Hundreds Who Got Aid At Chicago State Should Not Have Been Enrolled

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Hundreds of Chicago State University students received state financial aid even though their grades were so low that they shouldn’t have been allowed to enroll at the university, according to testimony Wednesday at a state hearing.

The state audit commission hearing comes after the Tribune reported last month that the South Side public university intentionally allowed failing students to remain in school to boost its enrollment numbers.

Sen. Edward Maloney, D-Chicago, chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, revealed that 449 students during 2008-2009, who should have been dismissed for poor academic performance based on university policy, received state financial aid given to needy students.

Of those students, 106 had a grade point average of 0.0 and still received financial aid from the taxpayer-funded Monetary Award Program, known as MAP.

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