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Summary of Federal Laws

Students

Miscellaneous Laws Affecting Students

The Student Right to Know Law and Disclosures Required with Respect to Athletically Related Student Aid

20 U.S.C. § 1092; 34 C.F.R. §§ 668.41; 668.45 (graduation rates) and 668.48 (on athletically related aid)

This law requires an institution that participates in federal student aid programs to disclose graduation rates for the student body. Collection of the graduation rate data began with a cohort in 1996. The disclosure date is July 1 following 150% of the normal time for completion/graduation from its programs. Completion of the Graduation Rate Survey (GRS) (part of IPEDS reporting) meets the reporting requirements of the Student Right to Know Law. 

For purposes of the completion and graduation rate, an institution must count as entering students only first-time undergraduate students. First-time undergraduate student means an entering undergraduate who has never attended any institution of higher education. It includes a student enrolled in the fall term who attended a postsecondary institution for the first time in the prior summer term, and a student who entered with advanced standing (college credit earned before graduation from high school). 

An institution must count as an entering student a first-time undergraduate student, who is enrolled as of October 15, the end of the institution's add/drop period, or another official reporting date as defined in 34 C.F.R. § 668.41(a).

For more on the IPEDS reporting requirements see the NCES webpage on IPEDS. 

In terms of the disclosure requirements, the graduation rates are part of the information that institutions that participate in Title IV student aid must make available to current and prospective students. Institutions must annually provide students with a list of all the information required to be disclosed and with instructions on how to access the information.

Athletically related student aid

Additional disclosure requirements apply to schools that offer athletically related student aid. Athletically related student aid means any scholarship, grant, or other form of financial assistance, offered by an institution, the terms of which require the recipient to participate in a program of intercollegiate athletics at the institution. Other student aid, of which a student-athlete simply happens to be the recipient, is not athletically related student aid. 

An annual report (July 1) must be produced by each institution that offers athletically related student aid.  For a full list of the requirements, see 20 U.S.C. § 1092 (e) and34 § CFR 668.48. The report must also be made available to prospective student-athletes and their parents, high school coach and guidance counselor by October 15th of each year.  If the school is a member of the NCAA, then the reporting requirements are considered met through distribution of the NCAA report, which is made available to all secondary and postsecondary schools around the country through the Web. 


 

Resources

 

2018 Equity in Athletics Disclosures Survey

NCAA Division III Compliance Calendar

Dept. of Education User Guide for Equity in Athletics Dislosure Act Web-Based Data Collection

updated 12-18-18