The law defines the characteristics and requirements that institutions must meet to be considered Title-IV eligible. The requirements vary somewhat among the three fundamental types of eligible institution, which are: public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education; proprietary (for-profit) institutions of higher education; public or private nonprofit postsecondary vocational institutions. Regulations elaborate on the basic statutory requirements, which address such factors as admissions criteria, type and length of academic program, accreditation, and state authorization to operate.
Related terms: Administrative Capability; Financial Responsibility; Program Eligibility; Program Participation Agreement
U.S. Code, Title 20—Education Chapter 28—Higher Education Resources and Student Assistance Subchapter IV—Student Assistance > Part H—Program Integrity, Subpart 3—Eligibility and Certification Procedures § 1099c Eligibility and certification procedures [HEA § 498]
How to Graduate High-Risk Students (Trellis Company)
Institutional Eligibility for Participation in Title IV Student Financial Aid Programs (Congressional Research Service)
Institutional Eligibility AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&As (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators)
See also State (Definition)