Sex Offender Abuses Financial Aid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State officials are trying to close a loophole that allowed a sex offender living in a state-run treatment facility to wrongly receive financial aid for room and board.

Connie Hutchison of the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board says the offender received an award for living expenses even though those were already covered by taxpayers. She says the offender was taking distance courses and eligible for tuition aid.

The board is working on a policy to make sure that incarcerated individuals do not receive more financial aid than they should.

Board chairwoman Mary Jo Green says schools have no way of uncovering such abuses. She says the federal financial aid form the state relies on to award aid does not ask whether students live in state-run facilities.

She says that's a crack that needs to be filled.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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