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ERIC Number: ED529837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 81
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Education: Financial Trends in Public and Private Nonprofit Institutions. Report to the Ranking Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, U.S. Senate. GAO-12-179
Scott, George A.
US Government Accountability Office
The number of students seeking postsecondary education at public or private nonprofit institutions has increased by 31 percent over the last decade, and close to 90 percent of the overall student population is now enrolled in these types of schools. As demand for a postsecondary education has grown, so has the cost, and families are finding college increasingly difficult to afford. To help students pay for college, the Department of Education (Education) provides assistance through Title IV of the Higher Education Act, awarding $133 billion in federal student aid in the 2009-2010 school year. To help ensure transparency and accountability in the public and private nonprofit postsecondary education sectors, GAO was asked to review schools in these sectors with respect to their (1) revenue trends; (2) expenditure trends; (3) student graduation rates; and (4) disclosure of information to students on cost of attendance, graduation rates, and future employment. GAO reviewed relevant federal laws and regulations, reports, and Education records and data on revenues, expenditures, completion rates, and student characteristics. GAO also interviewed Education and postsecondary association officials and conducted site visits to a nonrepresentative sample of nine schools representing a range of size, type, and geographic location. The results of the site visits are not generalizable to all public and private nonprofit schools. Education provided technical comments, which were incorporated as appropriate. Appended are: (1) Objectives, Scope, and Methodology; (2) Variables Used in Analysis of Revenue and Expenditure Trends; (3) Revenue Sources at Public and Private Nonprofit Schools; (4) Information on How Schools Ensure Federal Student Aid Dollars Are Appropriately Awarded to Students; (5) Faculty and Staff Compensation at Public and Private Nonprofit Schools; (6) Rates and Status of Nongraduates after 6 Years, Public and Private Nonprofit Students; (7) Status of Public and Private Nonprofit Undergraduate Students after 6 Years of First Entry; and (8) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 20 tables, 6 figures and 67 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title IV