Combating Financial Aid Fraud

In a 2014 audit report, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General concluded that “Distance education…creates new opportunities for fraud, abuse, and waste in the Title IV programs.” Have we improved in safeguarding federal financial aid funds since this report was issued? This webinar will share stories about institutions that have been victims of criminal activities in which fraudsters pose as students to pocket aid money. What lessons can we learn in preventing fraud in the future? Why is it important for college presidents to assure that proper safeguards are in place? Come prepared with your questions for our panelists.

Join us on Thursday, June 22 at 10:00 AM MDT for a free WCET Webcast. Follow the Twitter feed at #WCETwebcast.

This webcast is provided free and open to all. WCET has moved to GoToWebinar for its webcasts which allows up to 1,000 participants.

“Combatting Financial Aid Fraud” took place on June 22 at 10:00 AM MDT. The webcast ran for 60 minutes via GoToWebinar.


  • Kishia Brock, Vice President of Strategy and Compliance, Maricopa Community Colleges
  • Chris Bustamante, President, Rio Salado College
  • Tyson Heath, Manager of State Authorization, Western Governors University
  • Russ Poulin, Deputy Director, Policy and Analysis, WCET
  • Beverly Wade, Director, State Authorization in Distributed Learning, University of the Pacific


  • Amanda Babcock, Compliance Coordinator, University of Utah