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Request for Program Amendment

Updated: June 2020

Pursuant to District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 8123 and 8010.1, an institution licensed by the Higher Education Licensure Commission shall submit an Application for Program Amendment if it proposes to offer a new degree or program of study, modify an existing approval or delete an approved program of study. Two copies of the request should be submitted along with one electronic version via travel drive (additional copies may be required). The content (forms, documents, responses, publications) must be in a three ring notebook/binder.

  1. The notebook/binder must have a table of contents.
  2. The notebook/binder must be divided into the sections consistent with parts I and II of this application.
  3. Each section must be clearly marked with tabs/indices. Please avoid using the tabs that require inserts.
  4. All pages must be numbered.

A check or money order in the amount of $300 per program change payable to the DC Treasurer must also be submitted with the application and delivered to:

Higher Education Licensure Commission
1050 First St. NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002

The review and approval process takes 60-90 days depending on the timeframe the request is submitted as well as the completeness of the submission. Requests for Program Amendment are acted on during public meetings of the Commission.

All the resources required to operate an educational institution (such as facilities, equipment, etc.) must be acquired before submitting the application to the HELC office. An institution cannot begin operations or advertising a new program until the Commission has approved the request.

Related Content: Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) Applications