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Goodwin, Gretta L. – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
Incarcerated students are generally prohibited from receiving Pell grants, which provide need-based federal financial aid to low-income undergraduate students. However, Education has the authority to waive specific statutory or regulatory requirements for providing federal student aid at schools approved to participate in its experiments.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Federal Aid
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
Education refers to school choice as the opportunity for students and their families to create high-quality, personalized paths for learning that best meet the students' needs. For Indian students, school choice can be a means of accessing instructional programs that reflect and preserve their languages, cultures, and histories. For many years,…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Access to Education
Nowicki, Jacqueline – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education (Education) plays a key role in supporting educational opportunities for K-12 students, including awarding grants and overseeing compliance with federal education laws. Over the past decade, Education's grant awards have generally increased in number and size. Using Education budget data, it was determined that in…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation, Federal Programs, Public Agencies
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
About 13 percent of children aged 3 through 21 enrolled in public schools received special education services in school year 2015-16, and about 3 percent of children from birth through age 2 received special education services. Concerns about the difficulties identifying and evaluating children for special education have been raised by the media,…
Descriptors: Special Education, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Disability Identification
Shea, Rebecca; Gambler, Rebecca – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
As of March 2018, more than 1.2 million foreign students in the United States were enrolled in 8,774 schools certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for managing SEVP, which certifies schools to enroll foreign students. Various ICE offices have a role in…
Descriptors: Deception, Student Exchange Programs, Foreign Students, Public Agencies
Ortiz, Anna Maria – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) play an important and unique role in the higher education system. For example, more than one-third of African-Americans who received a doctorate in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics in 2016 obtained their undergraduate degrees from an HBCU, and many also received their doctorates…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Small Businesses, Entrepreneurship, Public Agencies
Larin, Kathryn A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
Each year, millions of children age 5 and under receive publicly funded early care and education services. Federal appropriations for Head Start and the Child Care and Development Fund were $9.8 and $8.1 billion respectively in fiscal year 2018. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to identify and describe all state early care and…
Descriptors: Child Care, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Finance
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
This report examines what is known about enrollment, discipline, and support staff in alternative schools, among other objectives. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) analyzed data on alternative schools for school years 2013-14 and 2015-16 from Education's Civil Rights Data Collection (most recent years available); visited selected school…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Disproportionate Representation
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
Student parents face many challenges, including paying for child care, that can make it difficult for them to complete a degree. The federal government supports student parents through Education's Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program, which provides colleges funding for child care services, and federal student aid, which can…
Descriptors: Child Care, Parents, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
On average, 205,000 U.S. residents report being victims of hate crimes every year, according to Department of Justice (DOJ) officials. Hate crimes, including those motivated by bias against an actual or perceived religion, can have a broader effect than other kinds of violent crimes because they target both the victim and the group the victim…
Descriptors: Crime, Social Bias, Religion, Incidence
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
In fiscal year 2018, nearly 13 million students and their families received over $122 billion in federal assistance to help them pursue higher education through programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. the Department of Education (Education) administers these programs, and is responsible, along with…
Descriptors: Accountability, Higher Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Educational Finance
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
All tax credit scholarship (TCS) programs are state programs. States develop program policies and requirements, including establishing the roles and responsibilities of scholarship granting organizations (SGOs) and participating private schools. The President's fiscal year 2020 budget request included a proposal for federal tax credits for…
Descriptors: School Choice, Private Schools, Accountability, Tax Credits
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
The Department of Education's (Education) process for obtaining Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) is not clear to borrowers. Established in 2007, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program forgives federal student loans for borrowers who work for certain public service employers for at least 10 years while making…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Loan Repayment, Federal Programs, Eligibility
Cackley, Alicia Puente – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act enabled lenders to offer a rehabilitation program to private student loan borrowers who have a reported default on their credit report. The lender may remove the reported default from credit reports if the borrower meets certain conditions. Congress included a provision in statute…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Private Financial Support, Loan Default, Loan Repayment
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA's) largest educational program. It provides payments for eligible veterans to cover tuition and fees, housing and other costs while they pursue a higher education. However, for some veterans this pursuit is interrupted when the school they attend unexpectedly closes. This testimony…
Descriptors: Veterans, Veterans Education, Federal Legislation, School Closing
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