Direct Student Loan Program: Management Actions Could Enhance Customer Service

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DIANE Publishing, Mar 1, 2004 - 51 pages
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In 1993, Congress authorized the Ford Fed. Direct Loan Program (DLP) as an alternative to the Fed. Family Educ. Loan Program (FFELP). While the DLP was originally mandated to replace FFELP, Congress revised the law allowing both loan programs to continue. Since that time, competition between the programs has been credited with improving borrower benefits and service for schools. The DoE Office of Fed. Student Aid (FSA) and administers the DLP, and one of its goals is to improve customer service. This report examines the extent to which schools participate in the DLP, factors that influenced schools' decision to begin -- and for some schools end -- participation, and steps that FSA has taken to increase the user-friendliness of the program. Charts and tables.
 

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Page 34 - Office Washington, DC 20548 Dear Ms. Ashby: Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the US Government Accountability Office's (GAO's) report entitled "STUDENT CONSOLIDATION LOANS: Further Analysis Could Lead to Enhanced Default Assumptions for Budgetary Cost Estimates...
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Page 31 - ... drawn. Since each sample could have provided different estimates, we express our confidence in the precision of our particular sample's results as a 95 percent confidence interval.
Page 31 - As with all sample surveys, this survey is subject to both sampling and nonsampling errors. The effects of sampling errors, due to the selection of a sample from a larger population, can be expressed as confidence intervals based on statistical theory. The effects of nonsampling errors, such as nonresponse and errors in measurement, may be of greater or lesser importance, but cannot be quantified on the basis of the available data.
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