Denial of Recertification to Charlotte School of Law (CSL)
After an extensive review, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) acted to deny CSL’s application for recertification to continue participation in the federal student aid programs. On Nov. 14, 2016, CSL’s accreditor, the American Bar Association (ABA), placed CSL on probation due to the school’s noncompliance with several standards necessary to maintain the ABA’s accreditation. ED determined that CSL’s noncompliance with the ABA’s requirements resulted in the school’s violation of the Higher Education Act, the federal student aid program regulations, and the terms of CSL’s Program Participation Agreement with ED. ED also determined that CSL made substantial misrepresentations to current and prospective students regarding the nature and extent of its accreditation and the likelihood of its graduates passing the bar exam.
The letter issued to CSL on Dec. 19, 2016, notified the school that ED denied its application for recertification. The letter further notified CSL that, effective Dec. 31, 2016, CSL’s participation in the federal student aid programs would end. CSL has until Jan. 3, 2017, to provide ED with factual evidence to dispute ED’s findings. If the evidence submitted by CSL causes ED to change its determination, CSL’s application to be recertified may be approved, and may allow CSL to regain its ability to receive federal student aid program funds.
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