Federal assistance programs (1 - 10 of 24 items)
Higher Education: Actions Needed to Improve Access to Federal Financial Assistance for Homeless and Foster Youth
GAO-16-343: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: May 19, 2016.
Available research suggests that a lower percentage of youth who have been in foster care enroll in and complete college compared to other youth, but little is known about homeless youth. While the Departments of Education (Education) and Health and Human Services (HHS) administer programs that can help them with college, Education data from 2009 (the latest available) indicate that a lower percen...
Education Grants: Promise Neighborhoods Promotes Collaboration but Needs National Evaluation Plan
GAO-14-432: Published: May 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2014.
The Department of Education (Education) used a two-phase strategy for awarding Promise Neighborhoods (Promise) grants, and aligned grant activities with program goals. Education awarded 1-year planning grants to organizations with the potential to effectively align services for students in their respective neighborhoods. Planning grants were generally intended to enhance the grantees' capacity to...
Financial Literacy: Overview of Federal Activities, Programs, and Challenges
GAO-14-556T: Published: Apr 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2014.
In its July 2012 report, GAO identified 16 significant financial literacy programs or activities among 14 federal agencies in fiscal year 2010, and 4 housing counseling programs among 2 agencies and a federally chartered entity. As of April 2014, 3 of the financial literacy programs and 1 housing counseling program no longer existed or no longer received funding, and no new federal programs had be...
Federal Student Loans: Impact of Loan Limit Increases on College Prices Is Difficult to Discern
GAO-14-7: Published: Feb 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 2014.
For more than a decade, college prices have been rising consistently and have continued to rise at a gradual pace after the Stafford loan limit increases were enacted in 2008 and 2009. However, it is difficult to determine if a direct relationship exists between increases in college prices and the Stafford loan limit increases because of the confluence of many other factors that occurred around th...
Higher Education: Improved Tax Information Could Help Families Pay for College
GAO-12-560: Published: May 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2012.
Multiple Title IV programs and tax expenditures provided substantial aid to populations across income levels. In 2009, 12.8 million students received Title IV aid, and approximately 18-million tax filers claimed a higher education tax benefit for current expenses. Recent increases in both programs from 2008 to 2009 may be because of enrollment increases and legislative actions, among other factors...
School Bullying: Legal Protections for Vulnerable Youth Need to Be More Fully Assessed
GAO-12-785T: Published: Jun 8, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2012.
With regard to the prevalence and effects of bullying, our findings suggest that reported levels of bullying and related effects are significant. Research shows that bullying can have detrimental outcomes for victims, including adverse psychological and behavioral outcomes. According to four nationally representative surveys conducted from 2005 to 2009, an estimated 20 to 28 percent of youth, prim...
No Child Left Behind Act: States Face Challenges Measuring Academic Growth
GAO-06-948T: Published: Jul 27, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2006.
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) requires that states improve academic performance so that all students reach proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014 and that achievement gaps close among student groups. States set annual proficiency targets using an approach known as a status model, which calculates test scores 1 year at a time. Some states have interest in using growth models that mea...
Vocational Rehabilitation: Better Measures and Monitoring Could Improve the Performance of the VR Program
GAO-05-865: Published: Sep 23, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2005.
The Department of Education (Education) provides more than $2.5 billion annually to the states for a federal-state vocational rehabilitation (VR) program to help individuals with disabilities become employed. This program is among a large number of federal programs intended to assist people with disabilities. In 2003 GAO placed federal disability programs on its list of high-risk programs because...
No Child Left Behind Act: Additional Assistance and Research on Effective Strategies Would Help Small Rural Districts
GAO-04-909: Published: Sep 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2004.
To improve the academic achievement of the nation's 48 million school-aged children, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) introduced significant changes to state, district, and school accountability for student performance and teacher qualifications. Congress has raised concerns about difficulties rural districts face implementing NCLBA. GAO is providing NCLBA implementation information on (1) key...
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...