Is Your Distance Education Course Actually a Correspondence Course?
By Russ Poulin
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College should refund $42 million in federal financial aid dollars that it dispersed to students over a five year period. That is the finding of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General, which found that many “distance education” courses should have been classified as “correspondence” courses.
From the recently-released Final Audit Report: “According to Section 102(a)(3)(B) of the HEA, an institution is not eligible to participate in the Title IV programs if 50 percent or more of its students were enrolled in correspondence courses during its latest complete award year.”