Move should help lower costs for distance learning participants.

distance-learningIowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law on May 22 that he said he expects will help lower costs and streamline participation in distance learning opportunities by including Iowa in an interstate registration reciprocity agreement involving at least 23 other U.S. states.

Currently, out-of-state colleges and universities wishing to offer distance education to Iowa residents must pay a fee to register with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission and agree to follow Iowa’s consumer protection laws that apply to post-secondary students.

Likewise, Iowa’s post-secondary institutions — including the regents’ universities, community colleges and private non-profit universities — must do the same as in other states where they wish to offer distance education.

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