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Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA)

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The Higher Education Opportunity Act (August, 2008) was the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  The updated act focuses on financial aid for students and additionally requires a variety of new notification, reporting and disclosure procedures on multiple topics, such things as fire safety, on-campus crime disclosures, drug and alcohol abuse as well as a number of consumer information measures.

This web page is designed to help UW institutions as they work to meet the requirements of the new law.  The content of this site will change as new information and resources become available.

UW System HEOA Reference and Contact Guide (MS Word)
This resource provides brief descriptions for a collection of HEOA 2008 reauthorization requirements.  Clicking the link above will open the document in a new window.  The MS Word table lists HEOA requirements by regulation category.  You may sort the table by function unit or statute sections.  In MS Word 2007:

  1. Open the “layout” tool bar by clicking the tab in the tool bar ribbon;
  2. Click “sort”;
  3. A new window will open.  Select the field you wish to sort by from the drop down menu click “OK”

The table contains the name and contact information for UWSA staff persons who can serve as a resource to answer questions pertaining to the HEOA requirements.  If you are unable to locate information pertaining to a particular requirement, please contact Diane Treis Rusk at (608) 261-1115 or


6/16/10 - The Department of Education (ED) released today its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on specific issues which were legislatively required to be negotiated by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).  This set of proposed rules fully covers 13 of 14 issues; the issue of “gainful employment” is only partially addressed in this NPRM and will be the subject of a separate NPRM issued in the near future.  The entire proposed regulatory package and the Department’s press release are available at the following ED web address:

6/04/10 - The Department of Education (ED)  published a letter which, in essence, reminds colleges and universities that their responsibilities in combating illegal file sharing become effective in July.  The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 included provisions aimed at curbing illegal file sharing over networks supplied by colleges and universities.  A copy of the letter available at the following link: