Distance Education: Improved Data on Program Costs and Guidelines on Quality Assessments Needed To Inform Federal Policy. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-04-279

October 5, 2005

Over a decade ago, concerns about fraud and abuse by some correspondence schools led to federal restrictions on, among other things, the percentage of courses a school could provide by distance education and still qualify for federal student aid. This study reviewed the extent to which the restrictions affected schools’ ability to offer federal student aid and the Department of Education’s (Education’s) assessment of the continued appropriateness of the restrictions.

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