Title IV for Distance Education

Join DEAC and colleagues from the Duane Morris Education Group for an online seminar that will cover the latest developments in distance education regulations for institutions participating in Title IV Federal Student Aid programs. Last week the US Department of Education forwarded its proposals for new regulations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Within this regulatory package are rules that would require institutions to take attendance for all distance education courses, enhance data collection for distance education students, and terminate Title IV eligibility for asynchronous clock-hour programs offered via distance education.

Now a regular offering by DEAC, this 4-hour training session will cover these recent developments as well as

  • A Title IV overview: eligible institutions, eligible programs and eligible students – key issues
  • Newly Effective Regulations: Title IV Financial Responsibility, Title IV Certification, and Title IV Administrative Capability
  • Proposed legislation to repeal the Department of Education’s preamble language in the 90/10 Final Rule that disqualifies tuition payments from non-Title IV participating programs that are taught fully or in part through distance education as non-federal revenue.
  • Status of Final Rule Implementation on Gainful Employment/Financial Value Transparency, including reporting obligations
  • Status of Final Rule Implementation on Title IX (going into effect August 1, 2024)
  • Current regulations governing Distance Education vs. Correspondence Education, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and Professional Licensure Disclosures.

Duane Morris Education Group Speaker Bios

Katherine D. Brodie leads the Washington, D.C., team of the firm’s national education law and policy practice and serves as a Team Lead for the Duane Morris Education industry group. She is one of a small number of attorneys in the United States with a daily practice devoted primarily to the needs of educational institutions (nonprofit, public and proprietary), education associations, education companies and investors in education. She has a strong interest in supporting mission-driven educational institutions and their partners to effectively lead and adapt to the rapid pace of change in the U.S. education sector while maintaining high quality educational services as measured in cost, accessibility and student outcomes.

Kristina Gill practices in the area of education law. Ms. Gill’s practice focuses on issues related to federal and state higher education law from both a policy and regulatory compliance perspective. Her experience and advice includes issues surrounding compliance with the federal regulatory process, particularly as related to the Title IV student financial aid programs authorized by the Higher Education Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

Matthew Steinway practices in the area of litigation. His practice focuses education policy and institutional  compliance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, including Title IV student  aid; accreditation; change of ownership transactions; borrower defense to repayment  issues; and Title IX, Clery Act and campus safety. Mr. Steinway has extensive congressional experience, having worked on several high-profile federal campaigns and in the lobbying sector. He is currently a registered lobbyist. He regularly works with clients to develop advocacy  and engagement strategies for issues related to higher education. 

Michelle Hon Donovan is a commercial lawyer, specializing in intellectual property, privacy, data protection, artificial intelligence, technology transactions and other commercial contracts. Ms. Donovan’s clients represent a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology, high-end consumer electronics, software, artificial intelligence, automotive, music, cosmetics and personal care products, real estate development, education, staffing, food and beverage, and social networking.

Jennifer D. DeMay practices in the area of education law. Having spent over 20 years in education-related companies in in-house legal and regulatory roles, Ms. DeMay understands the wide-ranging needs of her clients. She has an institutional perspective on the needs of admissions, student accounting, financial aid and student services and the intersection of risk and compliance with operations. Ms. DeMay has considerable experience advising on corporate governance, compliance with federal financial aid requirements, Title IX (sexual harassment) investigations and training as well as ADA compliance. She has worked with all 50 states on state licensing requirements and engaged in the accreditation process with numerous institutional and programmatic accrediting agencies. 

Jessica S. High is an associate in the Trial Practice Group. She counsels private sector colleges and universities in their many specialized relationships, including matters of state and federal regulation, accreditation compliance and advocacy, and student and employee disputes and concerns. Ms. High brings an owner’s perspective to the specialized work of counseling our education clients. Her family owns and operates a group of accredited private allied health colleges. Ms. High was a Campus Director and founder of their branch campus location. She spent over ten years in total employed by private sector colleges in their financial aid, admissions, accounting, student services, and human resources departments.