Higher Education

Ensuring Quality Education From Proprietary Institutions Gao ID: T-HEHS-96-158 June 6, 1996

The Department of Education runs a host of student financial aid programs under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Under title IV, the federal government made about $35 billion available in fiscal year 1995 to about seven million students pursuing postsecondary education. This testimony discusses "gatekeeping"--the process of ensuring that only schools providing quality education and training have access to title IV funds. GAO (1) lays out an overview of the regulatory framework for title IV programs and (2) provides its preliminary observations on proprietary schools.

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