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.
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
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.
Information on the 2018 - 2019 negotiated rulemaking activities for higher education.
Information on the 2017 - 2018 negotiated rulemaking activities for higher education.
Data Collection and Reporting
OPE collects and reports on data in several areas relating to postsecondary education:
Student Financial Assistance Program Data - Includes annual summary data for the federal Pell, Campus-Based and Loans Programs, other federal student aid program data, and links to other federal data and statistical resources.
Title II Reports on the Quality of Teacher Preparation Programs
- Preparing and Credentialing the Nation's Teachers: The Secretary's Tenth Report on Teacher Quality is now available.
- Postsecondary Educational Institutions and Programs Accredited by Accrediting Agencies and State Approval Agencies Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education
- Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program Performance Reporting
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.
- Department of Education Budget News
- THOMAS: Legislative Information from the Library of Congress
- U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor
- U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Government Accountability Office
- Congressional Budget Office
- Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
Education Agencies and Associations
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Office of Postsecondary Education
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