ERIC Number: ED116837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep-8
Reference Count: N/A
Coordination Needed in the Award of Financial Aid to Indian Students. Report to the Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs by the Comptroller General of the United States, September 8, 1975.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
In order to determine the policies and procedures for developing American Indian students' financial aid packages, records and officials were surveyed from the Office of Education (OE), the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) Indian Education Resources Center, 4 Department of Health, Education, and Welfare regional offices; 6 BIA area offices, 5 State financial associations, and 3 institutions of higher learning (this included 129 randomly selected Indian and 102 non-Indian student aid packages for fiscal year 1974-75). BIA data indicated that for 1973 about 13,600 Indian students had received BIA grants and 64 colleges and universities had enrolled 25 or more Indian students with BIA grants. Findings indicated that the OE and BIA philosophies of awarding financial aid to Indians conflicted, for the BIA's operation manual stipulated that scholarship funds should be supplemental, while OE regulations did not require aid officers to disregard available BIA scholarships when determining student financial needs. Other actions which reduced OE assistance were: (1) BIA educational specialists who disregarded the supplementary philosophy; (2) late applications from Indian students; (3) the use of BIA grant funds to supplant loans and work-study funds. It was recommended that the BIA make its policy well known and take action to see that Indian students make applications on time. (JC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.