The 2020 annual review, which starts in April, determines programs that will be offered through the Regional Student Program (RSP), Tuition Break, for 2021-22. NEBHE publishes updated program lists by the beginning of September.
Annual Review Process
The Annual Review has two phases requiring institutional participation, which is managed through a secure online database. Each respondent has a unique user name and password.
NEBHE initiates the Annual Review in April by sending every designated RSP campus contact an email that provides a unique user name and password to log into the Annual Review database.
Institutions complete and submit the online Phase I Response Form to notify NEBHE of any changes to their current RSP offerings and contact information, and provide information on additional new programs they wish to propose and offer through the RSP.
The sections in the 2020 Phase I form are as follows:
- Institutional contact information – confirm or update
- COVID-19 – provide any special information your campus wishes to share
- RSP programs currently offered by your institution – confirm or update
- New Specialized Programs – list any programs your institution wishes to propose for eligibility
- Flexible Programs – confirm or update participation
- Proximity Programs – confirm or update participation
NEBHE sends every RSP campus contact an update by email on the outcome of Phase 1. NEBHE requests a review of additional new programs proposed under the Specialized Programs Policy.
Institutions complete and submit their Phase II Response Form through the online database.
NEBHE compiles and verifies institutions’ responses and confirms program eligibility.
At the beginning of September, NEBHE announces newly approved programs and publishes an updated list of approved programs.
Beyond Phase II
Institutions may submit late changes to programs and contacts that take effect after the conclusion of the April-September Annual Review by using a Late Submission Form.
Key Information and Definitions
Specialized Program (Policy 3B1):
A specialized program is distinguished by its content, courses and credits and is a major, specialized concentration or option that approximates a major in its requirements. A specialized program is voluntarily offered by one or more participating institutions in one or more of the New England states.
Eligibility for residents of a particular state is determined based on the program not being offered by that state’s public colleges or universities.
Institutional review of a specialized program: Institutions review a detailed description of any specialized program proposed by another institution. Institutions report to NEBHE whether or not they offer a program that is comparable to a proposed specialized program. A comparable program may be a major, option or concentration and be comprised of equivalent courses and number of credits..
Flexible Program Policy (Policy 3B2a):
Institutions may choose to offer programs of their choosing and allow eligibility for residents of any other states. Eligibility is not based on whether or not the program is offered by the public colleges and universities in a student’s home state.
Proximity Program Policy (Policy 3B2b):
Institutions may choose to offer programs of their choosing and allow eligibility for residents of other states who live closer to the offering institution than to an in-state institution.
Email tuitionbreak [at] nebhe.org or call 857-284-4879 or 617-533-9511.