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News & Updates (April)

NEW - 4/10/24 - U.S. Department of Education announcement offers some limited circumstance compliance extension over new PPA professional licensure regulations through January 1, 2025. Read carefully and document your reasoning for inability to comply by July 1, 2024.  This is not a free pass for 6 months as you must document the specific barrier to compliance that will be considered by the Department in the event of a review.
(GE-24-03) Updates on New Regulatory Provisions Related to Certification Procedures and Ability-to-Benefit

NEW - 4/4/24- Thompson Coburn Webinar - ED’s Evolving State Authorization and Professional Licensure Requirements; guest presenters Russ Poulin & Cheryl Dowd; slides and recording on the linked webpage.

2023-2024 Federal Rulemaking Update:  

SAN Training: Webinar & Online Course

Open Forum - 2nd Tuesday of each month May 14, 2024; Time: 10AM Alaska, 11AM Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern; Link: https://wiche.zoom.us/j/95387418403?pwd=NHVidkpBOWI4L3NlV1ZHSGw3QWpvdz09; May Topic: Announce soon; May Expert:  announce soon; Open Forum is an opportunity for a 30 min Q & A with the expert(s) and is not typically recorded. (the Zoom URL offered above for the Open Forum is not the same as the Monthly Coordinator Call).  **Following the 30-minute with the monthly guest(s) we will pivot to an Open Q&A where you can discuss any of your compliance-related questions and challenges with all of your SAN Colleagues.

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Quick Links

U.S. Department of Education Rulemaking 2021-2022 Information Here! EFFECTIVE DATE FOR NEW REGULATIONS 7/1/24!  Watch this SAN webpage for updates, resources, explanation of the rulemaking process. (Our primary issue:  Certification Procedures addressing programs leading to a professional license and reciprocity)

  • US Department of ED contact to address certification procedures issue: Vanessa Gomez. Telephone: (202) 987-0378. Email: Vanessa.Gomez@ed.gov.

U.S. Department of Education Rulemaking 2023-2024 Information Here! EARLIEST POSSIBLE EFFECTIVE DATE JULY 1, 2025! Watch this SAN webpage for updates and resources.  Fall 2023 rulemaking is on Loan Forgiveness.  Winter 2024 Rulemaking: Program Integrity and Institutional Quality Rulemaking includes Accreditation, State Authorization, Distance Education, R2T4, Cash Management, and Trio Programs.

Access to Key Areas of the SAN website:

  • Are you new or relatively new to the issue of out-of-state activity compliance?  Start Here with State Authorization 101 which leads to How it Works and Why Comply. Then move to Getting Started.
  • Topic Areas: Nine key subject areas can be accessed through the 9 tiles as you scroll down on this page or from the Resources tab drop down at the top of the webpage.
  • Website login information is provided to SAN members by the SAN Coordinators for your SAN Membership.  Login is required for member only resources noted as requiring SAN Member login.

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State Authorization 101

Introductory material to understand the foundation of state authorization compliance.


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