ERIC Number: ED262735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-4
Reference Count: N/A
1979-80 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 1979-1980 were compared to 1978 tax forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Comparisons were also made to data from similar 1974-1975 and 1976-1977 studies. Based on a sample of 407,596 applicants, findings include the following: between 1976-1977 and 1979-1980, low income applicants (under $4,000) showed decreases in reporting accuracy for adjusted gross income (AGI), while those with incomes above 12,500 showed decreases in the accuracy of BEOG-reported AGI; during 1979-1980, 64 percent of the sample reported AGI within within $50 of Internal Revenue Service reported data; income was underreported by over $5,000 more often by nonrecipients than by recipients; AGI underreporting was higher for independent students than for dependent students; BEOG-reported figures and IRS data on household size were identical for 72 percent of applicants; 75 percent of all applicants' IRS-based Student Eligibility Indexes (SEIs) were within 50 points of their BEOG SEIs; and 31 percent of all very low income applicants (under $1,000) evidenced IRS-based SEIs that were over 500 points higher than their BEOG SEIs. Information is also provided on the effects of edits and pre-award validation. Statistical findings are included in approximately 100 tables. (SW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Student Financial Assistance (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Basic Educational Opportunity Grants