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ED: Foreign Institutions Participating in Federal Student Aid Final Rule

Federal Register, November 1, 2010, Page 67169-67200


Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education


Final regulations


The Secretary amends the regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, the Student Assistance General Provisions, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program to implement provisions related to the eligibility of foreign institutions for participation in the Federal student aid programs that were added to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-315) (HEOA), as well as other provisions related to the eligibility of foreign institutions.


Effective Date: These regulations are effective July 1, 2011, except as follows: The amendments to § 600.20, § 600.21, and § 600.55 become effective July 20, 2011; § 600.56(a)(4) becomes effective July 1, 2015. For § 668.23, these final regulations are applicable for compliance audits and audited financial statements due on or after July 1, 2011. However, affected parties do not have to comply with the information collection requirements in §§ 600.20, 600.21, 600.54, 600.55, 600.56, 600.57, 668.13, 668.23, 668.171 until the Department of Education publishes in the Federal Register the control number assigned by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to these information collection requirements. Publication of the control number notifies the public that OMB has approved these information collection requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Implementation date: The Secretary has determined, in accordance with section 482(c)(2)(A) of the HEA, that institutions may, at their discretion, choose to implement the new and amended provisions of these regulations on or after November 1, 2010, except § 600.55(f)(1)(i)(B), with respect to a foreign graduate medical school having a clinical training program that was not approved by a State until after January 1, 1992. For further information, see the section entitled Implementation Date of These Regulations in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this preamble.

Further Information

For general information or information related to nonprofit status for foreign institutions, public foreign institutions and financial responsibility, eligibility of training programs at foreign institutions, and foreign graduate medical schools, Wendy Macias. Telephone: (202) 502–7526 or via the Internet at: For information related to audited financial statements and compliance audits, Anthony Gargano. Telephone: (202) 502–7519, or via the Internet at: For information related to the definition of a foreign institution, Gail McLarnon. Telephone: (202) 219–7048, or via the Internet at: For information related to single legal authorization for groups of foreign institutions, foreign veterinary schools, foreign nursing schools, and certification of foreign institutions, Brian Smith. Telephone: (202) 502–7551, or via the Internet at If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to one of the contact persons listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.