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Adrian Walker

Roxbury Community College gets financial aid, three months late

For about 1,400 students at Roxbury Community College, the checks are finally in the mail. And the mad scramble to get them out is just another sign of the dysfunction choking what should be an important Boston institution.

The checks in question are for financial aid, vital funds normally disbursed near the beginning of a semester, rather than at the end of it. But the money could not be paid because the college struggled for months to comply with government regulations on eligibility for the aid, two college administrators said. Students who qualify can use the government money to help cover tuition, as well as books, transportation, and other expenses.

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