​​​​​​​​ALABAMA
Alabama Community College System (formerly Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education)
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Approval Process for New Private Institution

ALASKA
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Home Page
Application Information Page

ARIZONA
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
Home Page
Institution Regulation and Application Page

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Division of Higher Education
Home Page
Institution Regulation and Application Page

CALIFORNIA
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
Home Page
New School Application

COLORADO
Colorado Department of Higher Education
Home Page
Degree Authorization Page
Division of Private Occupational Schools

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Office of Higher Education
Home Page
New Degree School Application
New Career School Application

DELAWARE
Delaware Department of Education, Higher Education Office
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Higher Education Licensure Commission
Home page
New Institution Application

FLORIDA
Commission for Independent Education
Home page
New Institution Application


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GEORGIA
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
Home page
New Institution Application

HAWAII
Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP)
Home page
New Institution Application​


IDAHO
Idaho State Board of Education
Home page
New Degree Institution Application
New Career School Application

ILLINOIS
Illinois Board of Higher Education
Home page
New Degree Institution Application
New Career School Application

INDIANA
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
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New Institution Application

IOWA
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
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New Institution Application

KANSAS
Kansas Board of Regents
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New Institution Application

KENTUCKY
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
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New Institution Application

LOUISIANA
Louisiana Board of Regents
Home Page
New Institution Application

MAINE
Maine Department of Education
Home Page
New Degree Institution Application

MARYLAND
Maryland Higher Education Commission
Home Page
New Institution Application

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Home Page
New Institution Application

MICHIGAN
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO)/ Employment & Training
Home Page

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Office of Higher Education​
Home Page
New Degree Institution Application
New Career School Application

MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
Home Page
New Institution Application

MISSOURI
Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
Home Page
New Institution Application

MONTANA
Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
Home Page
New Institution Application

NEBRASKA
Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Home Page
New Institution Application

NEVADA
Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
Home Page
New Institution Application

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Educator Support and Higher Education
Home Page
New Institution Application

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
Home Page
New Institution Application

NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Higher Education Department
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NEW YORK
New York State Education Department
Home Page
New Degree Institution Application
New Career School Application

NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina Licensure and State Information
Home Page
New Institution Application

NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota University System
Home Page
New Institution Application

OHIO
Ohio Department of Higher Education
Home Page

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Home Page
New Career School Application

OREGON
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Home Page
New Institution Application

PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Division of Higher Education, Access, and Equity
Home Page
New Institution Approval

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico State Department- Board of Postsecondary Institutions
Home Page

New Institution Application

RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
Home Page
New Institution Application

SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
Home Page
New Institution Application

SOUTH DAKOTA
South Dakota Secretary of State
Home Page
New Institution Application

TENNESSEE
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Home Page
New Institution Application

TEXAS
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Home Page
New Institution Application

UTAH
Utah Division of Consumer Protection
Home Page
New Institution Application

VERMONT
Vermont Agency of Education
Home Page
New Institution Application

VIRGINIA
Virginia State Council of Higher Education
Home Page
New Institution Application

WASHINGTON
Washington Student Achievement Council
Home Page
New Institution Application

WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Home Page
New Institution Application

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Educational Approval Program
Home Page
New Institution Application

WYOMING
Wyoming Department of Education
Home Page
New Institution Application


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This page includes a list of the state approval agencies for career schools and colleges assigned to each of the 50 US states and links to their websites. These agencies oversee higher education institutions such as universities, colleges, vocational schools, trade schools, and career schools. These institutions award degrees, diplomas, and professional certifications. Included next is a list of the regulatory bodies that oversee them. 


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