Financial Aid Fraud Policy
Federal regulations [34 CFR 668.16(g)] require a school to refer to the Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) any credible information indicating that an applicant for Federal Student aid may have engaged in fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with his or her application. Fraud is the intent to deceive as opposed to a mistake. Commonly falsified items include false claims of independent student status, false claims of citizenship, use of false identities, forgery of signatures of certifications, and false statements of income. If such intent is suspected on the part of a student, employee or third-party servicer, the case will be referred to the Technical College System of Georgia's legal counsel immediately for initial investigation, followed by a formal report made to the OIG.