Higher education (21 - 30 of 321 items)
College Textbooks: Students Have Greater Access to Textbook Information
GAO-13-368: Published: Jun 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2013.
Publishers included in GAO's study have disclosed textbook information required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), such as pricing and format options, and made components of bundled materials available individually, but stakeholders GAO interviewed said these practices have had little effect on faculty decisions. While most publishers in GAO's study provided all relevant textbook info...
VA Education Benefits: VA Needs to Improve Program Management and Provide More Timely Information to Students
GAO-13-338: Published: May 22, 2013. Publicly Released: May 22, 2013.
Student veterans face many challenges pursuing higher education, and problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) administration of the Post-9/11 GI Bill create financial challenges that also affect veterans' academic success. Veterans already cope with challenges transitioning into college as nontraditional students (older or with family obligations) while they are readjusting to civili...
Higher Education: Experts Cited a Range of Requirements as Burdensome
GAO-13-371: Published: Apr 10, 2013. Publicly Released: May 10, 2013.
Experts GAO interviewed offered varied opinions on which student financial aid requirements under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, are the most burdensome. While no single requirement was cited as burdensome by a majority of the 18 experts, 11 cited various consumer disclosure requirements--such as those pertaining to campus safety--primarily due to the time and difficulty...
Higher Education: A Small Percentage of Families Save in 529 Plans
GAO-13-64: Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
A small percentage of U.S. families saved in 529 plans in 2010, and those who did tended to be wealthier than others. According to the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), less than 3 percent of families saved in a 529 plan or Coverdell Education Savings Account (Coverdell)--a similar but less often used college savings vehicle also included in the SCF. While the economic downturn may have reduced i...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Labor Awarded Community College Grants in Accordance with Requirements, but Needs to Improve Its Process
GAO-12-954: Published: Sep 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2012.
The Department of Labor (Labor) designed and awarded the grants following its standard competitive award process by developing and publishing an announcement, screening applicants, and convening expert panels to score applications. It also collaborated with the Department of Education to develop the announcement and identify panelists. Though they varied in terms of target populations, as permitte...
Students with Disabilities: Better Federal Coordination Could Lessen Challenges in the Transition from High School
GAO-12-594: Published: Jul 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 2012.
Students with disabilities face several longstanding challenges accessing services that may assist them as they transition from high school into postsecondary education or the workforce--services such as tutoring, vocational training, and assistive technology. Eligible students with disabilities are entitled to transition planning services during high school, but after leaving high school, to rece...
Higher Education: Improved Tax Information Could Help Pay for College
GAO-12-863T: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
We found that 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. The number of students receiving Title IV aid increased from 10.4 million to 12.8 million, or 23 percent, from 2006 to 20...
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...
Postsecondary Education: Financial Trends in Public and Private Nonprofit Institutions
GAO-12-179: Published: Jan 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2012.
For fiscal years 1999 through 2009, both public and private nonprofit schools increasingly relied on tuition revenues when compared with other sources of revenue. Net tuition and feesrevenues received after subtracting institutional aid provided to studentsclimbed from 16 to 22 percent of total revenue at public schools, and from 29 to 40 percent at private nonprofit schools. According...
Higher Education and Disability: Improved Federal Enforcement Needed to Better Protect Students' Rights to Testing Accommodations
GAO-12-40: Published: Nov 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 2011.
Among accommodations requested and granted in the most recent testing year, approximately three-quarters were for extra time, and about half were for applicants with learning disabilities. High school and postsecondary school officials GAO interviewed reported advising students about which accommodations to request and providing documentation to testing companies, such as a student's accommodation...