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THE WORKINGS OF
Federal Program Integrity Regulations
AACS Remains Focused On States’ Compliance
in an effort to
BY TOM E.
IN NEARLY 100 days (as of March 22), the State’s
authorizing entity(ites) responsible for granting
recognition of institutions of higher education eligible to administer federal student ﬁ nancial assistance are required to be in compliance with the
Department’s State Authorization regulations.
With just over three months remaining before
scheduled implementation, not one State authorizing entity responsible for the oversight of AACS
member institutions is currently compliant with
the Department’s interpretation of the regulations.
Several States assisted by AACS are currently
in dialogue with the Department which may result
in the Department’s approval, and still others
are pursing legislative revisions to address the
Department’s expectations based upon their interpretation of the regulations.
Implementation of the AACS State Authorization Plan and our direct line of communication
with Department ofﬁcials are providing incremental progress towards regulatory compliance by the
States. However, the Department’s interpretation of
the regulations and their expectations of what States
must do to comply continues to be challenging.
Try as we might, it is clear that most State
authorizing entities – and the AACS member institutions they recognize – will not meet the regulatory requirements set forth by the Department on
or before the June 30, 2013, deadline.
AACS has already taken proactive steps in an
effort to protect and preserve our students’ and
institutions’ continued and unencumbered access
to federal student ﬁ nancial assistance.
AACS has been engaged with the Department
on this issue throughout the entire regulatory
process, including Federal Negotiated Rulemaking (2009-10), publication of the Final Regulation
(2010), shifting interpretations of the regulations
(2011-2012), and discussions and meetings with
the Department (2012-13) when it became evident
that prior guidance and interpretation indicating
our unique circumstances would not be an issue
was no longer accurate. In February AACS notiﬁed the Department of this concern in response to
a Dear Colleague Letter (GEN-13-04) published on
January 23, 2013.
Through it all, AACS has remained focused on
attempting to provide all member institutions with
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA CO-Chairs
The workings of Washington
Unite to Build a Community
The Ultimate Software Review
A Student's Perspective
The Professional Nail Industry & Schools
Step by Step
Challenging the Status Quo
And then there’s compliance
Forward to the Future
Listserve Q & A
Beauty School Budgeting
Skin Care Council
The Digital Classroom
Outside the Beauty Box
Getting Outside the Box
Beauty changes lives
A Profound Impact
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Financial Aid Servicers
New School Members
Upcoming 2013-14 Events
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 2
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