§ 600.10Date, extent, duration, and consequence of eligibility.
(a)Date of eligibility.
(1) If the Secretary determines that an applicant institution satisfies all the statutory and regulatory eligibility requirements, the Secretary considers the institution to be an eligible institution as of the date—
(i) The Secretary signs the institution's program participation agreement described in34 CFR part 668, subpart B, for purposes of participating in any title IV, HEA program; and
(ii) The Secretary receives all the information necessary to make that determination for purposes other than participating in any title IV, HEA program.
(b)Extent of eligibility.
(1) If the Secretary determines that the entire applicant institution, including all its locations and all its educational programs, satisfies the applicable requirements of this part, the Secretary extends eligibility to all educational programs and locations identified on the institution's application for eligibility.
(2) If the Secretary determines that only certain educational programs or certain locations of an applicant institution satisfy the applicable requirements of this part, the Secretary extends eligibility only to those educational programs and locations that meet those requirements and identifies the eligible educational programs and locations in the eligibility notice sent to the institution under§ 600.21.
(3) Eligibility does not extend to any location that an institution establishes after it receives its eligibility designation if the institution provides at least 50 percent of an educational program at that location, unless—
(i) The Secretary approves that location under§ 600.20(e)(4); or
(ii) The location is licensed and accredited, the institution does not have to apply to the Secretary for approval of that location under§ 600.20(c), and the institution has reported to the Secretary that location under § 600.21.
(c)Subsequent additions of educational programs.
(1) An eligible institution must notify the Secretary at least 90 days before the first day of class when it intends to add an educational program that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation, as provided under34 CFR 668.8(c)(3) or (d). The institution may proceed to offer the program described in its notice, unless the Secretary advises the institution that the additional educational program must be approved under § 600.20(c)(1)(v). Except as provided for direct assessment programs under 34 CFR 668.10, or pursuant to a requirement included in an institution's Program Participation Agreement under 34 CFR 668.14, the institution does not have to apply for approval to add any other type of educational program.
(2) For purposes of paragraph (c)(1) of this section, an additional educational program is—
(i) A program with a Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code under the taxonomy of instructional program classifications and descriptions developed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics that is different from any other program offered by the institution;
(ii) A program that has the same CIP code as another program offered by the institution but leads to a different degree or certificate; or
(iii) A program that the institution's accrediting agency determines to be an additional program.
(3) An institution must repay to the Secretary all HEA program funds received by the institution for an educational program, and all the title IV, HEA program funds received by or on behalf of students who enrolled in that program if the institution—
(i) Fails to obtain the Secretary's approval to offer an additional educational program that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation as provided under paragraph (c)(1) of this section; or
(ii) Incorrectly determines that an educational program that is not subject to approval under paragraph (c)(1) of this section is an eligible program for title IV, HEA program purposes.
(d)Duration of eligibility.
(1) If an institution participates in the title IV, HEA programs, the Secretary's designation of the institution as an eligible institution under the title IV, HEA programs expires when the institution's program participation agreement, as described in34 CFR part 668, subpart B, expires.
(2) If an institution participates in an HEA program other than a title IV, HEA program, the Secretary's designation of the institution as an eligible institution, for purposes of that non-title IV, HEA program, does not expire as long as the institution continues to satisfy the statutory and regulatory requirements governing its eligibility.
(e)Consequence of eligibility.
(1) If, as a part of its institutional eligibility application, an institution indicates that it wishes to participate in a title IV, HEA program and the Secretary determines that the institution satisfies the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements governing institutional eligibility, the Secretary will determine whether the institution satisfies the standards of administrative capability and financial responsibility contained in34 CFR part 668, subpart B.
(2) If, as part of its institutional eligibility application, an institution indicates that it does not wish to participate in any title IV, HEA program and the Secretary determines that the institution satisfies the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements governing institutional eligibility, the institution is eligible to apply to participate in any HEA program listed by the Secretary in the eligibility notice it receives under§ 600.21. However, the institution is not eligible to participate in those programs, or receive funds under those programs, merely by virtue of its designation as an eligible institution under this part.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1845-0098)