- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima Community College has been banned from enrolling military veterans for at least 60 days while the school tries to correct the problems that led to the sanction.

The Arizona Department of Veterans Services imposed the penalty because of the Tucson college’s poor record-keeping practices for students who are military veterans.

The deficiencies have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

That’s money the federal government wrongly paid to veterans who weren’t eligible to receive it because Pima Community didn’t keep proper track of their status.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs asked the state to intervene after VA audits last December and two months ago found numerous problems, even after Pima Community promised to fix them.

The ban announced Friday doesn’t affect currently enrolled veteran students.