North Carolina Central University Picks Up $1.1 Million Tab for Federal Financial Aid Costs of Students at Its Unauthorized Campus

For four years North Carolina Central University, the historically black educational institution in Durham, operated a satellite campus at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. The pastor of the church, Eddie Long, is a member of the board of trustees of NCCU.

However, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools was unaware of the program and had not given it accreditation. Therefore, students who took classes at the satellite campus were not eligible for the federal financial aid they received.

As a result, North Carolina Central University has agreed to repay the U.S. Department of Education $1.1 million for federal funds that were given to students who attended the Georgia campus.