Bonding Requirements

Extracted from the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990, as amended in 2021, O.C.G.A. § 20-3-250.10:

(a) At the time an initial application or application for a branch facility is made for authorization to operate, the executive director shall require the nonpublic postsecondary educational institution making such application to file with the executive director a good and sufficient surety bond in such sum as determined by subsection (b) of this Code section. Such bond shall be executed by the applicant as principal and by a surety company qualified and authorized to do business in this state. The bond shall be conditioned to provide indemnification to the Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund established in Code Section 20-3-250.27 and to any student or enrollee or that person’s parent or guardian or class thereof determined to have suffered loss or damage as a result of any act or practice which is a violation of this part or of rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto by such nonpublic postsecondary educational institution and that the bonding company shall pay any final, nonappealable judgment rendered by the commission or any court of this state having jurisdiction, upon receipt of written notification thereof. Regardless of the number of years that such bond is in force, the aggregate liability of the surety thereon shall in no event exceed the penal sum of the bond. The bond may be continuous.

(b) The minimum amount of the bond required by subsection (a) of this Code section shall be based on the gross tuition of the nonpublic postsecondary educational institution during the previous year or on the estimated gross tuition for the current year, whichever is larger, and shall be as follows:

Total Tuition and Fees after refunds Minimum Bond
$0-$50,000 $20,000
$50,001 - $100,000 $30,000
$100,001- $200,000 $50,000
$200,001 - $300,000 $75,000
$300,001 - $400,000 $100,000
$400,001 - $500,000 $150,000
$500,001- $1,000,000 $200,000
$1,000,001- $2,000,000 $300,000.00
$2,000,001 and over $450,000.00


For situations where a nonpublic postsecondary educational institution is unable to secure a bond amount provided for by this subsection, a bank standby letter of credit secured from a federally insured financial institution shall be accepted pursuant to rules and regulations of the commission. Institutions with $1,000,001.00 or more in the previous year's gross tuition or estimated gross tuition, whichever is larger, that are authorized and bonded prior to July 1, 2021, shall not be subject to the $300,000.00 or the $450,000.00 bonding requirement unless a change of ownership occurs after July 1, 2021.