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Proprietary Schools: Stronger Department of Education Oversight Needed to Help Ensure Only Eligible Students Receive Federal Student Aid
GAO-09-600: Published: Aug 17, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2009.
For-profit schools-also known as proprietary schools-received over $16 billion in federal loans, grants, and campus-based aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act in 2007/08. GAO was asked to determine (1) how the student loan default profile of proprietary schools compares with that of other types of schools and (2) the extent to which Education's policies and procedures for monitoring stud...
Federal Student Aid: Recent Changes to Eligibility Requirements and Additional Efforts to Promote Awarness Could Increase Academic Competitiveness and SMART Grant Participation
GAO-09-343: Published: Mar 25, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2009.
The Academic Competitiveness (AC) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants were established by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The grants provide merit-based financial aid to certain low-income college students eligible for Federal Pell Grants and are administered by the Department of Education (Education). In the first year of implementation, participation wa...
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...
Federal Student Aid: Expanding Eligibility for Less Than Halftime Students Could Increase Program Costs, But Benefits Uncertain
GAO-03-905: Published: Sep 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2003.
Despite the availability of federal, state, and other sources of student aid, concerns have been raised that adult undergraduates--those 24 and older--receive inadequate assistance in meeting the costs of postsecondary education, particularly those adults who take one to five credits per term (or less than halftime). These concerns have been raised because less-than halftime adult students are una...
Student Financial Aid: Monitoring Aid Greater Than Federally Defined Need Could Help Address Student Loan Indebtedness
GAO-03-508: Published: Apr 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2003.
Over half of the $80.4 billion in financial aid provided to college students in the 2000-01 school year came from the federal government in the form of grants and loans provided under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA). To help finance their education, students and families may have received other funds from states, private groups or lenders, and/or the schools themselves. We initiated thi...
Student Loans: Limited Information Is Available to Determine How Students' College Debt Affects Their School and Lifestyle Decisions
HEHS-98-97R: Published: Mar 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the availability of information on the extent to which students' debt or anticipated debt affected: (1) students' choices about whether and where to enroll in college or whether or how much to borrow in order to attend; (2) the length of time it took baccalaureate graduates to earn their degree and their choices regarding graduate school and employ...
Higher Education: Students Have Increased Borrowing and Working to Help Pay Higher Tuitions
HEHS-98-63: Published: Feb 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the changes that have occurred in recent years in the percentage of undergraduate and graduate/professional students who borrow and in the cumulative amount of their borrowing; (2) the changes that have occurred in the percentage of undergraduate and graduate/professional students who work and the number of hours they work; (3)...
Student Loans: Default Rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
HEHS-97-33: Published: Jan 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO updated the information it previously reported on default rates at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), focusing on the: (1) dollar amount of major federal student loans made to students at HBCUs and non-HBCUs; (2) most current default rates and the dollar amounts of the defaults, aggregated by kind of school, such as 2-year or 4-year, publi...
Guaranteed Student Loans: Actions to Ensure Continued Student Access to Subsidized Loans
HEHS-95-64: Published: Feb 24, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how recent legislative changes have affected the availability of federally subsidized Stafford student loans, focusing on: (1) the arrangements guaranty agencies have to provide loans to eligible borrowers; and (2) Department of Education efforts to ensure continued student access to subsidized Stafford loans.GAO found that: (1) eligible students w...
Pell Grant Costs
HEHS-94-215R: Published: Sep 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on cost trends in the Department of Education's Pell Grant Program, focusing on: (1) patterns in Pell grant funding; and (2) the incremental budgetary cost of various features of the Pell Grant Program. GAO noted that: (1) Pell grant expenditures have increased in most years since 1979; (2) many applicants previously eligible for Pell g...