Here is a list of the basic requirements:
Additional application requirements that may apply depending on the type of institution:
We are CIE consultants who assist new owners open a school or college in Florida. On this page, we are presenting the most common questions regarding the new institution application process with the Florida Department of Education. We have organized the information in four sections for easy review:
Institutions planning to offer their programs online or on a hybrid modality are required to present documentation to prove the following have been implemented: a learning management system (LMS), a student information system (SIS), student online access to their records, online library resources, distance education policies, data security policies in compliance with FERPA, as well as the admissions process to confirm English proficiency for international students.
At the bottom of CIE's New Institution Application page, you will find tutorials on how to complete several of the application documents. We recommend watching the webcast of the commission meetings, especially the portion of the agenda when new school applications are presented for provisional approval.
Once the application is submitted, the process could take between six months to a year, depending on the experience of the applicant with the elements required by the commission, and the understanding of the Florida Statues Rules and Law.
Visit How to Complete CIE New Institution Application for a guide and tips on each one of the elements of the application. We recommend completing the steps listed below under Item 12 - Before you apply: do your homework.
Owning a school is a wonderful experience, as long as you enjoy being an educator or providing the means by which others get to improve themselves. Owning a school is hard work and requires a substantial monetary investment. The first years are the hardest since you are competing with institutions that provide federal financial aid to their students. However, the day your programs become eligible for financial aid all the work you have put forth will start to pay off. A well-administered school has a considerable sale value, so in the end, it always proves to be a wise investment for those who dedicate themselves to it fully.
Application fees vary depending on the type of school and expected enrollments for the first 12 months. Complete CIE's Application Fee Form with your school’s estimated data to calculate. The student protection fund fee is $ 500, and the criminal justice fee is $50 per owner and school director. In addition, you will have the CPA fees for preparing the school financials, owner financials (one per owner), projected budget, and proforma balance sheet.
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9 - Which Florida boards require additional program approvals?
10 - What is the role of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)?
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The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is the agency charged with licensing and regulating businesses and professionals in the State of Florida, such as cosmetologists, veterinarians, real estate agents, and pari-mutuel wagering facilities. Even when your institution will not need their approval, your students may require to apply for a license and take an examination. It is very important schools observe their regulations and prepare their students in order to become proficient in their field of study. Visit DBPR list of regulatory boards.
If graduates of your programs will require a state license, confirm with the corresponding board their requirements for curriculum and approvals. Visit The Florida Department of Health Boards and Councils page for their home pages.
Included next is a list of commonly offered programs that require board approval. CIE will not issue the school's provisional license until such approvals are secured.
Here are the links to each board's home page:
11 - Should I become a school owner?
12 - Before you apply: Do your homework
The following documents and forms are required along with CIE's New Institution Applications:
Copies of the following:
Prepared for the application:
Additional documents may be required such as externship agreements and contracts for online delivery services depending on the scope of the institution and programs to be offered.
1 - How do I apply for the initial provisional license?
2 - How long does it take to obtain a school license in Florida?
3 - What are the requirements to apply for a Florida school license?
4 - What is the application process for a school license in Florida?
5 - Which are the documents to be presented with the application?
6 - What is the cost of applying for a school license in Florida?
7 - What are the considerations for institutions planning to offer online programs?
8 - What resources are available to help with the initial provisional application?
We hope the information included on this page has answered your questions regarding opening a Florida institution. Still needing assistance with your school application? We are glad to help! Request a free consultation by calling 786-618-2277, emailing [email protected], or completing the free session request form. We are CIE consultants readily available to assist you with opening a school or college in Florida.