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(GEN-12-13) Subject: Guidance on Program Integrity Regulations Relating to Legal Authorization by a State

Publication Date: July 27, 2012

DCL ID: GEN-12-13

Subject: Guidance on Program Integrity Regulations Relating to Legal Authorization by a State

Summary: This letter provides further guidance on the program integrity final regulations published on October 29, 2010, addressing State authorization.

Dear Colleague:

On October 29, 2010, the Department published in the Federal Register final regulations on program integrity issues (75 FR 66832). The final regulations are available at These final regulations make a number of changes to the regulations governing the programs authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The regulations were generally effective July 1, 2011.

The enclosure to this letter provides additional guidance on State authorization. This guidance is provided to assist institutions with understanding the changes to the regulations in this area and does not make any changes to the regulations. Affected parties are responsible for taking the steps necessary to comply by the effective dates established in the final regulations.

We encourage you to review the preambles to the notice of proposed rulemaking (75 FR 34812-34813, June 18, 2010) and the final regulations (75 FR 66858-66868, Oct. 29, 2010) as well as the final regulations themselves (75 FR 66946-66947, Oct. 29, 2010) with respect to the provisions concerning State authorization. In addition, relevant technical corrections were published on April 13, 2011 (76 FR 20534-20536).

We thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to implement these regulations. For further information, please contact Sophia McArdle by telephone at (202) 219-7078 or by e-mail at


David A. Bergeron
Acting Assistant Secretary
for Postsecondary Education

Last Modified: 07/26/2012