John R. Przypyszny



John Przypyszny leads the firm’s education team. He is a preeminent legal authority on higher education law and a trusted advisor to clients on matters pertaining to accreditation, regulatory compliance, policy and transactions related to higher education. With almost three decades of experience, John counsels institutions, education companies and accrediting agencies. He frequently speaks on education law issues, and co-authored a compendium on distance education for the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Higher Education Regulation

John has extensive experience counseling clients on matters involving the U.S. Department of Education, state agencies, accrediting bodies and other government regulators. He also advises higher education institutions on student affairs matters, admissions, and federal and state requirements, as well as the statutory and regulatory requirements of federal student financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.


One of the country’s foremost legal authorities on higher education accreditation, John has counseled more than a dozen accrediting agencies. He advises on U.S. Department of Education recognition proceedings, accreditation decision making, and the development and application of accrediting standards. John also has served as a site visitor for the American Bar Association and has participated in accreditation reviews of law schools for nearly 20 years.

Corporate Transactions

At the forefront of education industry developments, John also has extensive experience executing transactions on behalf of higher education institutions, education companies, private investors and lenders to the education sector. He provides advice to educational institutions and organizations on issues relating to corporate governance and organization.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. cum laude (1990)

Georgetown University
A.B. with honors (1987)

Insights & Events

Updates September 2022

New Guidance from U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Title IV Limitations on Written Arrangements for Program Offerings

7 min read  
Updates August 2022

U.S. Department of Education Issues Three Accreditation Guidance Documents

4 min read  
Updates August 2022

Proposed Rule From U.S. Department of Education Affects Changes of Ownership and Control, 90/10 Rule and Other Title IV Institutional Eligibility Matters

13 min read  
Media Mentions November 2021

John Przypyszny Speaks to Inside Higher Ed About the Build Back Better Act’s Pell Grant Provision

1 min read  
Updates August 2021

New U.S. Department of Education Regulations on Distance Education and Other Title IV Program Matters Effective July 1, 2021

22 min read  
Updates January 2021

Over $21 Billion in Emergency Grant Aid Available to Higher Education Institutions and Students through HEERF II Funding Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

9 min read  
Updates December 2020

U.S. Department of Education Extends and Clarifies COVID-Related Waivers for Accrediting Agencies

5 min read  
Publication October 2020

Reminder to Higher Education Institutions of October 30 Deadline for CARES Act HEERF Institutional Fund Reports

3 min read  
Updates August 2020

Revised Higher Education Reporting Requirements for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

3 min read  
Updates August 2020

Regulatory Agency and Selected Accreditor Resources for Higher Education Institutions Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic

9 min read  

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless — Volunteer

Professional Associations

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys — Associate Individual Member
  • American Bar Association — Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Accreditation Site Visitor

Civic Activities

  • Georgetown University — Georgetown College Board of Advisors, 2020-present
  • Georgetown University — Parent Advisory Council of the McDonough School of Business, 2018-2020

Firm Leadership

  • Leader, Education Practice Team 
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Chair, Education Team, 2003-2020; Vice-Chair, Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group, 2012-18; Allocations Committee, 2014-16


  • Best Lawyers® Education Law, 2013-23 (Washington, D.C. Education Law Lawyer of the Year, 2021)
Awards Methodology
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