There are difficult situations where students and/or parents purposefully misrepresent information in hopes of obtaining assistance. The FAO is required to have a policy of referral when confronted with actual or suspected cases of fraud and abuse.

Policy for Fraud
Students and parents who willfully submit fraudulent information will be investigated to the fullest extent possible. All cases of fraud and abuse will be reported to the proper authorities.

Procedures for Fraud
If, in an Aid Administrator's judgment, there has been intentional misrepresentation, false statements, or alteration of documents which have resulted or could result in the awarding or disbursement of funds for which the student is not eligible, the case shall be referred to the Director for possible action. After the situation is investigated, if the Director believes there is a fraudulent situation, all information must be forwarded to the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Education or the local law enforcement agency.