Student financial aid (31 - 40 of 64 items)
Federal Family Education Loan Program: More Oversight Is Needed for Schools That Are Lenders
GAO-05-184: Published: Jan 24, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2005.
In fiscal year 2004, lenders made about $65 billion in loans through the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) to assist students in paying for postsecondary education. The Higher Education Act (HEA), which authorizes FFELP, broadly defined eligible lenders--including schools. The Department of Education's (Education) Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) is responsible for ensuring that len...
Office of Federal Student Aid: Better Strategic and Human Capital Planning Would Help Sustain Management Progress
GAO-05-31: Published: Oct 6, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2004.
In 2003, the Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) managed about $60 billion in new financial aid. In 1998, the Congress designated FSA as a performance-based organization. In so doing, it specified purposes for the agency, such as to reduce program costs and increase accountability of its officials, and provided flexibilities such as allowing FSA to pay bonuses. Also FSA i...
Distance Education: Improved Data on Program Costs and Guidelines on Quality Assessments Needed to Inform Federal Policy
GAO-04-279: Published: Feb 26, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2004.
Distance education--that is, offering courses by Internet, video, or other forms outside the classroom--has changed considerably in recent years and is a growing force in postsecondary education. More than a decade ago, concerns about fraud and abuse by some correspondence schools led to federal restrictions on, among other things, the percentage of courses a school could provide by distance educa...
Direct Student Loan Program: Management Actions Could Enhance Customer Service
GAO-04-107: Published: Nov 20, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2003.
In 1993, Congress authorized the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program as an alternative to the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). While the Direct Loan Program was originally mandated to replace FFELP, Congress revised the law allowing both loan programs to continue. Since that time, competition between the programs has been credited with improving borrower benefits and service...
Federal Student Aid: Expanding Eligibility for Less Than Halftime Students Could Increase Program Costs, But Benefits Uncertain
GAO-03-905: Published: Sep 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2003.
Despite the availability of federal, state, and other sources of student aid, concerns have been raised that adult undergraduates--those 24 and older--receive inadequate assistance in meeting the costs of postsecondary education, particularly those adults who take one to five credits per term (or less than halftime). These concerns have been raised because less-than halftime adult students are una...
Student Financial Aid: Monitoring Aid Greater Than Federally Defined Need Could Help Address Student Loan Indebtedness
GAO-03-508: Published: Apr 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2003.
Over half of the $80.4 billion in financial aid provided to college students in the 2000-01 school year came from the federal government in the form of grants and loans provided under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA). To help finance their education, students and families may have received other funds from states, private groups or lenders, and/or the schools themselves. We initiated thi...
Department of Education: Guaranteed Student Loan Program Vulnerabilities
GAO-03-268R: Published: Nov 21, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2003.
Congress requested that GAO investigate weaknesses in the Department of Education's administration of student loans for postsecondary education under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. As a result of the undercover investigation, GAO exposed vulnerabilities in the administration of the FFEL Program. GAO set up a fictitious school and sought and obtained approval for student loans to...
School Vouchers: Characteristics of Privately Funded Programs
GAO-02-752: Published: Sep 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2002.
Privately funded voucher programs are a new development in the nation's experiment with school vouchers. These programs, started in the early 1990s, provide low-income families with private, nongovernmental tuition assistance at private schools for kindergarten through grade 12. Although private schools have long offered various forms of financial assistance, many of these privately funded voucher...
Federal Student Aid: Additional Management Improvements Would Clarify Strategic Direction and Enhance Accountability
GAO-02-255: Published: Apr 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2002.
The Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) administers more than $53 billion in financial aid for more than 8.1 million students. Since 1990, GAO has included student financial aid on its high-risk list. To address these and other long-standing management weaknesses, Congress established FSA as a performance-based organization (PBO) within Education in 1998. To develop and i...
Veterans' Education Benefits: Comparison of Federal Assistance Awarded to Veteran and Nonveteran Students
GAO-02-368: Published: Feb 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2002.
The Montgomery GI Bill provides a monthly stipend to pay postsecondary education expenses for veterans and eligible service members. Concerns have been raised about whether GI benefits adequately cover educational costs and whether the receipt of GI benefits affects other federal financial assistance available to postsecondary students under Title IV of the Higher Education Act and the Internal Re...