Over the past several years the U.S. Department of Education has consistently put forth regulations that impact our member schools.  The GRC’s task is to:

  • Continually monitor these proposed regulations;
  • Participate, as much as possible, in all facets of their deliberations – including regional field meetings, negotiated rule making sessions, and the development of comments, concerns and recommendations in response to the publication of any Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), and
  • Regularly provide the membership status reports, updates, and summaries to assist them in both understanding where we are in the process and how the regulations will impact them.

The mission of the GRC throughout this process is to represent our membership’s interest by engaging in thoughtful discussion with the Department of Education on how proposed regulations have the potential to assist or harm our member schools and our students.

Depending on the outcome of the negotiations, as determined by whether or not the final regulations are necessary, reasonable, and equitable, the GRC then assess whether either Congressional and/or legal strategies are required.

If Congressional action is required, the GRC works to develop, implement and deploy actions designed to bring about the required revisions, modifications, or deletions to the regulations.

If legal action is to be contemplated, the GRC holds discussions and makes recommendations to the AACS Board of Directors for further consideration and ultimately a decision on whether or not it is in the best interest of our membership to proceed.

The most notable regulations currently affecting our schools and the students they server are:

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment Final Regulations were published October 31, 2014. This page provides the most updated information pertaining to requirements for Title IV eligible educational programs that are required to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs).


Read AACS’ Response to the NPRM

AACS’ Legislative Proposals

Defense to Repayment

Read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965

Read AACS’ Response to the NPRM

State Authorization of Distance Education Programs

Read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Program Integrity and Improvement – State Authorization

Read AACS’ Response to the NPRM