Report Examines Burden of Federal Student-Aid Programs' Rules on Colleges

Numerous information-gathering requests that colleges must complete to receive federal student-aid funds can divert time and money from their mission to educate students, says a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.

The GAO, which is the investigative arm of Congress, analyzed the concerns of 18 experts, including college financial-aid officers, representatives of higher-education associations, and researchers who study financial aid, regarding the requirements