Publication Date: October 30, 2015

Posted Date: October 30, 2015

Subject: Final Rule: Program Integrity and Improvement

FR Part: V

FR Type: Final

Effective Date: July 1, 2016

Final Rule: Program Integrity and Improvement in PDF Format, 1001KB, 77 Pages


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 210 (Friday, October 30, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 67125-67201]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-27145]

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Vol. 80

Friday,

No. 210

October 30, 2015

Part V

Department of Education

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34 CFR Part 668

 Program Integrity and Improvement; Final Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 80 , No. 210 / Friday, October 30, 2015 / 
Rules and Regulations

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Part 668

RIN 1840-AD14
[Docket ID ED-2015-OPE-0020]

Program Integrity and Improvement

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Final regulations.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary amends the cash management regulations and other 
sections of the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations 
issued under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). These 
final regulations are intended to ensure that students have convenient 
access to their title IV, HEA program funds, do not incur unreasonable 
and uncommon financial account fees on their title IV funds, and are 
not led to believe they must open a particular financial account to 
receive their Federal student aid. In addition, the final regulations 
update other provisions in the cash management regulations and 
otherwise amend the Student Assistance General Provisions. The final 
regulations also clarify how previously passed coursework is treated 
for title IV eligibility purposes and streamline the requirements for 
converting clock hours to credit hours.

DATES: Effective date: These regulations are effective July 1, 2016.
    Compliance dates: Compliance with the regulations in Sec.  
668.164(e)(2)(vi) and (f)(4)(iii) is required by September 1, 2016; 
Sec.  668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2) by July 1, 2017; and Sec.  
668.164(e)(2)(vii) and (f)(4)(iv) by September 1, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clock-to-credit-hour conversion: 
Amy Wilson, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8027, 
Washington, DC 20006-8502. Telephone: (202) 502-7689 or by email at: 
amy.wilson@ed.gov.
    For repeat coursework: Vanessa Freeman, U.S. Department of 
Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8040, Washington, DC 20006-8502. 
Telephone: (202) 502-7523 or by email at: vanessa.freeman@ed.gov; or 
Aaron Washington, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 
8033, Washington, DC 20006-8502. Telephone: (202) 502-7478 or by email 
at: aaron.washington@ed.gov.
    For cash management: Ashley Higgins, U.S. Department of Education, 
1990 K Street NW., Room 8037, Washington, DC 20006-8502. Telephone: 
(202) 219-7061 or by email at: ashley.higgins@ed.gov; or Nathan Arnold, 
U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8081, Washington, 
DC 20006-8502. Telephone: (202) 219-7134 or by email at: 
nathan.arnold@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 
1-800-877-8339.
 

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