Pima College failed to follow federal aid rules

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By Brad Denny By Brad Denny

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal officials say Pima Community College is in danger of losing financial aid because of a failure to monitor the students who receive it.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a U.S. Department of Education audit determined that the school has no reliable system to track recipients who drop out or don't attend class.

The agency could demand PCC repay money and strip the school of its ability to give aid out.

Officials say 65 percent of new students and 35 percent of students overall at Pima Community College depend on federal aid.

The school has given $80 million in federal aid to 25,000 students in the last two years, which is the period covered by the audit.

PCC officials say they have been working to address the issue.