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Howard University Financial Aid Scandal: Students Demand Answers, Continue To Protest

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Howard University Financial Aid Scandal: Students Demand Answers, Continue To Protest

Students at Howard University in Washington D.C. are on their sixth day of protesting at the school’s administration building amid a financial aid scandal in which six employees were fired for misusing funds.

Students protestors have made nine demands but so far the administration board has only met one—agreeing to extend the deadline for the $200 housing deposit for students until May 1.

The students are also demanding the resignation of the school’s president, Wayne Fredrick, along with the board of trustees. Fredrick allegedly knew about the scandal six months before it became public.

On Monday (April 2), the university issued a statement expressing full support of its president and trustees.

“The Council of Deans is confident that the plans, strategies, programs and activities of the University Board of Trustees and President Wayne A.I. Frederick are yielding positive results and are on a positive trajectory for a strong and positive future for our beloved institution,” the statement read.

Howard University said Fredrick met with students on Monday to hear concerns and answer questions. However, some student protestors weren’t informed of the meeting.

Fredrick released a statement confirming university grants, which were not federally-funded, were given to some employees who had also received tuition remissions or reductions. The combined financial aid packaged exceeded the cost of attendance. The employees allegedly pocketed the excess money.

Managing Editor, All Black Media

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