State Authorization for Distance Education


Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and print-based education providers. The related regulations include: 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. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)

What Cal Poly University is Doing

Cal Poly University is working to evaluate and comply with these changes and is in the process of applying for the authorization in several states.

**NOTE Maryland students: Cal Poly is in the process of registering in the State of Maryland.

CSU Student Internal Complaint Process and Contact Info

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education's Program Integrity Rule, each institution of higher education is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information for the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state. Students are encouraged to utilize California State University's internal complaint or review policies and procedures prior to filing a complaint with a state agency. Click here for a copy of the CSU internal complaints process at Should the student wish to file a complaint in their home state please select the state contact from the Consumer Protection State Contacts list to file a complaint directly in their state.