Basic Educational Opportunity Grant Program

MWD-76-110: Published: Mar 15, 1976. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1976.

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GAO reviewed the Office of Education's Basic Educational Grant Program to determine how well the program was meeting its legislative objectives and how well the Office of Education was administering it.

GAO believes that the processing of grant applications could be improved by using a mark-sense application instead of the existing form, which requires keypunching. In the mark-sense process, optical scanning equipment reads the data and transcribes it directly onto magnetic tape. Office of Education officials believe that the keypunch form is easier for parents to complete, and most school financial aid officials included in the GAO review felt that students could deal with the mark-sense procedures.

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