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Governor Scott wants review of FSCJ

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Updated: 10/01/2012 8:44 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students at Florida State College at Jacksonville are upset about the colleges recent financial aid mistakes.

"Especially in this economy right now, that's not what you want to be doing. That's a big issue," says student Desaray Glover.

In April, an auditor found that FSCJ wrongly approved roughly 1,700 Pell Grant appeals and federal loans. The college owes the federal government a $500,000 penalty, on top of the $4.2 million it wrongly awarded. FSCJ asked the students who received the wrongly approved grant and loan money to pay it back.

"They're just trying to clean up the mess and unfortunately it's hurting us students," says Glover.

Students are angry -- angry enough to get Gov. Rick Scott's attention. He tells Action News he wants a complete investigation into FSCJ's financial matters. Here's part of his statement: "I have reviewed key findings associated with recent audits of FSCJ and am concerned that lack of management and financial oversight has hurt students at the college."

He goes onto say these problems negatively impact the students and something needs to be done. "Based on these facts and in order to ensure the greatest possible confidence in such an important educational institution, the leadership of the college, from the top down, must be seriously reviewed."

FSCJ students are thankful Governor Scott is stepping in. They say it's time college leaders were held accountable. "This is a public college and their definitely does need to be a change of leadership," says student Daniel Spell.

We reached out the FSCJ officials today hoping for a comment about Governor Scott's concern. No one was available to comment.

The school's board of trustees will meet Tuesday for its October board meeting.

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