New Guidance – Documentation of High School Completion Status

The Program Integrity Q& A has been updated again with clarification on acceptable documentation for High School Completion Status, adding in comments about ATB Alternatives and Career Pathways Programs.

DHC-Q2. Can a student who does not have a high school diploma, or its recognized equivalent, or who has not completed a secondary school education in a homeschool setting, be admitted as a regular student to a postsecondary educational institution?

DHC-A2. Yes, only if the student is beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in the State in which the institution is physically located, or is dually or concurrently enrolled in the institution and a secondary school. However the student must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, or have completed a secondary school education in a homeschool setting in order to be eligible to receive Title IV aid. Note one exception: students may qualify for Title IV aid under one of the ATB alternatives, either because the student is “grandfathered,”or because the student is enrolled in an eligible career pathway program.

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