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Iritani, Katherine M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2010
In 1992, Congress banned schools participating in federal student aid programs from paying commissions, bonuses, or other financial incentives to individuals based on their success in enrolling students or securing their financial aid. The ban applies to all postsecondary schools, including private for-profit, public, and private nonprofit…
Descriptors: Incentives, Student Financial Aid, Student Recruitment, Enrollment Management
Iritani, Katherine M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2010
Postsecondary education plays an important role in producing a skilled workforce able to compete in the global economy. Some stakeholders have suggested that collecting information on graduates' employment outcomes--whether they are employed in their field of study, for example--will provide better information to help assess the impact of a…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, College Graduates, Employment, Student Records
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2010
In this report, the author and his colleagues respond to a mandate in the Higher Education Opportunity Act requiring GAO (Government Accountability Office) to study the feasibility of developing a national clearinghouse of federal and private student loans on the Department of Education's (Education) Web site. They addressed the following…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Federal Government, Internet, Student Financial Aid
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2009
Federal student aid is intended to play an integral part in fulfilling the promise of greater academic access and success for less affluent students. However, many experts have expressed concern about the length and complexity of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the statutory need analysis formula used to determine aid…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Taxes, Methods
US Government Accountability Office, 2009
In fiscal year 2008, the Department of Education oversaw the distribution of approximately $96 billion in federal student financial aid, including $14.6 billion in Pell Grants to low- and middle-income students, to help students and their families pay for higher-education expenses. Much of this aid was distributed based on a formula specified in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Paying for College, Student Financial Aid, Funding Formulas
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2009
In order to participate in federal student financial aid programs, law schools must be accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education (Education). Accreditation is intended to ensure that schools provide basic levels of quality in their educational programs, and Education recognizes those accrediting agencies that it concludes…
Descriptors: Legal Education (Professions), Grade Point Average, Law Schools, Dental Schools
US Government Accountability Office, 2009
Federal student aid is intended to play an integral part in fulfilling the promise of greater academic access and success for less affluent students. However, many experts have expressed concern about the length and complexity of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the statutory need analysis formula used to determine aid…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Methods, Eligibility
US Government Accountability Office, 2009
Research suggests that more students with disabilities are pursuing higher education than in years past, and recent legislative changes, such as those in the Higher Education Opportunity Act and Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, have the potential to increase the number and diversity of this population. GAO was asked to…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Disabilities, Technical Assistance, Special Needs Students