Ohio college to pursue more student debt payments

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwestern Ohio community college that wrote off millions of dollars in student debt is adopting a more aggressive approach to collect money owed.

Sinclair Community College passed a policy to aggressively pursue student tuition debt and some bookstore charges after finding some Ohio community colleges more actively pursue those collections.

Sinclair has written off about $6 million since 2009 as students dropped out or left tuition and bookstore charges unpaid. It will write off about $1.5 million for fiscal 2013.

Officials determined about $900,000 from 1,400 students might have been recovered through more aggressive collections.

The Dayton Daily News reports a college trustee said the change should address the “significant” amount of uncollected debt and encourage students to stick with classes because they’ll have to pay either way.

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