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Negotiated Rulemaking for Higher Education 2018-19

This Web page provides the public with background information regarding the Department’s negotiated rulemaking effort to make changes to the regulations for the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, in 2018-2019. For more information about negotiated rulemaking in general, please see our question and answer page.

Federal Register Notices by Date

  • Unofficial copy of the Federal Register notice relating to Negotiator Nominations and Schedule of Committee Meetings, October 15, 2018 MS Word (52K)
  • Intent to Establish Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; Public Hearings

On July 31, 2018, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register  announcing our intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). This notice announced three public hearings at which interested parties may comment on the topics suggested by the Department in the notice, and suggest additional topics for consideration for action by the negotiated rulemaking committee.

Written comments submitted in response to this notice may be viewed through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Instructions for finding comments are available on the site under "How to Use Regulations.gov" in the Help section. Individuals can locate the appropriate docket for the notice by entering Docket ID ED-2018-OPE-0076 in the search box.

Public Hearing Information

  • September 6, 2018, at the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Barnard Auditorium, Washington, DC 20202.
    • Transcript: PDF (632K)
  • September 11, 2018, at Xavier University, Convocation Center Annex, Room 111, Building 62, 7800 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125.
    • Transcript: PDF (145K)
  • September 13, 2018, at Gateway Technical College, SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant, WI 53177.
    • Transcript: PDF (290K)

The Washington, DC public hearing will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. The New Orleans, LA and Sturtevant, WI public hearings will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time.

Negotiated Rulemaking Committee and Subcommittee Meetings

Committee Members PDF (193K)

For more information click here and here.

All sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Accreditation and Innovation

Session 1: January 14-16, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Education
    Barnard Auditorium
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20202

    Live streaming available on: edstream.ed.gov
    Title: Accreditation and Innovation Negotiated Rulemaking
    Session 1, Day 1, January 14, 2019
    Session 1, Day 2, January 15, 2019
    Session 1, Day 3, January 16, 2019

Federal Offices in the Washington, DC area were closed due to weather and the January 14, 2019 meeting was cancelled. Only day 1 of session 1 was cancelled (January 14, 2019). The rulemaking will begin on January 15, 2019.

Federal Offices in the Washington, DC area are open on a 2 hours delayed arrival due to weather on January 15, 2019. The January 15, 2019 meeting (session 1, day 2) will begin at 12:00pm.

Session 2: February 19-22, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Education
    Potomac Center Plaza (UCP) Auditorium
    550 12th St. SW
    Washington, DC 20202

    Live streaming available on:edstream.ed.gov
    Title: Accreditation and Innovation Negotiated Rulemaking
    Session 2, Day 1, February 19, 2019
    Session 2, Day 2, February 20, 2019
    Session 2, Day 3, February 21, 2019
    Session 2, Day 4, February 22, 2019

Session 3: March 25-28, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Education
    Barnard Auditorium
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20202

The Accreditation and Innovation Committee meetings are open to the public to attend in person. The committee meetings will also be made available to the public through a Department-provided livestream.

Distance Learning and Educational Innovation Subcommittee

Session 1: January 17-18, 2019

Session 2: February 12-13, 2019

Session 3: March 11-12, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    Room 1W126
    Washington, DC 20202

The Distance Learning and Educational Innovation Subcommittee meetings are not open to the public to attend in person. The subcommittee meetings will be made available to the public through a Department-provided livestream.

TEACH Grants Subcommittee

Session 1: January 17-18, 2019

Session 2: February 12-13, 2019

Session 3: March 11-12, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    Room 288-04
    Washington, DC 20202

The TEACH Grant Subcommittee meetings are not open to the public to attend in person. The subcommittee meetings will be made available to the public through a Department-provided livestream.

Faith-Based Entities Subcommittee

Session 1: January 17-18, 2019

Session 2: February 12-13, 2019

Session 3: March 11-12, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    Room 1W113
    Washington, DC 20202

The Faith-Based Entities Subcommittee meetings are not open to the public to attend in person. The subcommittee meetings will be made available to the public through a Department-provided livestream.

Materials handed out by the Department prior to the negotiated rulemaking session 1:

  • Agenda MS Word (15K)
  • Final Protocols PDF (290K)
  • 602 Accreditation MS Word (144K)
  • 654 Robert C Byrd Program MS Word (41K)
  • 668 Student Assistance General Provisions MS Word (120K)
  • 686 TEACH Grant Program MS Word (68K)
  • Religious Inclusion in Title IV Grant Making MS Word (35K)
  • Summary 600 Institutional Eligibility MS Word (40K)
  • Summary 602 Accreditation MS Word (53K)
  • Summary 654 Robert C Byrd Honors Scholarship Program MS Word (26K)
  • Summary 668 Student Assistance General Provisions MS Word (56K)
  • Summary 686 TEACH Grants MS Word (37K)
  • Summary Religious Inclusion MS Word (39K)
  • 600 Institutional Eligibility MS Word (95K)
  • Faith-Based Entities Subcommittee Overview MS Word (19K)
  • Faith-Based Entities Subcommittee Memorandum PDF (1.5M)
  • Faith-Based Entities Subcommittee Opinion

Materials handed out during session 1 of the subcommittees:

  • TEACH Grants Subcommittee GAO Report
  • TEACH Grants Subcommittee Study 
  • Distance Learning and Educational Innovation Subcommittee DCL GEN-11-06
  • Distance Learning and Educational Innovation Subcommittee DCL GEN-14-23
  • Distance Learning and Educational Innovation Subcommittee Report
  • Distance Learning and Educational Innovation Subcommittee Report
  • Distance Learning and Educational Innovation Subcommittee PDF (184K)
  • Distance Learning and Educational Innovation Subcommittee PDF (425K)
  • Distance Learning and Educational Innovation Subcommittee PDF (606K)

Additional materials from session 1 of the committee and subcommittees:

  • TEACH Grants Subcommittee MS Word (255K) | MS Word (216K)
  • Accreditation and Innovation Committee PDF (32K)
  • Accreditation and Innovation Committee PDF (874K)

Materials handed out by the Department prior to the negotiated rulemaking session 2:

  • Agenda MS Word (13K)
  • 602 Accreditation Clean Session 2 PDF (619K)
  • Accreditation Readlines Session 2 PDF (793K)
  • Directed Questions to Non-Federal Negotiators Session 2 PDF (394K)


   
Last Modified: 02/13/2019