State Authorization

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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 regarding State Authorization?

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.
  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 all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. 
  4. Working to achieve authorization for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.
  5. Our ultimate 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.

For the most up-to-date information on California University of Pennsylvania's state authorization status and individual state requirements, please click to see the State Authorization web page.

Complaint Process

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

Questions may be directed to Pamela Murphy, Director of Regulatory Compliance, at 724-938-5430 or