Sneak Preview: ED Proposes New State Authorization Rules for Distance Learning Programs

August 11, 2016 | By Lily McManus | Post a Comment

books-1-1475290(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Development Handbook.) The Department of Education (ED) proposed to amend its institutional eligibility regulations for programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to clarify that institutions of higher education (IHEs) operating distance learning and correspondence course programs must acquire authorization from the state in which the program is offered to students. The proposed rule also would amend the regulations to require IHE disclosures.

In a July 25 Federal Register notice, ED requested public comment on proposed changes to its regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) at 34 C.F.R. Parts 600 and 668. The proposal would affect eligibility requirements for institutional applicants for various financial aid programs, including the Federal Pell Grant program, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Federal Work-Study program, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program, Federal Family Educational Loan Program and the William D. Ford Direct Loan program.

“The clarified requirements related to state authorization will support the integrity of the title IV HEA programs by permitting the department to withhold title IV funds from institutions that are not authorized to operate in a given state,” ED said.

(The full version of this story has now been made available to all for a limited time on Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert site.)


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