ERIC Number: ED262739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Nov-23
Reference Count: N/A
Validation of Student and Parent Reported Data on the Basic Grant Application Form. Final Report. Volume VI, Executive Summary.
Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Objectives and findings of the Basic Grant Validation Study, which investigated the validity of information provided by applicants to the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG) program, are described. Implications of the findings for financial aid application validation are also discussed. Seven separate studies were conducted in order to: determine the degree of actual and potential program abuse; identify the characteristics of applicants who misreport personal and/or family financial circumstances; and establish procedures to regularly screen and correct erroneous applications. Validation of individual applications was undertaken, based on cases referred by college financial aid officers as well as randomly selected applications identified by a set of pre-established criteria. Also examined were applications from individuals whose financial circumstances had changed significantly during the application year and whose BEOG eligibility was therefore based on estimates of their income. The overall accuracy of income estimates was investigated by comparing income tax records with data reported on BEOG supplemental applications forms. To determine the overall scope and nature of misreporting, BEOG applications were matched with income tax forms submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. (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