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Subject: Expansion of the Competency-Based Education Experiment Under the Experimental Sites Initiative

Publication Date: November 18, 2015

Posted Date: November 18, 2015

Subject: Expansion of the Competency-Based Education Experiment Under the Experimental Sites Initiative

FR Type: Notice

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 222 (Wednesday, November 18, 2015)]
[Pages 72052-72055]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2015-29437]



Notice Expanding an Experiment Under the Experimental Sites 
Initiative; Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs Under Title 
IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

[[Page 72053]]

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Secretary is expanding the Competency-Based Education 
experiment, which was announced in a previous Federal Register notice, 
to provide additional flexibility in how institutions provide Federal 
student aid to students who are enrolled in competency-based education 
programs, including providing waivers and modifications to statutory 
and regulatory requirements designed to support competency-based 
education programs that charge a flat fee for a period of time rather 
than charging by course or by competency. The expansion of the 
Competency-Based Education experiment provides two additional sets of 
waivers that are available to both institutions currently approved for 
the experiment and institutions that may be approved based on their 
submission of a letter of interest. These sets of waivers are described 
in this notice below, under "The Experiment"
    In a Federal Register notice published on July 31, 2014, the 
Secretary invited postsecondary educational institutions (institutions) 
that participate in the student financial assistance programs 
authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as 
amended (HEA), to apply to participate in institutionally-based 
experiments, including the Competency-Based Education experiment, under 
the Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI).

DATES: Institutions that have not already received approval to 
participate in the Competency-Based Education experiment must submit a 
letter of interest following the instructions included in this notice. 
Letters of interest must be received by the Department no later than 
January 19, 2016 in order for an institution to receive priority to be 
considered for participation in the experiment. Letters received after 
January 19, 2016 may still, at the discretion of the Secretary, be 
considered for participation.

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Last Modified: 11/17/2015