State Authorization Compliance


State authorization is a legal issue regarding an educational institution’s adherence to the requirements necessary to secure authorization to offer instruction and other educational endeavors outside of their home state. Every state has the authority to regulate which postsecondary institutions offer education within its boundaries, including online programs and courses. State authorization compliance is a federal regulatory program (Higher Education Act of 2008, Amended 2010) that requires all institutions of higher education, as a condition of receiving funding for federal financial aid, to be authorized in and by each state in which they offer educational activities. The need to seek state authorization for educational activities depends on a combination of each state’s laws and the activities that a course, program or institution is conducting in that state. Educational activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advertising
  • Clinical Placements
  • Distance Education Programs
  • Externships
  • Faculty Residing Outside North Carolina
  • Internships
  • Marketing
  • Non-Classroom Experiences
  • Online Degrees & Courses
  • Practica
  • Proctoring
  • Professional Licensure
  • Recruiting

For More Information:

Trina Gregory, University Program Specialist
Distance Education
Elizabeth City State University 
Campus Box 924
1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Toll-Free: (877) 432-7662 
Fax: 252-335-3426