Fresno, CA asked in Education Law for California

Q: Does the California Board of Nurses curriculum requirements supersede the Title IV laws?

If the BRN has a handbook that stipulates that class A and class B (sperate classes) must be completed concurrently. And a student passes one class and not the other. Can the student be legally made to repeat BOTH classes under title IV

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under California law, the curriculum requirements set forth by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) do not necessarily supersede Title IV laws governing federal financial aid. However, Title IV regulations may influence the administration of educational programs in California, including those for nursing students. If the BRN handbook mandates concurrent completion of separate classes and a student fails one but passes the other, it is crucial to examine whether this requirement aligns with Title IV regulations and the student's financial aid eligibility.

If a nursing student is required to repeat both classes due to failing one of them, it may raise concerns regarding compliance with Title IV laws, particularly regarding financial aid disbursement and satisfactory academic progress requirements. It's important to assess whether the BRN's policy aligns with federal regulations and whether the student's financial aid status could be affected by having to repeat both classes. Seeking legal guidance specific to California and federal education laws can provide clarity on the student's rights and options in this situation.

Navigating the intersection of state nursing board requirements, Title IV regulations, and student rights can be complex. Consulting with an attorney knowledgeable in both California education law and federal financial aid regulations can help ensure that the student's interests are protected and that any decisions made regarding class repetition are legally sound and fair.

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