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2010 Federal Regulations on State Approval of Out-of-State Providers
Last Updated: September 27, 2013 (details at bottom of page).
- Two-page State Authorization Summary Handout.
- "What are Institutions Doing..." Survey - 2013 (Press Release).
- "What are Institutions Doing..." Survey - 2013 (Full Report).
- "What are Institutions Doing..." Survey - 2011.
- SHEEO Surveys of State Laws and Regulatory Practices.
- Sample Letters, Complaint Processes, and Webpages.
- WCET's Blog with Updates and Suggestions.
- Additional Resources.
- WCET's State Authorization Network.
State Authorization--An Introduction
On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released new “program integrity” regulations. One of the regulations focused on the need for institutions offering distance or correspondence education to acquire authorization from any state in which it "operates.” This authorization is required to maintain eligibility for students of that state to receive federal financial aid. Institutions have until July 1, 2014, to have obtained the appropriate approvals. Meanwhile, institutions are required to demonstrate a 'good faith' effort to comply in each state in which it serves students. While the regulation has been 'vacated' by court order, we believe it will be reinstated.
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.
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NOTE: This information is not endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. Information and advice provided on these pages is not guaranteed. Given the myriad of regulations and understandings about their meaning, these pages represent our best interpretation of what we have learned. If you see information that appears to be incorrect, we invite you to notify us.
March 20, 2013: Added useful links to "What are Institutions Doing..." Survey - 2013 (Press Release). and "What are Institutions Doing..." Survey - 2013 (Full Report).
April 10, 2013: Added Final Reciprocity Recommendations from the Commission April 11, 2013 (large document).
September 3, 2013: Separated sections to individual pages. Updated "Appropriate State Agency" link.
September 27, 2013: Updated the Two-Page State Authorization Handout.