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US Government Accountability Office, 2018
To help students and their families pay for higher education, the Department of Education provides billions of dollars in federal student loans each year through programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Graduate students have been eligible for Graduate PLUS (Grad PLUS) loans to help finance their…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Student Loan Programs, Graduate Students, Student Characteristics
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
Congress funds District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) through an annual appropriation, which was $40 million in fiscal year 2018. DCTAG provides D.C. residents up to $10,000 per year to attend college. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, included a provision for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review DCTAG.…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Tuition, Grants, Student Financial Aid
Curda, Elizabeth H. – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to reserve at least 15 percent of their total State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program funds to provide pre-employment transition services to help students with disabilities transition from school to work. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Vocational Rehabilitation, Financial Support, State Aid
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
The Department of Education (Education) provided over $122 billion in grants, loans and work study funds to help students pay for college at about 6,000 schools in fiscal year 2017. Education is responsible for certifying that these schools are eligible for and capable of properly administering federal student aid funds. Schools are required to…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid, Certification, Audits (Verification)
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
Research shows that students who experience discipline that removes them from the classroom are more likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, and become involved in the juvenile justice system. This can result in decreased earning potential and added costs to society (lost tax revenue and incarceration). The Government Accountability Office…
Descriptors: Discipline, African American Students, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) play a prominent role in the nation's higher education system. For example, about one-third of African Americans receiving a doctorate in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics received undergraduate degrees from HBCUs. To help HBCUs facing challenges accessing funding for capital…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Educational Finance, Program Evaluation, Federal Aid
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
Tax credit scholarship (TCS) programs offer state tax credits to individuals or businesses that donate to scholarship funds for students to attend private elementary and secondary schools. Through these credits, donors may reduce the amount they owe in state taxes by the full or a partial amount of their donation, depending on each program's…
Descriptors: School Choice, Tax Credits, Scholarships, Donors
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
Poverty can have a profound effect on academic outcomes and college readiness and students from lowincome families are less likely to go to college. The low rates of degree attainment for low-income students raises questions about whether the students who wish to pursue higher education have access to courses that support their readiness for…
Descriptors: Public Schools, High Schools, Small Schools, High School Students
US Government Accountability Office, 2017
College students sometimes opt to transfer schools in response to changing interests or for financial reasons. The extent to which students can transfer previously earned course credits can affect the time and cost for completing a degree. Given the federal government's sizeable investment in student aid--$125 billion in fiscal year 2016--and…
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, College Credits, Transfer Rates (College), Barriers
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2017
The Department of Education (Education) provided more than $125 billion in federal student aid funds in fiscal year 2016 to help students pay for higher education. To participate in federal student aid programs, postsecondary schools must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by Education. This report examines: (1) the strengths and…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Educational Quality, Program Improvement
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2017
Research suggests that youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are less likely than youth with other disabilities to be successful in transitioning to work and postsecondary education and therefore, they may face a lifetime of reliance on public assistance. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine services provided…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Youth, Adjustment (to Environment)
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2017
Growth of voucher and education savings account (ESA) programs has drawn attention to how states ensure accountability and transparency to parents and the public. With over half of voucher and ESA programs designed for students with disabilities, there is interest in the information parents receive about special education services and rights when…
Descriptors: Private Schools, School Choice, Accountability, Disabilities
US Government Accountability Office, 2016
Voucher and education savings account (ESA) programs fund students' private school education expenses, such as tuition. In school year 2014-15, 22 such school choice programs were operating nationwide, all but one of which was state funded. Under two federal grant programs, one for students with disabilities and one for students from disadvantaged…
Descriptors: School Choice, Private Schools, Educational Vouchers, Federal Aid
US Government Accountability Office, 2016
When the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was reauthorized in 2004, it included provisions to reduce administrative and paperwork requirements to address concerns about burden. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review federal efforts to reduce burden related to meeting IDEA requirements for educating…
Descriptors: Special Education, State Policy, Local Government, Disabilities
Alexander, Lamar; Kline, John – US Government Accountability Office, 2016
Every year millions of children under the age of 5 participate in federal and state early care and education programs. For fiscal years 2010 to 2015, Congress appropriated almost $48 billion to Head Start and over $31 billion to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), the two largest sources of federal funding for early care and education. To…
Descriptors: Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Finance, Federal Programs
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