Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Former Morris Brown President Says Bills Were Paid with Financial Aid. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Former Morris Brown President Says Bills Were Paid with Financial Aid. (Noteworthy News)

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ATLANTA

Former Morris Brown College president Dr. Dolores Cross acknowledges that the school used $8 million in student financial aid to pay bills, but she says the U.S. Department of Education has overreacted in a review of financial practices at the college.

"When the money came in, we paid the vendors," Cross told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last month. "When you have a college that is 82 percent tuition-driven, when money comes in, you pay bills. You take care of faculty."

Federal investigators are exploring whether Morris Brown committed fraud by paying expenses rather than disbursing the funds to student accounts (see Black Issues, Oct. 24).

The historically Black college, part of the Atlanta University Center, has been ordered to repay the Department of Education $5.4 million because the school could not prove students qualified for the funds or that all of them were even enrolled. The school, which has about 2,500 students, has not repaid any of the money, according to the Department of Education. …

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