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BATON ROUGE - Students at Capital Area Technical College missed out on financial aid, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

The reports says 693 students attending CATC did not receive academic excellence and operational fee waivers totalling $58,635, although they were later identified as being eligible.

Almost 3,500 students attend five CATC campuses in Louisiana, where students learn career skills like welding and nursing.

From year to year, tuition at CATC increases. To make up for the costs, students are eligible to apply for aid, something Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says CATC did not offer.

"The legislature intended this law to help students to not be prohibited from going to school by increasing costs," he said.

CATC Chief Business Officer Mike Hubbs says the money went to pay for additional education costs.

"If we use any of our excellence fees, we use that for adjunct instructors," said Hubbs.

During October 2012, CATC made the additional waiver available to their students and now offer an application to help cover the added costs.

"The purpose of this Tuition Hardship Waiver is to make it easier for students when the tuition goes up," explains Public Relations Officer Tammy Brown. "They can stay in school and we definitely want to keep them in school."

So far this semester, two CATC students have applied and received the additional financial aid.


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