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Higher Education: Stronger Federal Oversight Needed to Enforce Ban on Incentive Payments to School Recruiters
GAO-11-10: Published: Oct 7, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2010.
In 1992, Congress banned schools participating in federal student aid programs from paying commissions, bonuses, or other financial incentives to individuals based on their success in enrolling students or securing their financial aid. The ban applies to all postsecondary schools, including private for-profit, public, and private nonprofit schools. Congress instituted this incentive compensation b...
Student Loans: Federal Web-based Tool on Private Loans Would Pose Implementation Challenges and May Be Unnecessary
GAO-10-990: Published: Sep 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2010.
Student loans play a key role in ensuring postsecondary access for millions of students each year. In fiscal year 2009, students and their families borrowed $90 billion in federal student loans to help pay the cost of postsecondary education. Traditionally, these loans have been available through two programs: the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan), in which the federal gove...
Higher Education: Institutions' Reported Data Collection Burden Is Higher Than Estimated but Can Be Reduced through Increased Coordination
GAO-10-871: Published: Aug 13, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2010.
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is the federal government's core postsecondary data collection program. Approximately 6,800 postsecondary schools are required to complete annual IPEDS surveys on topics including enrollment, graduation rates, and finances. As policymakers have sought additional data to increase accountability in postsecondary education, the number and com...
For-Profit Colleges: Undercover Testing Finds Colleges Encouraged Fraud and Engaged in Deceptive and Questionable Marketing Practices
GAO-10-948T: Published: Aug 4, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2010.
Enrollment in for-profit colleges has grown from about 365,000 students to almost 1.8 million in the last several years. These colleges offer degrees and certifications in programs ranging from business administration to cosmetology. In 2009, students at for-profit colleges received more than $4 billion in Pell Grants and more than $20 billion in federal loans provided by the Department of Educati...
Department of Education: Improved Dissemination and Timely Product Release Would Enhance the Usefulness of the What Works Clearinghouse
GAO-10-644: Published: Jul 23, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2010.
In connection with the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, GAO was required to study the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), a federal source of evidence about effective education practices. Operating through a 5-year contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the WWC reviews education research and disseminates its findings. GAO examined: (1) the extent...
Federal Student Loan Programs: Opportunities Exist to Improve Audit Requirements and Oversight Procedures
GAO-10-668: Published: Jul 21, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2010.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-315, mandated GAO to study the financial and compliance audits and reviews required or conducted for the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program and the Federal Direct Student Loan (DL) program. The Department of Education's (Education) Office of Federal Student Aid is responsible for administering these programs. This report focus...
Foreign Medical Schools: Education Should Improve Monitoring of Schools That Participate in the Federal Student Loan Program
GAO-10-412: Published: Jun 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2010.
Each year, the federal government makes a significant financial investment in the education and training of the U.S. physician workforce. A quarter of that physician workforce is composed of international medical graduates (IMG) and they include both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. In fiscal year 2008, the federal government loaned $633 million to U.S. students enrolled in foreign institution...
Students With Disabilities: More Information and Guidance Could Improve Opportunities in Physical Education and Athletics
GAO-10-519: Published: Jun 23, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2010.
Research has established that physical activity and participation in athletics provides important health and social benefits for children. Certain federal laws help ensure that kindergarten-12th grade schools provide students with disabilities opportunities to participate in physical education (PE) and extracurricular athletics equal to those of their peers. However, national associations have que...
Low-Income and Minority Serving Institutions: Sustained Attention Needed to Improve Education's Oversight of Grant Programs
GAO-10-659T: Published: May 27, 2010. Publicly Released: May 27, 2010.
Higher education has become more accessible than ever before, although students from some demographic groups still face challenges in attending college. To help improve access to higher education for minority and low-income students, Titles III and V of the Higher Education Act, as amended, provide grants to strengthen and support institutions that enroll large proportions of these students. GAO w...
Recovery Act: California's Use of Funds and Efforts to Ensure Accountability
GAO-10-467T: Published: Mar 5, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) specifies several roles for GAO, including conducting bimonthly reviews of selected states' and localities' use of funds made available under the act. This testimony is based on GAO's bimonthly work in California, where the Recovery Act provided more than $85 billion--or about 10 percent of the funds available nationally--for progra...