Higher Education Services Corporation - Tuition Assistance Program

SYRIT Computer School Systems

During the 1991-92 through 1993-94 academic years, SYRIT Computer School Systems certified $4.3 million in Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards. We disallowed $2,794,125 of these awards as well as $23,269 in awards that related to other academic years. The total $2,817,394 was disallowed because students were incorrectly certified as eligible for the awards. For example, some students received awards even though their courses were taught by unlicensed teachers or had more students per teacher than are permitted by State regulations. In addition, many students were allowed to graduate from SYRIT, even though they had not received the minimum number of instructional hours required for graduation. We also identified other questionable practices, as SYRIT artificially inflated its tuition to maximize the amount of the TAP awards paid to students and students routinely dropped out of a program that was eligible for TAP awards after taking a number of courses in a subject that was not eligible for TAP awards. We recommend that the Higher Education Services Corporation evaluate SYRIT's continued participation in State financial aid programs.

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