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Office of Postsecondary Education - Policy Initiatives

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The Office of Postsecondary Education formulates federal postsecondary education policy including policy relating to the federal student financial assistance programs. OPE also collects and disseminates student financial assistance program data as well as data in several key areas relating to postsecondary education.

Policy Initiative

Federal Register Notice on Servicemembers/HEROES Waivers and Modifications The Secretary is issuing updates of longstanding waivers and modifications of statutory and regulatory requirements governing the Federal student financial aid programs under the authority of the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003 (HEROES Act). Official Copy** - Published 1/24/2024

Request for Information Regarding First Amendment and Free Inquiry Official Copy** - Published 2/22/2023

Department of Education Virtual Listening Sessions Official Copy** - Published 2/16/2023

 Transcripts from Virtual Listening Sessions

  • March 8, 2023 PDF* – (344K) Posted 3/23/2023
  • March 9, 2023 PDF* – (265K) Posted 3/23/2023

Request For Information on Lowest Financial Value Programs - Official Copy** - Published 1/11/23

90/10 Federal Register Notice
The Federal Register notice identifies the Federal education assistance funds that proprietary institutions must include as Federal revenue in their 90/10 calculation. A Q&A is also provided which addresses frequently asked questions about implementing the new 90/10 regulations - Official Copy** - Published 12/21/22

Interagency Task Force on Sexual Violence in Education:
90-Day Report to Congress regarding task force activities PDF* (307KB) - Posted 11/30/2022

Total and Permanent Disability Discharge (TPD)

  • Final Rule - MS Word (83KB) – Posted 8/19/2021
  • Interim Final Rule - PDF (339KB) – Published 11/26/2019

College Financing Plan
[formerly known as the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet]
The Office of Postsecondary Education is working with students, families, the financial aid community, and others to develop model formats for financial aid offer forms. These forms, often referred to as Financial Aid Award Letters, are sent to prospective students by colleges, universities and other postsecondary institutions to let them know how much financial aid the student can expect to receive when they attend school.

Negotiated Rulemaking: 2023 - 2024

Information on the 2023 - 2024 negotiated rulemaking activities for higher education.

Negotiated Rulemaking: 2021 - 2022

Information on the 2021 - 2022 negotiated rulemaking activities for higher education.

Negotiated Rulemaking: 2018 - 2019

Information on the 2018 - 2019 negotiated rulemaking activities for higher education.

Negotiated Rulemaking: 2017 - 2018

Information on the 2017 - 2018 negotiated rulemaking activities for higher education.

Frequently Asked Questions: Institutional Readmission Requirements for Servicemembers

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Data Collection and Reporting

OPE collects and reports on data in several areas relating to postsecondary education:

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Library: Legislation, Regulations, Etc.

Links to the authorizing legislation for OPE programs, program regulations, reports, and other relevant policy information.

Other Policy Resources

Includes additional resources from the U.S. Department of Education, other federal agencies, and non-federal sources.

Federal Resources

Education Agencies and Associations

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Office of Postsecondary Education
Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Building
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
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Last Modified: 01/31/2024