Colleges and universities (21 - 30 of 49 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...
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...
Distance Education: Challenges for Minority Serving Institutions and Implications for Federal Education Policy
GAO-04-78T: Published: Oct 6, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2003.
The Higher Education Act of 1965 gives special recognition to some postsecondary schools--called Minority Serving Institutions--that serve a high percentage of minority students. These and other schools face stiff challenges in keeping pace with technology. One rapidly growing area, distance education, has commanded particular attention and an estimated 1.5 million students have enrolled in at lea...
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)...
Student Loans: Characteristics of Students and Default Rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
HEHS-98-90: Published: Apr 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed several issues regarding default rates at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), focusing on: (1) a comparison of freshman students at HBCUs with those at all colleges and universities in terms of the academic and socioeconomic characteristics that have been linked to student loan defaults; (2) differences in socioeconomic characteris...
Student Financial Aid: Federal Aid Awarded to Students Taking Remedial Courses
HEHS-97-142: Published: Aug 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined remedial education among college freshman and sophomore (underclassmen) financial aid recipients for the fall 1995 term, focusing on the share of financial aid dollars: (1) awarded to underclassmen who enrolled in remedial courses; and (2) used by underclassmen to pay for remedial classes. GAO also examined why and how colleges provide remedial edu...
Higher Education: Verification Helps Prevent Student Aid Payments to Ineligible Noncitizens
HEHS-97-153: Published: Aug 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the extent to which illegal aliens are receiving postsecondary federal student financial assistance, focusing on: (1) the processes that ensure that ineligible noncitizens do not receive federal financial aid under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965; (2) how many potentially ineligible noncitizen applicants were identified through these...
Higher Education: Tuition Increasing Faster Than Household Income and Public Colleges' Costs
HEHS-96-154: Published: Aug 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1996.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO provided information on: (1) changes in college tuition levels relative to increases in consumer prices and families' ability to pay; (2) the extent that increased expenditures for instruction, administration, research, and other services have contributed to the increase in colleges' overall expenditures; (3) how tuition levels at public colleges and univers...
Higher Education: Selected Information on Student Financial Aid Received by Legal Immigrants
HEHS-96-7: Published: Nov 24, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on student financial aid to legal immigrants, focusing on the: (1) number of legal immigrants that received student aid during 1992 through 1993 and the amount of aid they received; (2) states in which these grant recipients lived; and (3) types of schools they attended.GAO found that: (1) in academic year 1992 to 1993, about 390,000 le...
Higher Education: Restructuring Student Aid Could Reduce Low-Income Student Dropout Rate
HEHS-95-48: Published: Mar 23, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how student financial aid affects low-income students' dropout rates, focusing on whether: (1) the timing of loan and grant aid influences students' dropout rates; and (2) restructuring federal grant programs could improve low-income students' dropout rates.GAO found that: (1) grants and loans do not have the same effects on reducing low-income col...