§ 668.43 Institutional and Programmatic Information
Beginning on July 1, 2026, the Secretary will establish and maintain a website with information about institutions and their educational programs. For this purpose, an institution must provide to the Department such information about the institution and its programs as the Secretary prescribes through a notice published in the Federal Register. The Secretary may conduct consumer testing to inform the design of the website.
The website must include, but is not limited to, the following items, to the extent reasonably available:
- The published length of the program in calendar time (i.e., weeks, months, years).
- The total number of individuals enrolled in the program during the most recently completed award year.
- The total cost of tuition and fees, and the total cost of books, supplies, and equipment, that a student would incur for completing the program within the published length of the program.
- Of the individuals enrolled in the program during the most recently completed award year, the percentage who received a Direct Loan Program loan, a private loan, or both for enrollment in the program.
- As calculated by the Secretary, the median loan debt of students who completed the program during the most recently completed award year or for all students who completed or withdrew from the program during that award year.
- As provided by the Secretary, the median earnings of students who completed the program or of all students who completed or withdrew from the program, during a period determined by the Secretary.
- Whether the program is programmatically accredited and the name of the accrediting agency, as reported to the Secretary.
- As calculated by the Secretary, the program’s debt-to-earnings rates.
- As calculated by the Secretary, the program’s earnings premium measure.
The website may also include other information deemed appropriate by the Secretary, such as the following items:
- The primary occupations (by name, SOC code, or both) that the program prepares students to enter, along with links to occupational profiles on O*NET (www.onetonline.org) or its successor site.
- As reported to or calculated by the Secretary, the program or institution’s completion rates and withdrawal rates for full-time and less-than-full-time students.
- As calculated by the Secretary, the medians of the total cost of tuition and fees, and the total cost of books, supplies, and equipment, and the total net cost of attendance paid by students completing the program.
- As calculated by the Secretary, the loan repayment rate for students or graduates who entered repayment on Direct Loan Program loans during a period determined by the Secretary.
- Whether students who graduate from a program are required to complete postgraduation training program to obtain licensure before eligible for independent practice.
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- § 668.43 Institutional and Programmatic Information
The institution must provide a prominent link to, and any other needed information to access, the website maintained by the Secretary on any webpage containing academic, cost, financial aid, or admissions information about the program or institution. The Secretary may require the institution to modify a webpage if the information is not sufficiently prominent, readily accessible, clear, conspicuous, or direct.
Distribution to Prospective Students
The institution must provide the relevant information to access the website maintained by the Secretary to any prospective student, or a third party acting on behalf of the prospective student, before the prospective student signs an enrollment agreement, completes registration, or makes a financial commitment to the institution.
Distribution to Enrolled Students
The institution must provide the relevant information to access the website maintained by the Secretary to any enrolled title IV, HEA recipient prior to the start date of the first payment period associated with each subsequent award year in which the student continues enrollment at the institution.
About the Authors:
Materials and content originate from the Department of Education posting, with insights and summaries provided by Tom Netting and Sally Samuels.
Sally Samuels, Director of Compliance, Fame
Sally is one of the country’s leading authorities on Federal financial aid administration with more than 43 years of “in the trenches” experience. As a respected Industry leader, she is frequently called upon to speak at School, Accrediting, Regional and State conferences as well as to act as school liaison during program reviews and compliance audits.
Having processed, reviewed and taught financial aid for over 40 years Sally brings real life experiences, observations and illustrations to her audience adding a touch of humor to regulatory compliance. Her style makes the sometime complex topics easy to understand and audiences always come away with practical knowledge that they can apply to their everyday situations. Sally has been published many times in various Higher Education periodicals providing her expertise and insight on administering Federal funding based on compliance with the Federal statutes.
Tom Netting, President/CEO, TEN Government Strategies, Co-Executive Director, CSPEN
Having spent all of his professional career devoted to higher education policy oversight and implementation, Tom Netting has an extensive knowledge of the laws and regulations governing all aspects of higher education. His considerable background and experience have afforded him the opportunity to view the development and implementation of federal higher education and workforce development policy in their entirety – including issues related to higher education and workforce development, health care, veteran affairs policies and the procurement of federal appropriations.