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State Authorization Update: What's Happening and What Should You Do?
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released new "program integrity" regulations for federal financial aid. The State Authorization regulation required institutions offering distance or correspondence education to acquire authorization from any state in which it "operates." This authorization is required for institutions to legally serve students in that state and to maintain eligibility to provide those students with federal financial aid. In July 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the distance education portion of the USDOE's 'state authorization' regulations, however the current understanding is that the USDOE will repeal and the regulation will be reinstated.
While the regulation was "vacated" by the United States District Court, the USDOE will likely reinstate the rule by appealing the decision or through other methods. Even without the federal regulation, state regulations predate the federal regulation and remain in effect. States with regulations expect that institutions already be in compliance with their regulations before serving any students in their state.
A few national initiatives are in the works to develop national reciprocity agreements which could minimize the requirements for institutions to seek approval in each state they serve students.
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Join this free webcast to learn the latest information about state authorization:
- The status of the federal regulation - the appeal and other routes to reinstatement.
- Progress on national reciprocity agreements.
- Update on state regulations - changes being made and lists of regulations.
- What your institution should be doing about state authorization.
- Ask your questions about state authorization.
Registration is closed for the WCET webcast, "State Authorization Update: What's Happening and What Should you Do?" on Wednesday, March 14 at Noon MT. The free webcast is open to WCET members and WCET State Authorization Network members. This webcast will run for 60 minutes.
Space is limited. Please note that you are not emailed a confirmation upon registering. Once you complete your registration, the webpage will show that you are registered. You will be sent the webcast information and link on March 13.
9:00 AM HDT / 10:00 AM Alaska DT / 11:00 AM PDT / Noon MDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 2:00 PM EDT.
An archive of the presentation will be available on this webpage by March 21.
- Bruce Chaloux
- Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus
- Jeannie Yockey-Fine
- Senior Manager,
- State Regulatory Services,
- Dow Lohnes
- Russell Poulin
- Deputy Director,