- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Auditors say the state university on Long Island was overpaid nearly $4.2 million over three years in tuition aid for ineligible students.

The amount is a projection based on an audit of 175 students at Stony Brook University that disallowed 21 payments.

The report says many weren’t enrolled for at least 12 credits in their designated programs or repeating courses for which they already earned credit.

Auditors say New York’s Higher Education Services Corp. should get the $4.2 million back.

University spokeswoman Lauren Sheprow says Stony Brook has added staff and training for those who advise TAP-eligible students and they won’t request reimbursement from the students audited.

She adds “something is wrong” with interpreting the aid program to disallow students because of advanced placement classes they took in high school.

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