ERIC Number: ED262730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec-13
Reference Count: N/A
Validation of Student and Parent Reported Data on the Basic Grant Application Form. Project Summary.
Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Results of studies to assess accuracy of information reported by applicants to the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG) program are summarized. Attention is also focused on applicant characteristics and corrective actions taken as a result of the studies. Overall, the studies found that the majority of BEOG applicants reported income accurately. Between 1974-1975 and 1976-1977, however, there was a decrease in the accuracy of reported income: accuracy of income reported by ineligible applicants remained relatively stable, while a greater decrease was evident for the eligibles. Applicants in the higher income ranges also showed a decrease in accuracy. It was determined that an application correction process that was intended to increase accuracy actually allowed applicants to submit incorrect data. When information provided on the BEOG application and federal income tax forms was inconsistent, incorrect eligibility determinations were also found. Corrective actions concerned: the pre-award validation, development of selective case action strategies, improvements to the application processing system, and improvements to the application form. Eight suggestions for future research on the BEOG application process are offered. (SW)
Publication Type: 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