Macalester, St. Olaf warned about misleading financial-aid language

Clarity would help (drewgeraets via Flickr)

This week, Macalester and St. Olaf colleges made U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-Md) list of 111 colleges that were breaking federal financial-aid regulations.

The schools on the list apparently weren’t being clear with students about financial-aid requirements. They led many applicants to believe it was necessary to complete an extra form and pay a fee to be eligible for aid — which is not the case.

St. Olaf and Macalester officials told the Star Tribune they didn’t mean to mislead anyone. Brian Lindeman, Macalester’s director of financial aid, told the paper:

I can see that our instructions could be more clear.”

The paper reported that St. Olaf has changed its instructions.

You can read the full story here.