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Perkins Loan Matter Frequently Asked Questions

Merrimack’s former director of financial aid, Christine Mordach, pleaded guilty on March 24, 2015 to fraud related to her administration of Merrimack’s Perkins Loan Program during the years 1998-2007. In August 2015, Ms. Mordach began a prison term and was ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution to the victims of her fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office formally named Merrimack College one of the victims of her fraud, noting that she took pains to conceal her actions from the college and its officials. President Hopey took office in summer 2010 and soon uncovered irregularities in the Perkins Loan program; Ms Mordach’s employment at the college ended in 2011. The president announced then, and has continued to state publicly, in the media and in correspondence with identified student victims, that the college will provide reimbursement and write-offs to those identified.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office worked to contact each of the identified victims, as did Merrimack College.

This page has been developed by Merrimack to address those questions commonly posed by the community.

Click on the questions to reveal the answers.

How do I know if I am a victim of a Perkins loan fraud?

How are victims being compensated?

The questionnaire I sent back to the government had the wrong information for what I am owed. How can I get what I am entitled to?

How can I be sure that my reimbursement from Merrimack covers my financial loss due to fraud?

I had other educational loans. How do I know these were not affected?

When can I expect to receive my restitution and/or reimbursement?

What if a fraudulent Perkins loan harmed my credit?

When will I get confirmation that my fraudulent Perkins loan was written off and credit cleared, and from whom will I get the confirmation?

How can I confirm that the invalid loan was written off?

I heard that some people have received letters or reimbursement checks from Merrimack. Why wasn’t I contacted?