On Tuesday, a whistleblower released records revealing that for over a decade, financial aid employees of Howard University had misappropriated financial aid funds. The allegations, published in a Medium post, have since been taken down.
Howard University President Wayne Frederick confirmed the news that financial aid misappropriation had occurred in a statement released on Wednesday, saying, "While this has been a very difficult and disappointing situation, I know our campus community deserves better."
According to Frederick's statement, an internal investigation found that from 2007 to 2016, several employees of the university's financial aid department awarded themselves phony grants and scholarships. These employees were already receiving full tuition remission, and by fraudulently awarding themselves additional scholarships they were able to pocket significant funds.