Higher education (11 - 20 of 321 items)
Department of Education: Status of Prior GAO Recommendations
GAO-14-848T: Published: Sep 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2014.
The Department of Education (Education) has implemented 218 of the 286 recommendations GAO has made since fiscal year 2004, resulting in significant benefits and programmatic improvements. Education implemented 93 percent of recommendations made from fiscal year 2004 through 2009 within 4 years, a standard measure GAO uses to track performance, compared to the governmentwide average of around 80 p...
DOD Education Benefits: Action Is Needed to Ensure Evaluations of Postsecondary Schools Are Useful
GAO-14-855: Published: Sep 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2014.
In fiscal year 2013, 571 Department of Defense (DOD) education advisors were available to provide information and educational support to the nearly 280,000 service members taking courses funded through the military Tuition Assistance Program. This program accommodates service members, who may regularly be reassigned to another location (including overseas), by allowing them to take classes online,...
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: Oversight of Defaulted Loan Rehabilitation Needs Strengthening
GAO-14-426T: Published: Mar 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2014.
The Department of Education (Education) relies on collection agencies to assist borrowers in rehabilitating defaulted student loans, which allows borrowers who make nine on-time monthly payments within 10 months to have the default removed from their credit reports. Education works with 22 collection agencies to locate borrowers and explain repayment options, including rehabilitation. From fiscal...
Credit Cards: Marketing to College Students Appears to Have Declined
GAO-14-225: Published: Feb 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2014.
Trends associated with college affinity card agreements include fewer agreements and cardholders and declining payments, according to data GAO analyzed from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB). The number of affinity card agreements declined from 1,045 in 2009 to 617 in 2012 (41 percent). More than 70 percent...
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...
College Debit Cards: Actions Needed to Address ATM Access, Student Choice, and Transparency
GAO-14-91: Published: Feb 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2014.
At least 852 schools, or 11 percent of U.S. colleges and universities, had agreements to provide debit or prepaid card services to their students as of July 2013, and most offered students the ability to receive federal student aid and other payments on a card. These schools were disproportionately large; their enrollments constituted about 40 percent of all postsecondary students. However, the pe...
Federal Student Loans: Borrower Interest Rates Cannot Be Set in Advance to Precisely and Consistently Balance Federal Revenues and Costs
GAO-14-234: Published: Jan 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2014.
Total Direct Loan administrative costs grew from $314 million to $864 million from fiscal years 2007 to 2012, but federal costs per borrower have generally remained steady or fallen. The increase in total administrative costs largely results from an increase of over 300 percent in the number of Direct Loans during that same time period. One key factor contributing to this loan volume increase was...
Community Colleges: New Federal Research Center May Enhance Current Understanding of Developmental Education
GAO-13-656: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.
States and community colleges GAO visited have implemented several strategies to improve developmental education--which is remedial coursework in math, reading, or writing for students who are assessed not to be ready for college-level classes. Many initiatives involved shortening the amount of time for developmental education and better targeting material to an individual student's needs. For exa...
Status of the Department of Education's Inventory of Its Data Collections
GAO-13-596R: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2013.
Education's inventory of its data collections is expected to include descriptive information, referred to as metadata, about the context of each data collection, as well as the specific data elements reported by respondents for each collection. The inventory will contain the department's major data collections and will be ready for public release by November 2013, according to Education officials...