Central Michigan University to Pay Tuition After Scholarship Mistake

A full course including tuition, room and board, plus a $5,000 scholarship to study abroad and admission to the school’s honors program....


A full course including tuition, room and board, plus a $5,000 scholarship to study abroad and admission to the school’s honors program.

That’s what 58 high school students learned they would receive from Central Michigan University when they were notified over the weekend that they had received the school’s prestigious Centralis Scholar Award.

But on Sunday, they received horrible news: this message had been sent to them by mistake. In fact, they had actually not received the scholarship from the university of about 20,000 students in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Three days later, however, Central Michigan University said in a statement late Wednesday that it plans to pay four years of full tuition to students who were mistakenly told they had received full rides. They will not, however, receive any other scholarship benefits, a university spokesperson said.

The university said it would contact students with the amended offer.

“We deeply regret the disappointment and frustration caused by the test message error in the student portal,” the university said in the statement.

Earlier Wednesday, the university said messages about the Centralis Scholar Award were inadvertently sent by school staff members while testing new messaging technology.

On Sunday, the university’s executive director of admissions contacted the families of the students who received the messages in error to apologize for the miscommunication, the university said.

In an updated statement late Wednesday, Central Michigan University said that “to make it right,” the 58 students who received the congratulations message in error will now receive offers “to increase their scholarship amount at the equivalent to a full scholarship.”

It was unclear what specific amounts students would receive, but undergraduate tuition is $12,750 per year, according to the university.

It was also unclear Wednesday night if the students were eligible for the Centralis Scholar Award.

To receive the award, high school seniors must have a grade point average of at least 3.7, depending on the university.

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