ERIC Number: ED254156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Technical Specifications for Conducting an Annual Assessment of Overall Payment Error in the Pell Grant Program.
Advanced Technology, Inc., Reston, VA.
The issues, options, and procedures for annually measuring overall payment error in the Pell Grant program are specified in detail. Guidelines for establishing a definition of Pell Grant payment error are provided, and the design issues related to error measurement are examined. A comparison is made of options for selecting a study sample and for collecting data required to measure payment error. Data collection procedures are specified in detail, along with procedures needed to create a study database from the collected data. Guidelines for data analysis are also included. The correct award to students is based on such factors as enrollment status and student costs. Error measurement in the Pell program involves time-related research design factors, all of which must be understood when planning the data collection effort and when analyzing the data. Data collection activities are outlined for sample selection, student/parent interviewing, collecting hardcopy secondary data, and collecting data from institutions. Tasks and procedures required to create the database include: receipt of data, editing and coding, data entry, machine edit and updating, reformatting files for analysis package, producing marginal tabulations, merging data files, and reviewing case for quality control. Appended are: a glossary; a description of measurement tolerances of error in the program; algebraic specifications of error measures; and an estimate of requirements for conducting an assessment of overall payment error in the Pell Grant program. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Compliance (Legal), Costs, Data Collection, Data Processing, Databases, Delivery Systems, Error Patterns, Federal Aid, Federal Regulation, Grants, Guidelines, Higher Education, Information Needs, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Program Evaluation, Quality Control, Research Design, Sampling, Statistical Analysis, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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