“Ave Maria College, the Ypsilanti school begun and funded by Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, must repay the federal government $100,000 to $300,000 because it failed to properly document student financial aid applications, according to letters obtained by The News.
The school also has been censured by the federal Department of Education, and is under investigation by the department’s Inspector General, the letters state.
The Catholic college, founded in 1998, may be liable for more repayments as the investigation proceeds, Department of Education officials say.
The department audits roughly 30 percent of all students who receive financial aid and requires universities to submit each audited student’s documentation.
Students are required to fill out a basic form with income information. When audited, they are asked to provide additional information, including a tax return for themselves or their parents, and sign a form indicating the information is accurate. Ave Maria was made aware of the audit and the need for students’ documentation in the fall, said DOE officials.
The federal letter, dated June 21, says that from 2000 through 2002, the college provided only part of the documentation required for a significant number of students.”