Jonathan D. Tarnow



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Jonathan Tarnow is a partner on the Education Law team in the firm's Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group. He advises educational institutions, publicly-traded and privately-held education companies, private investors and third party vendors on numerous laws and regulations governing the postsecondary education industry, specifically as related to participation in the federal student financial assistance programs, accreditation, state educational licensing, student records privacy and related matters. He regularly represents education companies and private equity firms on complex transactions for the purchase or sale of proprietary educational institutions, and also advises financial institutions with respect to credit facilities in the postsecondary education industry. He defends educational institutions in regulatory audits and enforcement actions; advises and advocates for clients on Congressional matters affecting educational institutions; and has testified before state legislative bodies regarding changes in federal education law. He also has advised educational institutions in Qui Tam cases under the False Claims Act, and successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on behalf of a state educational agency in a matter involving federal impact aid funding to local school districts. Jonathan is a frequent speaker at education industry conferences, including those of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools.   He also has authored articles in education industry periodicals regarding compliance with federal education laws and regulations.

Jonathan has served on the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University, where he was particularly active on the Student Affairs and Information Technology Committees. He was also a member of the university’s NCAA Certification Committee on Academic Integrity. He is past co-chair of the D.C. Bar Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section, and also served as chair of the section's Education Law and Policy Committee.

Jonathan received both his bachelor's degree in political science and his J.D from The George Washington University. He presently serves on the board of directors and executive committee of The George Washington Alumni Association.


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Student Aid Transcript
Death, Taxes, Program Reviews, and Audits

Speaking Engagements

NACUA 2015 Conference
State Authorization of Distance Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities Annual Conference
HEA Reauthorization, Legislative and Regulatory Issues: What’s the State of Play?
CAPPS 2013 Legislative Policy Conference
Federal Update: Congressional and Regulatory Expectations 2013
California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools
APSCU 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition
NASFAA Annual Conference
Career College Association Annual Convention
NASFAA Annual Conference
Career College Association Annual Convention
Career College Association Annual Convention
The Many Facets of Financial Responsibility
Career College Association Annual Convention
It’s All in the Numbers: An Update on Financial Responsibility and 90/10 Issues
Career College Association Seminar
Career College Association Compliance and Ethics Seminar
Education Industry Investment Forum
M&A in Postsecondary Education
CCA Convention
Moderator of University Counsel Roundtable Discussion