Office of Education's Basic Grant Program Can Be Improved

HRD-77-91: Published: Sep 21, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1977.

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The Basic Educational Opportunity Grant Program has provided financial aid to needy students, but often it has not met its legislative goal of being the foundation of financial aid for needy students.

The Office of Education has not established adequate controls to guarantee that information supplied by applicants and parents is accurate. As much as $24.3 million may have been awarded to ineligible students. Other basic grants of as much as $117.9 million were awarded without resolving conflicts in information. Because of problems in the program's information processing system, the Office could not provide needed technical assistance to participating schools and has not determined how postsecondary schools administer the Basic Grant Program.

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