Aaron Lacey and Scott Goldschmidt
May 3, 2023
As proprietary institutions of higher education are acutely aware, the U.S. Department of Education’s new 90/10 regulations take effect July 1, 2023 and apply to fiscal years starting on or after January 1, 2023. The regulations, among other changes, require proprietary institutions to derive at least 10 percent of their revenue from sources other than “Federal education assistance funds.” For an explanation of additional changes to the 90/10 rule, please see our earlier blog post: Negotiated rulemaking and the new 90/10 rule.
Last week, the Department updated its list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers with respect to the new 90/10 regulations. The FAQs provide additional clarifications and interpretations from the Department. Importantly, the guidance makes clear that Department’s position that tuition and fee revenues from non-Title IV distance and hybrid programs do not count as non-federal revenue for 90/10 rule purposes. The guidance also addresses questions about ineligible programs, comingled federal and state funds, income share agreements, enrollment limitations, exiting Title IV programs, the disbursement rule, and treatment of subsequent fiscal years.
Given the significance of the resulting regulatory changes, and the challenges they create for many proprietary institutions, we determined to create a whitepaper compiling strategies we have seen used for managing 90/10 rule compliance. The whitepaper is designed to assist proprietary institutions as they review the new rule and consider how best to comply with its new requirements, and is available for download here.