Title IV was one of eight titles:
- Title I, General Provisions;
- Title II, Teacher Quality Enhancement;
- Title III, Strengthening Institutions;
- Title IV, Student Assistance;
- Title V, Developing Institutions;
- Title VI, International Education Programs;
- Title VII, Graduate and Postsecondary Improvement Programs; and
- Title VIII,Additional Programs.
Title IV contains nine parts that authorize a broad array of programs and provisions to assist students and their families in gaining access to and financing a postsecondary education. Programs authorized under this title are the primary sources of federal aid supporting postsecondary education.
The act is sectioned:
- A- Grants to attend establishments in approved Title IV programs. (Ten sub-sections)
- B- Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program
- C- Federal Work-Study Programs
- D- Direct Loan Program
- E- Federal Perkins Loans
- F- Need Analysis procedures
- G- General provisions and definitions
- H- Role of States, accrediting and eligibility 
- Title IX is about discrimination based on sex, as well as protections against sexual assault in colleges.
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- The Higher Education Act (HEA): A Primer