ERIC Number: ED262738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Nov-19
Reference Count: N/A
Validation of Student and Parent Reported Data on the Basic Grant Application Form. Final Report. Volume III, Internal Revenue Service Comparison Study.
Application forms for the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG) Program for 1974-1975 were compared to Internal Revenue Service (IRA) tax forms to determine the scope of applicants' misreporting and to identify categories of applicants who tend to misreport. A total of 70,063 tax forms and BEOG records from eligible and ineligible applicants were examined. It was found that while overall accuracy of reporting was high, variations in the level of accuracy occurred for eligible and ineligible applicants, and dependent and independent students. For every variable (income, taxes, and household size), ineligibles tended to be more accurate than eligibles. Eligible students with adjusted gross incomes below $4,000 were the most accurate reporters of taxes but were the least accurate reporters of adjusted gross income. Independent students were among the least accurate reporters of income but were the most accurate reporters of taxes. More than 87 percent of all eligibles were found to report household size accurately. The impact of substituting IRS-reported data for BEOG reported data in the eligibility formula was also considered. Appendices provide statistical findings and analyses, and detailed information on the study methodology, including a summary of computer programming activities. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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