Education Department Reconsidering State Authorization Rule Changes

February 6, 2019

For the third time in a decade, Department of Education officials are attempting to change the state authorization regulations for distance learning. Department officials want to simplify the rules for online programs operating in multiple states. Earlier in January, officials proposed eliminating Obama-era rules that required institutions with online programs to show they are authorized to operate in each state with enrolled students who receive federal financial aid. Scrapping the rules falls in line with the Trump administration’s deregulation agenda, but recent talks with the distance learning and educational innovation subcommittee ended with department officials walking back the proposal to remove the Obama-era rules. According to officials, no decisions have yet to be made.

More on the proposed state authorization rule changes is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.