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:

Types of Educational Providers Authorized

2A1.
Institution Types Authorized – 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

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

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

2B1.
Is accreditation required for an institution to be authorized in your state? Yes or No.

No. 

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

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. -

2B3.
If yes, what type of accreditation is required? Please, check all that apply as appropriate.

No response provided

Regional Accreditation Required for:

____ Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions

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

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

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

____ 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

__

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2C1.
Does your agency authorize specific academic programs offered by institutions, only institutions themselves, or both?

____ Institution _____ Program ___X__ Both

2C2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2D1.
Does your state require a Surety Bond for authorized out-of-state institutions? Yes or No.

Yes. 

2D2.
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

2E1.
Does your state have a Tuition Refund Policy Requirement? If so, for which types of institutions?

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

Topic:

Exemptions

3A1.
Are certain institutions or programs exempt by law or policy from your state authorization requirements? If so, for which types of institutions? Which types of programs? Please provide web link.
Topic:

Authorization of Distance Education

4A1.
Does your agency require purely online programs offered by out-of-state institutions to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No.

Yes. 

4A2.
If not, does your agency determine whether an institution must be authorized based on a physical presence (“operating”) standard? Yes or No.

No response provided

4A3.
Clarifying comments:

https://cdn.education.ne.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Rule41_2016.pdf

4B1.
Does your agency require correspondence study programs to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No

Yes. 

Topic:

Physical Presence Policy - Common Triggers

5A1.
If your agency uses a physical presence standard, how does your agency define physical presence? If available, please provide a link to that policy or a citation to the relevant regulation giving that standard.

No response provided

5A2.
URL for physical presence definition

No response provided

5A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Application Process

6A1.
Description – Please provide a short description of the application process to obtain state authorization. If available, please provide web links to the specific references to all applicable state laws, regulations, manuals, forms, or other pertinent docu

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

6A2.
URL for application
6A3.
Clarifying comments:

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

Topic:

Fees Associated with Authorization

7A1.
Application Fee – Is there an application fee to initiate the authorization process? If so, what is the fee or fee schedule? Please provide a web link if available.
7A2.
URL for Fee Information
7A3.
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.

Topic:

Reporting

8A1.
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

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Yearly. 

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

Yes. 

8A5.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - Non-SARA Participating Institutions

9A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about out-of-state postsecondary institutions or programs?

No response provided

9A2.
URL for the complaint form
9A3.
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.

9A4.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

9B1.
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. 

9B2.
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
9B3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - SARA Participating Institutions

10A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about SARA participating Institutions.

No response provided

10A2.
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

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions

No response provided

10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?

No response provided

Contact Name

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Agency

Address

Email

Phone

URL

10A5.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Enforcement

11A1.
If your agency has written descriptions of the possible consequence of institutional non-compliance, please provide it (or provide a web link).

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.

Topic:

Records Retention

12A1.
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/

12B1.
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.

 

Topic:

Additional Information

13A1.
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.