ERIC Number: ED350938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Student Financial Aid. Education Can Do More to Screen Schools before Students Receive Aid. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
This report presents information on what changes might strengthen the Department of Education's role as the "gatekeeper" for approving schools before their students can receive federal student aid. The review focuses on the proprietary (for profit) school sector. The report shows that adequate controls are not in place within the Department of Education to prevent financially weak schools and schools not providing promised training from participating in federal student aid programs. The report identifies six requirements that states are using in various degrees for licensing schools and that could be applied to strengthening the Department's eligibility and certification process. It is recommended that adoption of these requirements could provide a more rigorous means of screening schools and of establishing controls to better safeguard federal aid. The Department also recognizes the need for additional safeguards and is addressing similar issues. Appendices include the requirements states use in licensing proprietary schools and the major contributors to the report. (GLR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Certification, College Outcomes Assessment, Colleges, Compliance (Legal), Criteria, Eligibility, Financial Audits, Financial Support, Government Role, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Postsecondary Education, Proprietary Schools, Standards, State Standards, Student Financial Aid, Tuition, Universities
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (free; $2 for additional copies; 100 or more copies 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.