Publication Date
April 02, 2020
NPRM - Distance Education and Innovation
FR type
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
NPRM Comment Due Date
May 04, 2020

[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 64 (Thursday, April 2, 2020)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 18638-18702]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2020-05700]

[[Page 18637]]

Vol. 85


No. 64

April 2, 2020

Part II

Department of Education


34 CFR Parts 600 and 668

Distance Education and Innovation; Proposed Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 85 , No. 64 / Thursday, April 2, 2020 / 
Proposed Rules

[[Page 18638]]



34 CFR Parts 600 and 668

[Docket ID ED-2018-OPE-0076]
RIN 1840-AD38

Distance Education and Innovation

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.


SUMMARY: The Secretary proposes to amend the general, establishing 
eligibility, maintaining eligibility, and losing eligibility sections 
of the Institutional Eligibility regulations issued under the Higher 
Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), related to distance education 
and innovation. In addition, the Secretary proposes to amend the 
Student Assistance General Provisions regulations issued under the HEA.

DATES: The U.S. Department of Education (the "Department" or "we") 
must receive your comments on or before May 4, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal 
or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not 
accept comments submitted by fax or by email or those submitted after 
the comment period. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies, 
please submit your comments only once. In addition, please include the 
Docket ID at the top of your comments.

If you are submitting comments electronically, we strongly 
encourage you to submit any comments or attachments in Microsoft Word 
format. If you must submit a comment in Adobe Portable Document Format 
(PDF), we strongly encourage you to convert the PDF to print-to-PDF 
format or to use some other commonly used searchable text format. 
Please do not submit the PDF in a scanned format. Using a print-to-PDF 
format allows the Department to electronically search and copy certain 
portions of your submissions.

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to to 
submit your comments electronically. Information on using, including instructions for accessing agency documents,
submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site 
under "Help."

Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: The 
Department strongly encourages commenters to submit their comments 
electronically. However, if you mail or deliver your comments about the 
proposed regulations, address them to Scott Filter, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Mail Stop 294-42, Washington, DC 
Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make comments received 
from members of the public available for public viewing on the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal at Therefore, commenters should
be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish 
to make publicly available.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 
(800) 877-8339.