Nov. 02, 2011

SUNY Geneseo Corrects Error in U.S. News & World Report Merit-Based Aid List

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 GENESEO, N.Y. - U.S. News & World Report magazine will revise its online listing of colleges with the highest percentage of students receiving merit-based aid after being notified by SUNY Geneseo of an incorrect statistic.
Geneseo was erroneously placed on top of the list with 99 percent of its students receiving merit-based aid for the 2010-11 academic year when the actual number was 10 percent. An extra zero -- inadvertently added to the number of students receiving such aid in the data gathering process (5,320 instead of 532) -- grossly inflated the percentage to the incorrect figure. Geneseo had 5,377 full-time undergraduates in 2010-11. The college offers a variety of need and non-need based financial aid.
U.S. News & World Report has assured Geneseo that it will correct the figure so that students and parents who use such surveys can make accurate decisions when considering Geneseo.
The Huffington Post also reported on the U.S. News & World Report list and the college has notified that publication of the error.
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