College academic programs are eligible for State student aid based on the State Education Department’s review and approval, resulting in program registration. The Department maintains an Inventory of Registered Programs of all approved programs and indicates financial aid eligibility for each one.
Colleges must offer registered programs as approved for the programs to continue to be eligible for financial aid. When conducting financial aid audits, the Office of the State Comptroller reviews catalogs and may question if a program appears to have changed and is no longer being offered as approved.
Because of possible audit problems, it is important, therefore, for colleges to seek State Education Department approval of any program changes in a timely way. The change can be as simple as a new title or a more substantive change in content.
Information about procedures for submitting a request for approval of program changes is available from the State Education Department.