Student loans (51 - 60 of 210 items)
Department of Education: Guaranteed Student Loan Program Vulnerabilities
GAO-03-268R: Published: Nov 21, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2003.
Congress requested that GAO investigate weaknesses in the Department of Education's administration of student loans for postsecondary education under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. As a result of the undercover investigation, GAO exposed vulnerabilities in the administration of the FFEL Program. GAO set up a fictitious school and sought and obtained approval for student loans to...
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...
Direct Student Loans: Additional Steps Would Increase Borrowers' Awareness of Electronic Debiting and Reduce Federal Administrative Costs
GAO-02-350: Published: Mar 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2002.
Since 1999, the Department of Education (Education) has offered a 0.25 percent interest rate reduction to borrowers who agree to an electronic debit (EDA) program. Borrowers pay a lower interest rate, while the federal government receives fewer late payments. Any revenue loss to the federal government from a reduced interest rate would be more than offset by a gain in revenue because some EDA borr...
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...
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...
Department of Education: Key Aspects of the Federal Direct Loan Program's Cost Estimates
GAO-01-197: Published: Jan 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2001.
The Department of Education runs two major federal student loan programs, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP) and the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). Under FDLP, students or their parents borrow money directly from the federal government through the schools the students attend. Under FFELP, money is borrowed from private lenders, and the federal government guarant...
Student Loans: Direct Loan Default Rates
GAO-01-68: Published: Oct 17, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2000.
This report focuses on the default rate for student loans. Two major federal student loan programs, the Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP) and the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), together provided student borrowers with about 9 million loans totaling about $42.9 billion in fiscal year 1999. The most recent student loan default rate statistics for schools showed that, overall, the di...
Higher Education: Trustee Arrangements Serve Useful Purpose in Student Loan Market
HEHS-00-170: Published: Sep 25, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on student loan trustee arrangements, focusing on the: (1) number and cost of trustee arrangements and their shared characteristics; (2) benefits and protections afforded the federal government through use of trustee arrangements; and (3) effect of trustee arrangements on market participation and the availability of student loans.GAO no...
Direct Student Loans: Legality of Regulations Authorizing Origination Fee Reduction
B-283717: Published: Sep 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1999.
GAO commented on the legality of recent regulations authorizing the reduction of the origination fee charged in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program. In GAO's view, the regulations conflict with a statutory requirement that the Department of Education charge a 4 percent origination fee for loans made under the Direct Loan Program...
Student Loans: Default Rates Need To Be Computed More Appropriately
HEHS-99-135: Published: Jul 28, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Education's method of calculating a school's student loan default rate, focusing on: (1) whether there has been an increase in the number of borrowers who entered repayment but subsequently received deferments or forbearances; (2) what effect would excluding borrowers whose loans were in deferment or forbearance have on the most r...