ERIC Number: ED262727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-16
Reference Count: N/A
1976-77 Internal Revenue Service Comparison Study. Final Report.
Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Application forms for the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG) program for 1976-1977 were compared to 1975 tax forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Comparisons were also made to data from a similar 1974-1975 study. Based on a sample of 212,263 applicants, findings include the following: during 1976-1977, 70.7 percent of all regular applicants in the sample reported adjusted gross incomes that were within $50 of IRS-reported data; low income applicants were less accurate in reporting income to the BEOG program than higher income applicants; household size were accurately reported by 89.9 percent of applicants; eligible applicants were at least three times more likely to underreport their incomes to the BEOG program by more than $5,000 than were ineligible applicants; almost 70 percent of all regular applicants' IRS-based Student Eligibility Indexes (SEIs) were within 50 points of their BEOG SEIs; and 17.7 percent of all very low income applicants (below $1,000) evidenced IRS-based SEIs that were 800 points or more higher than their BEOG SEIs. Information is also provided on: the reporting of negative income, responses to processing edits and corrections, dependent students' income, and the utility of selected validation criteria used in BEOG pre-award validation. (SW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Bureau of Student Financial Assistance (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Basic Educational Opportunity Grants