University fined $1.2m for improper student aid

Norwich University agreed to pay more than $1.2 million in penalties after an audit discovered a university employee had helped students get more federal aid than they were entitled to. The US attorney’s office said the investigation into the school’s student aid practices arose in 2008 following an audit by the US Department of Education. The investigation determined that a high- ranking official with the Northfield university, who has since been fired, had instructed students to assert they were independent of their parents, even when they were not. The aid was used for tuition.