ERIC Number: ED176688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-27
Reference Count: 0
The Complexity of Financial Aid Applications. Technical Assistance Report No. 2.
Redish, Janice C.
An analysis of the language and format of the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG) Application and the Financial Aid Form (FAF) is reported. The first section details the background for the study including the design of the project. Section 2 focuses on an analysis of the forms including such areas as a comparison of the content of the two forms, the clarity of each form, the organization of the forms, the use of language, and the tone of the language. Section 3 presents a summary and recommendations. It is concluded that both forms are difficult, but that the FAF is far more complex than the BEOG, that the language of both forms should be improved even if policy does not change, that the complexity of the forms makes some people not even try to fill them out, and that those who do not file tax returns are additionally handicapped because the forms refer to IRS tax lines for information. Six ways to improve the language of the BEOG application, specific comments on the information for the BEOG, and specific comments on BEOG and FAF instructions for items that appear on both forms are appended. (PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Washington, DC.; Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: Basic Educational Opportunity Grants; Financial Aid Form
Note: Report prepared in cooperation with Siegel and Gale, Inc.