ERIC Number: ED243406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-30
Reference Count: N/A
Quality in the Pell Grant Delivery System. Volume 2: Corrective Actions.
Advanced Technology, Inc., Reston, VA.
The Pell Grant Quality Control Study of 1982-83 was designed to identify program error rate, to measure the impact of increased validation activity, and to propose corrective actions to reduce the misallocation of program funds. A sample of approximately 4,000 students drawn from a sample of 317 participating institutions showed that Pell Grant recipients in 1982-83 were granted 13 percent more than they should have been, although both student and institutional error dropped from 1980-81. The study confirmed that institutions complied with the revised validation requirements for the Pell Grant program in 1982-83. Several corrective action alternatives are presented in Volume 2 to further reduce both student and institutional error. The role of corrective actions are discussed in the context of quality control. The effectiveness of prior corrective actions, including simplification of the Pell Grant payment schedule and in-year updating of enrollment status are examined. Recommendations are offered for reducing application and institutional errors regarding: improper identification of dependency status; incorrect reporting of other non-taxable income, household size, number in postsecondary education, adjusted gross income, cost of attendance, and income of dependent students; incorrect determination of enrollment status; incorrect award calculation or disbursement; and no financial aid transcript for transferred students. Additional recommendations are given for keeping error out of the application process and for formalizing the role of the institution in quality control. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Role, Compliance (Legal), Delivery Systems, Eligibility, Error Patterns, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Aid Applicants, Grants, Higher Education, National Surveys, Program Improvement, Program Validation, Quality Control, Records (Forms), Resource Allocation, Sampling, Student Financial Aid, Student Financial Aid Officers
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Student Financial Assistance (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Advanced Technology, Inc., Reston, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program