ERIC Number: ED315006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-17
Reference Count: N/A
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program: Background and Current Issues. CRS Report for Congress.
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program provides financial assistance to low-income undergraduate students attending postsecondary education institutions and is authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act. The program is administered on the campus of each participating postsecondary education institution which uses SEOG funds to award grants to eligible students. The educational institutions fund a portion of SEOG awards with their own resources, and use a standardized needs test, called the Congressional Methodology (CM), to determine student eligibility and amount of award. During the academic year 1989-1990, approximately 632,000 students received SEOGs. The average award was approximately $700 with awards ranging from $100 to $4,000. Since Fiscal Year 1980, Federal appropriations for the SEOG program have increased by 25.7% in current dollars but decreased by approximately 18% when adjusted for inflation. The average award in constant dollar value, and the number of students receiving awards, have also decreased. During the 101st Congress, legislation involving the SEOG program has focused on the effects of the CM. An appendix provides a summary of the legislative history of the grant program. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.