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Issue: State Authorization of Out-of-State Institutions
Recent News on
State Authorization Compliance Workshop: For Those Getting Started - March 2-3, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia
State Authorization Network Rendezvous with Regulators - April 28-29, 2015, Savannah, Georgia
Two webcast series on State Authorization - August 2014
State Authorization of Out-of-State Institutions
Whether via distance education, practical experiences, or face-to-face, states expect that institutions obtain approval before enrolling students, advertising, marketing, or performing other regulated activities in their state. The requirements as to which activities require authorization, the application processes, and the costs to comply vary greatly from state-to-state.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued a regulation tying an institution's ability to offer federal financial aid in a state to the institution being authorized in the student's state. The regulation was subsequently "vacated" by federal court ruling and is not currently being enforced. The Department is currently in the process of reinstating the regulation. Regardless of the status of the federal regulation, states still expect institutions to follow their laws and regulations.
- History of State Authorization
- State Approval Requirements
- Getting Started with State Approval
- Sample Letters, Complain Processes, and Webpages
- Student Complaints
- Reciprocal Agreements
WCET's State Authorization Network
WCET's State Authorization Network (SAN) assists institutions, systems or consortia in navigating the state regulations processes.
- Colleges Moving Slowly Toward State Authorization Compliance or Opting Out of States
- What are Institutions Doing (or Not Doing) about State Authorization
- State Authorization and Professional Licensure
- State and Federal Regulations on 'State Authorization' of Distance Education
- State Authorization and MOOCs
- State Authorization and Non-Credit Courses and Programs
- State Authorization and Military Students
- U.S. Department of Education 'Pausing' on State Authorization
- State Authorization negotiated Rulemaking: What Happened? What's Next?
- State Authorization - changes Proposed to Regulatory Language at April Meeting
- State Authorization - Proposed Regulatory Language from Department of Education
- Proposed State Authorization Regulations (Second Set): Provide Your Feedback
- Proposed Federal State Authorization Language: Provide Your Input
- Colleges Crossing Borders - Counts and State Authorization: IPEDS Reality Check
- Untangling Two State Authorization Rules: "On Ground" and "Distance Education"