Starting up a school requires approval from the state the school is located:
Starting up a school requires approval from the state the school is located:
Alabama The State Board of Education is the State Board for Vocational Education.
Alaska The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education has licensure and approval authority for all institutions of postsecondary education including for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools.
Arizona The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education has authority over for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools, private degree-granting institutions and other vocational-technical and proprietary schools.
Arkansas Out-of-state and proprietary institutions must be certified by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board in order to offer degrees and college-credit courses. The State Board of Private Career Education has approval and licensing authority for vocational and technical programs that do not grant degrees or offer college-level courses.
California The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has approval and licensing authority for both degree-granting and nondegree-granting postsecondary programs, schools, colleges and universities within the state that are unaccredited including for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools.
Delaware The State Board of Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education.All less-than-baccalaureate occupational education programs are supervised by the postsecondary governing boards, and no such programs appear to be under the State Board of Education. To the extent that any of the less-than-baccalaureate programs are offered by institutions designated as area vocational schools, these institutions are under the supervision of the state board and responsibility is divided between the postsecondary governing boards and the state board.
Colorado The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education is the State Board of Education.
Connecticut The State Board of Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education.
District of Columbia The D.C. State Board of Education serves as the District's Board of Vocational Education, with the D.C. Advisory Council on Adult Education and Literacy acting in an advisory capacity.
Georgia The Non-Public Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) has approval and licensing authority for consumer protection by regulating the operations of private degree-granting institutions, postsecondary vocation-technical programs and proprietary schools. NPEC also provides authorization for certificate-granting proprietary schools.
Hawaii Approval authority for propriety vocational and technical schools lies with the State of Hawaii Department of Education. Regarding private degree-granting institutions, Hawaii has statutory requirements relating to disclosure and prohibited practice, but not an approval/licensing law.
Idaho The State Department of Education under the Board of Education functions as the licensing and approval agency for proprietary schools including for-profit/proprietary vocational technical schools. No approval agency exists for private degree-granting institutions. The Board of Education has statutory authority to maintain a register of courses and programs offered in Idaho by non Idaho postsecondary institutions.
Illinois The Illinois Board of Higher Education has authority to approve operating and degree-granting authority for private institutions.
Indiana The Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education functions as the statutory licensing and approval authority for proprietary institutions.
Iowa The Iowa Department of Education has approval and licensing authority for for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools. The State Board of Education has been designated as the official approval agency for 2-year public postsecondary vocational-technical programs by the Office of Education. No approval and licensing agency exists for private degree-granting institutions.
Kansas The State Department of Education has approval authority over all vocational-technical and proprietary institutions in the state. The Board of Regents has licensure authority over new in-state degree-granting institutions and registers out-of-state institutions offering courses in Kansas.
Missouri The Department of Higher Education issues certificates authorizing postsecondary proprietary institutions to operate within the state that generally do not involve professional licensure of graduates by the state's Professional Registration Division of the Department of Economic Development. The Coordinating Board for Higher Education has approval and licensing authority for for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools. The Board of Cosmetology licenses cosmetologists and schools of cosmetology. The Board of Nursing licenses schools of nursing. The Department of Higher Education also certifies out-of-state institutions that have operations in the state of Missouri. Various types of institutions are exempted from this statutory requirement, such as religious schools that offer programs limited to members of specific denominations or religious organizations.
Montana Degree-granting institutions must get the Board of Regents' approval or be accredited by 1 of 6 agencies recognized by the Board of Regents. There is no state agency in Montana that regulates, licenses or oversees proprietary schools.
Nebraska The State Board of Education has licensing and approval authority for the majority of proprietary institutions including for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools. The Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education approves new two- and four-year colleges and universities, in addition to out-of-state institutions operating within the state. The Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education has authority to approve the establishment of private degree-granting institutions.
Nevada The Commission on Postsecondary Education serves as the approval and licensing authority for private degree-granting, for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical and proprietary institutions.
New Hampshire The Postsecondary Education Commission has approval and licensing authority for private and public degree-granting institutions.
New Jersey Any institution (in- or out-of-state; public, independent, or proprietary) seeking to offer college credit-bearing coursework in New Jersey must be licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. The State Department of Education is the approval authority for vocational-technical schools and noncollegiate proprietary schools.
New Mexico The Commission on Higher Education has authority to approve and license private degree-granting institutions and certain proprietary (career) schools operating in the state, including for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical education. Regionally accredited institutions chartered in other states and operating branches or otherwise offering instruction within the state are exempt from regulation. Career schools that offer training in regulated occupations are subject to the approval of their corresponding occupational licensing boards rather than the commission.
New York The Regents of the University of the State of New York act as the agency for approval of all education institutions in the state.
North Carolina The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina functions as the agency for licensing all baccalaureate degree-granting institutions that have a physical presence in the state, including proprietary institutions.
Tennessee The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has approval and licensing authority of all postsecondary institutions operating in Tennessee. Institutions are authorized under the standards established by the Postsecondary Institutional Authorization Act of 1975 and must submit annual requests for reauthorization. The scope of the Commission includes both institutions based primarily in Tennessee, as well as out-of-state institutions offering programs or courses in the state.
Texas The Texas Workforce Commission is the licensing authority for proprietary institutions, including for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools. The coordinating board approves associate of applied science and associate of applied arts degree programs offered at public and proprietary institutions.
Utah The State Board of Regents has approval authority for all degree programs offered in the 10 public institutions. No approval and licensing agency exists for private degree-granting and proprietary schools. Nonaccredited proprietary schools are required to register with the Board of Regents.
Vermont The State Board of Education serves as the licensing and approval authority for private institutions and also authorizes the granting of degrees. There is no approval authority for private vocational-technical institutions that do not grant degrees. The State Department of Education assists the Veterans Administration in approving programs for veterans' education.
Virginia The State Council of Higher Education serves as the licensing and approval agency for private degree-granting institutions and for out-of-state institutions, which operate in Virginia. The State Department of Education serves as the approval authority for vocational-technical and proprietary institutions, which do not offer degrees.
Washington The Higher Education Coordinating Board administers the regulations implementing the Educational Services Registration Act for all degree-granting institutions. Private vocational schools are registered by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.
West Virginia The West Virginia Education Policy Commission has licensing and approval authority for all private degree-granting institutions and for all for-profit proprietary schools or for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools.
Wisconsin Wisconsin does not have a designated approval and licensing authority for private degree-granting institutions. The Educational Approval Board serves as the licensing and approval agency for proprietary schools in the state, including for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools, and the Wisconsin Technical College System Board has approval authority for technical colleges. The Educational Approval Board is attached to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board for administrative purposes.
Wyoming The Wyoming Department of Education serves as the licensing and approval authority for proprietary institutions and proprietary vocational-technical schools.
Puerto Rico The Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education (PRCHE) is the licensing and program approval authority for all public and private higher education institutions