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(Repealed May 2012; see Chapter 7) Chapter 2: Establishment of a 2-Year or a 4-Year Private College
(Repealed May 2012; see Chapter 7)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 Scholarship Act
Chapter 6: Access College Early Scholarship Program Act
Chapter 7: Rules for the Postsecondary Institution Act (Still awaiting final State approval)
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 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