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State Authorization for Distance Education

The U.S. Department of Education has released amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 that may impact online, distance, and print-based education providers. §600.9(c) State authorization states:

If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State’s approval upon request.

What is California University of Pennsylvania doing?

Working with the other PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools, California University of PA is developing a strategy for applying for the necessary authorizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Specific information on each state will be published here as it becomes available. To that end, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Tracking prospective and current students’ programs, internships, practica, and state of residence. Prospective Global Online students residing in some states may be ineligible to apply for our programs if we are not authorized to operate in their state.
  2. Monitoring marketing and recruiting efforts for our Global Online programs. Many states require additional authorization paperwork or fees for distance education programs that market directly to students in their state.
  3. Monitoring faculty hires. In some states where California University is not authorized to operate, the state does not allow California University to have any employees who live in their state to teach on behalf of the University.
  4. Working to achieve authorization for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Our goal is to become authorized in every state, and we are making every effort to do so. While the Department of Education has pushed the deadline for compliance back and a new deadline date has not yet been announced, we are still taking the proactive approach in this effort.

California University of PA is currently authorized or exempt from authorization in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

California University of PA is currently in the process of seeking authorization in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

If you are interested in a Global Online program at California University of PA and your state is not listed as authorized or exempt, please contact Pamela Murphy, Director of Regulatory Compliance ( for an update, or check back on this page. It will be continually updated as we work through the process with all of the states and territories.

Prospective Students Please Note: If you are considering a Global Online program that will lead to a professional license in your home state, it is highly recommended that you seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning a California University of PA program.

Current Students: Please see the Global Online complaint page for more information about the complaint process.

More Information: Please contact for more information or check back on this page for updates. 

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