Student financial aid (81 - 90 of 200 items)
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...
Student Aid and Tax Benefits: Better Research and Guidance Will Facilitate Comparison of Effectiveness and Student Use
GAO-02-751: Published: Sep 13, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2002.
Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA), as first adopted in 1965, authorizes federal grant and loan programs, providing a total of $53 billion in assistance to 8.1 million students in fiscal year 1999. The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 allowed eligible taxpayers to reduce their tax liability by receiving up to $1,500 HOPE or $1,000 Lifetime Learning tax credit for tuition and course-related fees...
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...
Federal Student Loans: Flexible Agreements with Guaranty Agencies Warrant Careful Evaluation
GAO-02-254: Published: Jan 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2002.
The relationship between the Department of Education and state-designated guaranty agencies that run the largest federal student loan program is changing in order to achieve program and cost efficiencies and improve delivery of student financial aid. These state or private not-for-profit agencies guarantee payment if students fail to repay loans obtained through the Federal Family Education Loan p...
Student Financial Aid: Use of Middleware for Systems Integration Holds Promise
GAO-02-7: Published: Nov 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2001.
Although the Department of Education spent millions of dollars to modernize and integrate its nonintegrated financial aid systems during the past 10 years, these efforts have met with limited success. Recently, Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance (SFA) began using a software approach known as middleware to provide users with a more complete and integrated view of information in its...
Alternative Market Mechanisms for the Student Loan Program
GAO-02-84SP: Published: Dec 18, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2001.
This report reflects the results of a collaborative effort between GAO and representatives of the Secretary of Education. As required by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, GAO formed a study group to identify and evaluate a means of establishing a market mechanism for the delivery of student loans. This study group consisted of representatives of the Department of the Treasury, Office of Man...
VA Student Financial Aid: Potential Effect of Providing Education Tax Benefit Eligibility to Students Receiving VA Assistance
HEHS-00-40R: Published: Jan 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the eligibility for education tax benefits for students receiving financial assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), focusing on: (1) the major differences between VA's process of approving courses of study and the Department of Education's process of certifying schools; and (2) the number of VA students and schools t...
Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Education Taking Needed Actions But Work Remains
T-AIMD-99-180: Published: May 12, 1999. Publicly Released: May 12, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Education's efforts to ensure that its computer systems supporting critical student financial aid activities will be able to process information reliably through the turn of the century, focusing on: (1) the progress Education has made to date in making its information systems year 2000 compliant; and (2) the future tasks facing...
Higher Education: Tuition Increases and Colleges' Efforts to Contain Costs
HEHS-98-227: Published: Sep 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on issues regarding college tuition increases and what schools have done to keep down their costs, focusing on: (1) the extent to which tuition increases varied by type and size of school; (2) the extent to which there is a statistical relationship between increases in tuition and other factors such as cost increases at the schools; (3)...