Prepared by the EdFund Government Relations and Regulatory Analysis Unit
Overview of the
Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) – Public Law 110–315
Status: The Higher Education Opportunity Act was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives on July 31, 2008. The President signed the bill into law on August 14, 2008.
Implementation: Unless otherwise indicated, many of the provisions included in the bill are self-implementing, clear in purpose and will be effective upon enactment. Some provisions will require guidance from the US Department of Education (ED) for implementation. It is recommended that readers monitor ED guidance in the form of Dear Colleague Letters (DCL) and electronic bulletins for provisions impacting operational issues. The Department started the negotiated rule-making process with six public meetings held during the fall of 2008 with negotiation sessions scheduled beginning February 2009 and ending in May 2009. A Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM) will be published in the Federal Register during the spring of 2009 with Final Rules being published by November 1, 2009. Final Rules are to be implemented by July 1, 2010 unless marked for early implementation.
Last Updated April 7, 2009
This document provides a summary of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and is intended for informational purposes only. Readers should refer to the detail of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and U.S. Department of Education guidance in determining all relevant issues.