By Jennifer O’Leary, Staff ReporterFlorida Southern University announced Friday that it has agreed to pay $7.5 million in fines for violating a state law on using student identification numbers to access federal student aid.
The university, which opened in 2001, said it was following federal guidance on student aid eligibility and enrollment, which prohibits the use of student identification number numbers in enrollment decisions.
Under federal law, students enrolled at Florida Southern must show proof of identity before receiving federal aid.
The law does not specify which IDs students need to use to apply.
Under the settlement agreement, Florida Southern will also pay $1 million to the State College of Florida and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida for the use and distribution of their information and services, according to a news release.
Florida Southern had appealed the $7 million fine against it, according a university statement.