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Sinclair Community 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.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports Sinclair Community College passed a policy to pursue payments owed after realizing it was the state's only community college not actively collecting student debt.

The Dayton school has written off about $6 million since 2009 as students dropped out or left tuition and bookstore charges unpaid.

It will write off $1.5 million for fiscal 2013. Officials determined they might have recovered about $900,000 from 1,400 this year through more aggressive collections.

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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