Lawmakers want investigation into Sweet Briar College

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of state lawmakers is calling for the Virginia attorney general to investigate Sweet Briar College’s use of state funded tuition assistance in light of the college’s recent decision to close.

Lawmakers announced Tuesday they are circulating a letter that calls on Attorney General Mark Herring to investigate the small, private women’s college “acceptance and management” of about $770,000 in Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant funds in 2015 while the school’s board of directors was considering closing the school.

The letter does not allege any wrongdoing.

The lawmakers circulating the letter are Dels. Ben Cline and Christopher Peace and Sens. Tom Garrett and Chap Petersen.

Sweet Briar is scheduled to close Aug. 25. The college’s board announced the closing on March 3, angering alumnae and current students.

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