ERIC Number: ED363240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-27
Reference Count: N/A
Student Financial Aid Programs: Pell Grant Program Abuse. Testimony before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate.
Stiener, Richard C.
This report presents information on an ongoing investigation into Pell Grant Program abuses among parochial yeshiva-operated institutions in the New York City area. The investigation examined 23 yeshivas (Orthodox Jewish schools of higher instruction in Jewish learning) or yeshiva-operated institutions for fraudulent or abusive conditions and subpoenaed all documents of 5 yeshivas, interviewed students and officials, reviewed student files, and did forensic analysis of documents. Some evidence of abuses was found including "ghost students" who never applied for Pell Grants; individuals who never enrolled or attended the yeshivas that used their names; ineligible high school students and individuals whose biographical information was sold to yeshivas by "brokers" for use in obtaining Pell Grants; and use of mail drops other than home locations to receive Pell grant applications. The investigation also found that a purported college offering an Associate of Arts degree with course requirements across several disciplines in fact offered students only English classes and a small complement of Jewish history and culture. This program and others had very high withdrawal rates, making them ineligible to participate in the Pell program. Finally, one institution had falsified eligibility documents for an Israel-based campus. Appendixes contain information on investigation methodology, the Pell Grant Program and a case study. (JB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Credentials, Fraud, Higher Education, Jews, Legal Problems, Parochial Schools, Student Financial Aid
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free, additional copies $2 each).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program