States have varying rules, requirements and regulations that govern online (distance) education offered by out-of-state institutions. These rules require higher education institutions that offer distance education to state residents to obtain exemption, approval, authorization or other certification from the relevant state agencies. Many of these regulations also apply to field experiences (e.g., internships, practicums, clinicals, etc.) in the state.

Pacific College monitors state authorization requirements in each state and continues to make good faith efforts to secure the appropriate authorization and/or licensure to offer online programs in each state in which it enrolls students.

Update Status Current as of September, 2020

Alabama Commission on Higher Education (Exempt)

100 North Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-1998
ache.edu

Alabama Community College System (ACCS) (Pending)

P.O. Box 302130
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 293-4500
www.accs.edu

Street Address:
135 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104-4340

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (pending)

PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505
(907) 465-6741
acpesecure.alaska.gov

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (Exempt)

1740 W. Adams Street, Suite 3008
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-5709
www.azppse.gov

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Pending)

423 Main Street, Suite 400
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 371-2000
www.adhe.edu

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Coe §6-61-301. The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (Approved)

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 98018
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
(916) 431-6959 Website: www.bppe.ca.gov

Physical Address
2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Colorado Commission on Higher Education (Exempt)

1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 862-3001
https://highered.colorado.gov

Connecticut Office of Higher Education (Pending)

450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1841
(860) 947-1822
http://www.ctohe.org

Delaware Department of Education (Pending Approval)

401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 735-4000
https://www.doe.k12.de.us/

District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) (Pending Approval)

1050 First Street, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 727-6436
https://helc.osse.dc.gov/

Florida Department of Education (Exempt)

Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-3212
http://www.fldoe.org/

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (Pending)

2082 E. Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, GA 30084-4113
(770) 414-3300
https://gnpec.georgia.gov/

Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program (Exempt)

P.O. Box 541
Honolulu, HI 96809
(808) 586-7327
https://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/

Idaho State Board of Education (Exempt)

650 W. State Street, 3rd Floor
Boise, ID 83720-0037
(208) 334-2270
https://boardofed.idaho.gov/

Illinois Board of Higher Education (Approved)

Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377
(217) 782-2551

https://www.ibhe.org/

Indiana Commission on Higher Education (Pending)

101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206
(317) 464-4400
www.in.gov/che/

Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Exempt)

475 SW Fifth Street, Suite D
Des Moines, IA 50309
(877) 272-4456 option 4
https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/

Kansas Board of Regents (Pending)

1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(757) 430-4240
https://www.kansasregents.org/

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (Pending)

1024 Capital Center Drive, Ste. 320
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 573-1555
http://cpe.ky.gov/

Louisiana Board of Regents (Pending)

1201 N 3rd Street, Suite #6
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-4253
https://regents.la.gov/

Maine Department of Education (Pending)

23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-6600
https://www.maine.gov/doe/home

Maryland Higher Education Commission (Pending)

6 N. Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-3301
https://mhec.state.md.us/Pages/default.aspx

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (Exempt)

1 Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 994-6950
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-higher-education

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (Approved)

611 W. Ottawa
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-9700
https://www.michigan.gov/lara/

Minnesota Office of Higher Education (Pending)

1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
(651) 642-0567
https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/

 

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (Pending)

3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 432-6372
http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/

Missouri Department of Higher Education (Pending)

205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65201
(573) 751-3940
https://dhewd.mo.gov/

Montana Board of Regents (Pending)

2500 Broadway Street
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
(406) 444-6570
https://mus.edu/board/

Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (Exempt)

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
(402) 471-2847
https://ccpe.nebraska.gov

Physical Address
140 N. 8th Street, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education (Pending)

8778 S. Maryland Pkwy, Ste 115
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 486-7330
http://cpe.nv.gov/

New Hampshire Department of Education (Exempt)

101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-0257
https://www.education.nh.gov/

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education (Exempt)

20 West State Street
P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542
(609) 292-7225
https://www.aacc.nche.edu/college/new-jersey-commission-of-higher-education/

New Mexico Higher Education Department (Pending)

2044 Galisteo Street, #4
Santa Fe, NM 87505
https://ppsd.smapply.io/

New York Office of College and University Evaluation (Approved)

89 Washing Avenue, Room 960
Education Building Annex
Albany, New York 12234
(518) 474-1551
http://www.nysed.gov/college-university-evaluation

Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina (In Progress)

910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
(919) 962-4558
https://www.northcarolina.edu/offices-and-services/academic-affairs/licensure-department/

North Dakota University System (Pending)

2000 44th Street, SW, Suite 301
Fargo, ND 58103
https://ndus.edu

Ohio Board of Regents (Pending)

25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-6000
https://www.ohiohighered.org/

Oklahoma Regents of Higher Education (Pending)

655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 225-9100
https://www.okhighered.org/

Oregon Office of Degree Authorization (Pending Approval)

1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
(503) 373-0003
https://www.oregon.gov/highered/institutions-programs/private/Pages/office-degree-authorization.aspx

Pennsylvania Department of Education (Approved)

333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
(717) 783-6788
https://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (Pending)

560 Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 100
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 736-1100
https://www.riopc.edu/

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (Exempt)

1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 737-3476
https://www.che.sc.gov/

South Dakota Secretary of State (Exempt)

500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3537
https://sdsos.gov

Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Exempt)

404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-5293
https://www.tn.gov/thec.html

Any authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

Tennessee Residents: Any grievances not resolved on the institutional level may be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830, (615) 741-5293.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Pending)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 427-6223

Delivery Address:
1200 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752

http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/

Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges (Pending)

101 E. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78778-0001
(512) 463-2222
https://twc.texas.gov/

Utah Division of Consumer Protection (Pending)

160 East 300 South, Second Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
(801) 530-6601
https://consumerprotection.utah.gov/

Vermont Agency of Education (Exempt)

219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-1030
https://education.vermont.gov/

Virginia State Council of Higher Education (Pending)

James Moore Building
101 N 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-2600
https://www.schev.edu/

Washington Student Achievement Council (Pending)

917 Lakeridge Way, SW
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
(306) 753-7800
https://www.wsac.wa.gov/

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (In-Progress)

1018 Kanawha Blvd E., Ste 700
Charleston, WV 25301-2800
(304) 558-2101
http://www.wvhepc.edu/

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board (Pending)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8366
Madison, WI 53708-8366
(608) 266-1996

Delivery Address:
431 Charmany Dr, #102
Madison, WI 53719

https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/programs/educationalapproval/default.aspx

Wyoming Department of Education (Pending)

2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050
(307) 777-7690
https://edu.wyoming.gov/