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Financial Aid Fraud

Every year the Department of Education makes billions of dollars of Title IV Funds and Loans available to students to help them pay for higher education. However, in order to qualify for these funds both students and colleges must satisfy certain eligibility requirements. Cases of student aid fraud often involve students making false statements on the FAFSA to the Department of Education and to colleges on legal verification documents.

Falsifying information either on the Sinclair Community College application for admission or on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is considered fraud.

In order to protect the integrity of its federal Title IV, State of Ohio, and institutional financial aid programs, Sinclair College complies with all existing statutory and regulatory requirements to disburse aid only to eligible students, to identify and resolve discrepancies in student information, to ensure all requirements regarding the regulatory definition of “regular students” status are met, and to report any suspected fraud to the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education. To that end, Sinclair actively monitors, reviews, and reports any suspected behavior or activity to fraudulently secure financial aid funds.

For more information, please see the Sinclair College Fraudulent Identification Policy.