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Notice Concerning Submission of Letter Confirming Public Status of Public Institutions:

The Financial Responsibility Standards in 34 CFR 668.171(c) allow a public institution to be considered financially responsible if the institution provides to the Department a letter from an official of the State or other governmental entity confirming that the institution is a public institution; and the institution is not in violation of any past performance or other requirements under 34 CFR 668.

For an institution to be considered a public institution by the Department, the institution must:

  • Notify the Secretary that it is designated as a public institution by the State, local or municipal government entity, tribal authority, or other government entity that has the legal authority to make this designation, and

  • Provide a letter from an official of the government entity of sufficient stature to confirm the public status of that school. This letter must be on the letterhead of the government entity and signed by the government official.

The letter is a one-time submission and should be submitted as soon as possible separately from the financial statements. The public institution should submit the letter as follows.

If by U.S. Postal Service:
U.S. Department of Education
Institutional Participation and Oversight Service
P. O. Box 44805
L'Enfant Plaza Station
Washington, D.C. 20026-4805

If by commercial overnight mail/courier delivery:
U.S. Department of Education
Institutional Participation and Oversight Service
7th & D Streets, S.W.
GSA Building, Room 3514
Washington, D.C. 20407

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