Bard College pays Uncle Sam $4 million in student filed whistleblower case

Bard College will pay $4 million for violating the False Claims Act concerning federal grants concerning the use of Title IV student aid funds. The wrongdoing was revealed by two former students of the college under The False Claims Act, allowing private individuals to file suits on behalf of the United States and share in the proceeds of the suit.

The allegations were that Bard got funds under the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program despite failing to comply with the conditions of the grant.The settlement also resolves allegations that Bard awarded, disbursed, and received Title IV student loan funds at campus locations before such locations were accredited or before providing notice of such locations to the Department of Education, in violation of applicable regulations and Bard’s Title IV Program Participation Agreements with the Department of Education.

Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers