Allegations of fraud, especially involving students receiving federal Title IV student financial aid, are taken very seriously by the CSUB Office of Financial Aid, as well as by the U.S. Office of Inspector General. If we suspect that a student, employee, or other individual has misreported information and/or altered documentation to increase his/her student aid eligibility, or to fraudulently obtain federal funds, our office will conduct a preliminary investigation by reviewing the student's file for inconsistencies in income and other information provided by the student. We will also review any evidence provided by the accuser. Upon the conclusion of our preliminary investigation, if we suspect or have reason to believe that the student "knowingly and willfully embezzled, misapplied, stole, obtained by fraud, false statement or forgery, or failed to refund any funds, assets, or property, " we will forward the information via referral to the CSUB University Police and the U.S. Office of Inspector General. If found guilty, such acts are punishable by fines, imprisonment, or both.
Examples of Financial Aid Fraud may include, but are not limited to:
- FAFSA fraud
- Falsification of entrance exams
- Falsification of GEDs/high school diplomas
- Falsification of attendance
- Falsification of grades
- Loan theft/forgeries
- Falsification of identity
The government, campus community, students, and general public are all vital partners in assisting us to ensure that federal, state, and institutional funds, assets, and property are safeguarded, and operate in a sound and effective manner for the benefit of public education. All information reported is confidential. If you suspect fraud, please contact the CSUB Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships. You may also obtain additional information about fraud from the Office of Inspector General.