Posted September 09, 2019 06:15:42 Updated September 10, 2019 08:21:42 A year after the university admitted to paying for the tuition fees of $40,000-a-year students at its flagship campus in Houston, the university has finally acknowledged the error.
Key points:A statement from Macaleste College says the mistake was not discovered until last month but it has now admitted the error and reimbursed the studentsThe college said the mistake had been “a mistake” and that it had not paid any students’ tuitionThe university said it is taking steps to prevent the issue from happening again and that the $40-million cost of the mistake has been covered by an internal audit.
Macalester College in the town of Pearland, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) north-west of Houston, paid $40.7 million in tuition fees for four years to more than 1,200 students in the early 1990s.
Key findings: A statement issued on Thursday by Macalesters college said it was unaware of any students who had received the mistake until last week.
The statement said the error was discovered when a former Macalesm College president asked the school’s financial director, the former president of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, to report it to the Macalestte College Board of Trustees (CCTB).
“After learning of the error, the CCTB acted promptly, notified the College and made arrangements to reimburse the students for their tuition,” the statement said.
Macaleste said it will reimburse the $20,000 student loan of the former student, who will have the full cost of his tuition.
“The college was unaware that the former Macalette president had reported the error until after the CTCB was informed,” the college said.
The CCTBs decision came just days after Macalesty College’s chief executive, Brian Riehl, resigned amid allegations of financial mismanagement.
“I am sorry to say that while we take the matter seriously, we have not taken any action that would prevent this mistake from happening in the future,” Mr Riell said in a statement.
“We will work with the CTAB to determine the appropriate course of action to correct this error.”
The College of Agricultural and Natural Resource, which is affiliated with the University of Houston and the University at Albany, said in its statement that it would reimburse the student’s loan for the remaining $10,000.
“We take seriously the allegation of an improper tuition payment for this student,” the CNTR said.
“The CTABs investigation is ongoing and will provide us with more information as it becomes available.”