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Higher Education: Verification Helps Prevent Student Aid Payments to Ineligible Noncitizens

HEHS-97-153 Published: Aug 06, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 06, 1997.
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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 processes; and (3) the indications, if any, of the degree to which ineligible noncitizens are receiving student financial aid despite these processes.

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