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
New program request
New organizational unit request
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 to Operate (PDF) (Word)
Application for Modification of Recurrent Authorization to Operate (PDF) (Word)
Application for Renewal of Recurrent Authorization to Operate (PDF) (Word)
Format for Authorization to Operate (Appendix D)
Chapter 8: Guaranty Recovery Cash Fund
Chapter 9: Rules and Regulations Concerning Capital Construction
Chapter 10: Off-Campus Programs in Nebraska
Chapter 11: Review of Public Institutions' Budget Requests
Chapter 12: Procedures & Practice Relating to Rules and Regulations