Responses Last Confirmed:

Nebraska Department of Education- Private Postsecondary Career Schools

Agency Contact

Marisol Birth, Ph.D.
402-471-4825
marisol.birth@nebraska.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

John Gale
402-471-2554
sos.info@nebraska.gov
Topic

1: Important Agency Information to Note

a.
Provide any important information about your agency.

The Private Postsecondary Career Schools section of the Nebraska Department of Education has the responsibility of authorizing private postsecondary career schools to operate educational programs and to recruit students for their schools.

Topic

2: Types of Educational Providers Authorized

a.
Indicate the types of institutions that your agency authorizes. Please provide a short explanation of any ambiguity in the comment section below.

____      Public, in-state degree granting institutions

____      Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions                

__x__    Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions

__x__    Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  

__x__    Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

__x__    Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

____      Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Non-degree, not-for profit institutions

____    Non-degree, for-profit institutions

____      Religious institutions

____      Tribally-controlled institutions

_____    Federal Institutions

_____    Municipal institutions

 

b.
Does your agency authorize specific academic programs offered by institutions, only institutions themselves, or both?

____ Institution _____ Program ___X__ Both

c.
Clarifying comments:

The highest degree offered for Private Postsecondary Schools would an Associate Degree.

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3: Accreditation

a.
Is accreditation required for an institution to be authorized in your state?

No

b.
If yes, please check all that apply as appropriate.

Accreditation Required for:

____ Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions

____ Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions

__X_ Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions

____ Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

__X_ Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

____ Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions

____ Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions

____ Non-degree, not-for profit institutions

____ Non-degree, for-profit institutions

____ Religious institutions

____ Tribally-controlled institutions

____ Federal Institutions

____ Municipal institutions

c.
Clarifying comments:

If institution does not hold a home state authorizations or licenses.

All schools licensed by Private Postsecondary Schools in Nebraska are required to apply for accreditation by PPCS within five years of operation https://www.education.ne.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Rule42_2016.pdf - 009-009.02B2.

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4: Exemptions

a.
Are certain institutions or programs exempt by law or policy from your state authorization requirements?
b.
If yes, for what types of institutions? Which types of programs?

Apprenticeship/On-the-job training programs

c.
Web link for exemptions.
d.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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5: Authorization of Distance Education

a.
Does your agency require purely online programs offered by out-of-state institutions to be authorized without regard to physical presence?

Yes. 

b.
If not, does your agency determine whether an institution must be authorized based on a physical presence (“operating”) standard?

No response provided

c.
Does your agency require correspondence study programs to be authorized without regard to physical presence?

Yes. 

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6: Physical Presence Policy

a.
If your agency uses a physical presence standard, how does your agency define physical presence?

No response provided

b.
Web link for physical presence definition.

No response provided

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

7: Student Complaints - SARA Participating Institutions

a.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about SARA participating Institutions.

No response provided

b.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

No response provided

c.
Web link for student complaints – SARA participating institutions.

No response provided

d.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?

No response provided

Contact Name

Title

Agency

Address

Email

Phone

URL

e.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

8: Student Complaints - Non-SARA Participating Institutions

a.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about out-of-state postsecondary institutions or programs?

No response provided

b.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

Complaints are handled within the agency, and at times will consult with another state agency if necessary.

c.
Does this complaint process extend to institutions not authorized by the agency that may enroll residents of the state (such as explicitly distance education programs with no physical presence or exempt institutions)?

No. 

d.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name:  Investigations Office
  • Title
  • Agency:  Nebraska Department of Education - Investigations Office
  • Address:  301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE68508
  • Email
  • Phone:  402-471-2295
  • URL
e.
Web link for the complaint form.
f.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

9: Surety Bonds

a.
Does your state require a Surety Bond for authorized out-of-state institutions?

Yes

b.
Web link for surety bonds.

No response provided

c.
Clarifying comments:

Out of state institutions are required to have an agent bond -  https://cdn.education.ne.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Rule42_2016.pdf  - 005.02B - 005.02B5

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10: Tuition Refund Policy

a.
Does your state have a Tuition Refund Policy Requirement?

School licensed by the Nebraska Department of Education – PPCS and schools licensed by Another State Agency.  https://cdn.education.ne.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Rule44_2016.pdf

b.
If yes, for what types of institutions?

No response provided

c.
Web link for tuition refund policy.

No response provided

d.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

11: Student Tuition Recovery Fund

a.
Does your state have a Student Tuition Recovery Fund (or similar fund for school closure)?

Yes

Private, in-state, not-for-profit non degree granting institutions
Private, in-state, for-profit non degree granting institutions

b.
If yes, for what types of institutions?

No response provided

c.
Web link for student tuition recovery fund.

No response provided

d.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

12: Reporting

a.
What kinds of information or data must an institution report to your agency as a condition for continued out-of-state authorization?

No response provided

b.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Yearly. 

c.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

Yes. 

e.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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13: Enforcement

a.
What are possible consequences of institutional non-compliance?

If operating without authorization, a school may be willfully violating Nebraska State Statute 85-1610 which is a Class II misdemeanor. Each day’s failure to comply is a separate violation.

b.
Web link for enforcement information.

No response provided

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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14: Application Process

a.
Please provide a short description of the application process to obtain state authorization.

Information regarding applications forms and regulations for Nebraska can be found at: https://www.education.ne.gov/ppcs/

b.
Web link for application.
c.
Clarifying comments:

A typical processing time frame would be 8 weeks, assuming that the agency has received all required information from the institution.

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15: Fees Associated with Authorization

a.
Is there an application fee associated with the authorization process?
b.
If yes, what is the fee or fee schedule?

No response provided

c.
Web link for fee information.
d.
Clarifying comments:

PPCS requires a surety bond for the school and for agents, schools pay into the Tuition Recovery Cast Fund (TRCF) for the first 5 years in operation, and agents must have an agent permit (renews every 3 years) in Nebraska to recruit students.

Cost to renew include a renewal fee, program fee/program, and agent renewal fee of all agent permits that expires in that year.

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16: Records Retention

a.
When a school closes, what is the process your state uses to ensure that transcripts/records are kept available?

Follow process as stablished in 85-1644 https://www.education.ne.gov/ppcs/rules-and-regulations/

b.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?

If you hold a Nebraska cosmetology, esthetician, or nail technician license, please contact 402-471-4977 for a certification/transcript of your records.

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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17: Additional Information

a.
Is there anything else about the authorization process in your state that we and others ought to know about?

If you hold a Nebraska cosmetology, esthetician, or nail technician license, please contact 402-471-4977 for a certification/transcript of your records.