JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Four high-ranking school officials will be suspended for their role in Florida State College at Jacksonville's financial aid mess. This all has to do with Pell Grants, that were wrongfully awarded to students who didn't qualify for them. These financial mistakes were discovered by an auditor in April, who found that FSCJ wrongly approved 1,700 Pell Grant appeals and federal loans.
Action News has just learned that four high-ranking officials at FSCJ will be suspended for their roles in this financial aid mess. The school's board voted today to suspend the deans of the North, South, and Kent campuses--along with the executive director of the Deerwood center.
The school says all played a role in wrongly awarding Pell Grants to students who did not qualify for the money.
"This is a great institution. We've has some bumps in the road and we're working on those. But as far as the basics of the school, this is an excellent school," says FSCJ chairwoman Gwen Yates.
Tuesday's meeting recommended several changes for the college to avoid a similar situation in the future. These included an internal auditor and a chief of staff. The college owes the federal government a $500,000 penalty on top of the $4.2 million they wrongly awarded to students.