ERIC Number: ED309275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jul-8
Reference Count: N/A
Staff Study on the Tuition Assistance Program for Registered Business Schools.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
The Office of the State Comptroller in New York conducted several audits of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) at about 90 registered business schools in the state. TAP provides up to $3,300 per year in tuition assistance to disadvantaged students who take approved programs at the private schools. In 1985-86, TAP paid about $45 million to the schools. The auditors found significant and pervasive violations by registered schools of the laws, rules, and regulations governing their operations. The auditors found, for example, that unlicensed sales agents were used to recruit students. They also found many violations of admission requirements, such as admitting students who do not meet the entrance requirements. The schools also employed unlicensed teachers, did not offer the required minimum number of hours, failed to maintain required records, failed to refund student tuition, and lacked proper equipment to conduct courses. The improper operating practices at registered business schools contribute to the very high student dropout rate (70 percent) at these schools. Schools are profiting by encouraging students to drop out; they receive the tuition from them and then replace them with other TAP students. As a result of these violations, the auditors recommended large TAP disallowances. They also recommended enhanced monitoring of the schools and revision of regulations to put emphasis on performance results. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York