ANDERSON, Ind. —
Students who owe Indiana's community college system money and are expecting a tax refund may be in for a surprise.
More than 30 campuses in the Ivy Tech system have implemented a tax intercept program this year.
The college is losing out on about $12 million every year because of student-owed money.
The tax refund offset program, used by the state in collecting back child support, will be a “significant tool” as Ivy Tech will be asking the State Department of Revenue to divert part or all of a tax refund to cover debts owed by students.
Three-quarters of the money owed is related to some type of financial aid, such as Title IV programs like the Pell Grant.
Already students aren’t allowed to register for classes if they owe money. They can’t graduate, either — even if it’s just a parking ticket or library fine.
Details for this story were provided by The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind.