Online Learning; Higher Education Opportunity Act; State Authorization; Authorizations & Regulations; Technology
Final Rule on State Authorization for Distance Education (Dec. 16, 2016)
Final Rule issued by the U.S. Department of Education regarding state authorization rules under the Higher Education Act. The Rule amends the eligibility requirements that institutions must meet in order to participate in Title IV student aid programs when they offer distance education or correspondence courses. Specifically, the Rule requires institutions to be authorized by each state in which the institution enrolls students, if authorization is required by the state. A press release was issued by the Department announcing the Rule. The Final Rule will go into effect on July 1, 2018.