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Town hall meeting held to discuss issues at FSCJ

6:06 PM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students, faculty and staff packed into a community town hall meeting at Florida State College at Jacksonville on Thursday afternoon to learn more about how a financial aid mistake at the school cost the learning institution at least 2.5 million dollars.

School leaders say that in the 2010-2011 school year out of 48,000 financial aid applications being filed by students, there could have been up to 900 mistakes on their applications.

Another issue the crowd was concerned about is the school president Steve Wallace. He has been criticized for his spending on meals, entertainment, and charitable donations.

"I have to accept responsibility for what occurs, how we proceed, particularly my own actions that may have contributed to negative stories and negative perceptions both internally and externally," Wallace told the crowd.

"Bottom line is there is something I should have done," he continued. "I should have reduced the operating cost of my office and I'm here to acknowledge that mistake and apologize to the college community."

That apology fell on deaf ears for many students in the crowd, who say they're outraged that the Board of Trustees for the college has already voted to increase tuition. It's a move that could leave students paying $100 more each year.

Tammie Fields, 10 News

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