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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Chapter 1: Authorization for Out-Of-State Institutions to Offer Courses in Nebraska (Repealed May 2012; see Chapter 7)

Chapter 2: Establishment of a 2-Year or a 4-Year Private College (Repealed May 2012; see Chapter 7)

Chapter 3: Accreditation of Private Colleges

Chapter 4: Review of Programs of Public Colleges and Universities

Chapter 5: Nebraska Opportunity Grant Act

Chapter 6: Access College Early Scholarship Program Act

Chapter 7: Rules for the Postsecondary Institution Act

Chapter 7 - Appendix A: Application for Recurrent Authorization

Chapter 7 - Appendix B: Application for Modification of Recurrent Authorization

Chapter 7 - Appendix C: Application for Renewal of Recurrent Authorization

Chapter 7 - Appendix D: Format for Authorization to Operate

Chapter 7 - Fees

Chapter 9: 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