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Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Rules and Regulations

Under the authority granted by state statutes passed by the Nebraska Legislature, all state agencies adopt regulations to clarify and define processes and requirements outlined in state law. For example, in the Nebraska Scholarship Act, state law requires that direct financial assistance shall be provided to eligible students.  Regulations define which students are eligible for assistance based on financial need considerations. 

Properly adopted regulations have the force of law. Commonly referred to as "rules," "regulations" or "rules and regulations," the official name for the state's compiled rules and regulations is the Nebraska Administrative Code.  The rules and regulations governing the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education are under Title 281 of the Nebraska Administrative Code. 

Title 281 outlines the processes institutions must follow to undertake such activities as offering new courses in Nebraska, continuing existing courses, and requesting budget changes or capital construction funding.  Title 281 also contains guidelines on receiving and disbursing scholarship and financial aid funds to eligible, postsecondary Nebraska students.

Please click on the links below to access additional information on each chapter. Chapter links direct you to the Nebraska Secretary of State website.

Chapter 4: Review of Programs of Public Colleges and Universities

Existing program review

Guidelines
Form

New program request

Definitions (Appendix A)
Revenue (Appendix B) (PDF) (Excel)
Expenses (Appendix B) (PDF) (Excel)

New organizational unit request

Revenue (Appendix B) (PDF) (Excel)
Expenses (Appendix B) (PDF) (Excel)
Major Statewide Goals (Appendix C)

Chapter 5: Nebraska Opportunity Grant Act

Chapter 6: Access College Early Scholarship Program Act

Chapter 7: Rules for the Postsecondary Institution Act

Application for Recurrent Authorization (Appendix A)
Application for Modification of Recurrent Authorization (Appendix B)
Application for Renewal of Recurrent Authorization (Appendix C)
Format for Authorization to Operate (Appendix D)
Fees

Chapter 9

Procedures
Program statement outline
Prioritization process

Chapter 10: Off-Campus Programs in Nebraska

Out-of-service-area request
Institutional contact list

Chapter 11: Review of Public Institutions' Budget Requests

Chapter 12: Procedures & Practice Relating to Rules and Regulations