The U.S. Department of Education is looking to increase regulations for distance educations programs offered by colleges and universities. Under the new regulations, online education providers would need to receive authorization from each state where students live in order to obtain federal financial aid. For example, students living in California applying for financial aid in order to attend an online Arizona-based school would need state authorization from California. A blanket state authorization is all that would be required under the new regulations — not the approval of each individual course or program. The other main component of the plan includes that each institute document each state’s process regarding complaints. The proposed regulations come on the heels of many complaints against distance education programs.
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