State Authorization of Distance Education

States have varying rules, requirements and regulations that govern online (distance) education offered by out-of-state postsecondary institutions. These rules require higher education institutions that offer distance education to state residents to obtain exemption, approval, authorization or other certification from the relevant state agencies. Many of these regulations also apply to field experiences (e.g., internships, practicums, clinicals, etc.) in the state.

National University researches and monitors state authorization requirements in each state and continues to make good faith efforts to secure the appropriate authorization and/or licensure to offer online programs in each state in which it enrolls students. Prospective and current students should check this website for continual updates on National University’s state authorization statuses. For states with an approved status, please be aware that individual programs may not be approved or may be pending approval by a state authority and cannot be offered to students residing in that state.


Students who relocate while enrolled may be unable to complete their studies if they are moving to a country or state where the University is not currently authorized to offer that particular program. Prospective students should contact their Admissions Advisor to discuss how relocation could alter their eligibility, while current students should contact their Academic Advisor if they are considering relocating during their course of study.

Since the University must be authorized/approved to offer programs in each state, there may be consequences for applicants and students who relocate to a state or country where the institution does not meet state requirements or has yet to be approved. There are also program limitations even in states where the university is authorized/approved; for states with an authorized/approved status, applicants/students may not be able to apply, continue, or change to a particular program, as not all programs may be approved by a state licensing authority. In these cases, these programs cannot be offered to students residing in that state.

Professional Licensure/Certification

Some programs offered at National University may not provide all the educational requirements necessary for professional licensure or certification in a student’s state or country. Students considering an online program that leads to a professional license in a state are highly encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing agency and organization(s) in that state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning the program; and students should also continually monitor changes throughout the program as licensure requirements may change over time.

Status Current as of February 13, 2019

Alabama Commission on Higher Education (Approved)

100 North Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-1998

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (Exempt)

PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505
(907) 465-6741

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (Exempt)

1400 West Washington Street, Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-5709

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Approved)

423 Main Street, Suite 400
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 371-2000

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Coe §6-61-301. The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (Exempt)

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95798
(916) 431-6959

Colorado Commission on Higher Education (Exempt)

1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 866-2723

Connecticut Office of Higher Education (exempt)

450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, Connecticut
(860) 947-1822

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (Not Initiated)

810 1st Street NE, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 727-6436

Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education (Exempt)

325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-3200

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (In Progress)

2082 E. Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, GA 30084-4113
(770) 414-3300

Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program (Approved)

P.O. Box 541
Honolulu, HI 96809
(808) 586-7327

Idaho State Board of Education (Exempt)

650 W. State Street, 3rd Floor
Boise, ID 83720-0037
(208) 334-2270

Illinois Board of Higher Education (Exempt)

431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 782-2551

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (Approved)

1024 Capital Center Drive, Ste. 320
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 573-1555

Louisiana Board of Regents (Approved)

1201 N. Third Street, Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-4253

Maine Department of Education (Not Initiated)

23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-6600

Maryland Higher Education Commission (In Progress)

6 N. Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-3301

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (Not Initiated)

One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 994-6950

Minnesota Office of Higher Education (Registered)

1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
(651) 642-0567

National University is registered as a Private Institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credit earned at institution may not transfer to all other institution.

HIS 233 and HIS 234 courses are not recognized as humanities classes in Minnesota. Minnesota residents must be required to complete other humanities classes to satisfy the Minnesota Degree Standards.

ILR 260 is not recognized as an English or communication class in Minnesota. Minnesota residents must be required to complete other English or communication class to satisfy the Minnesota Degree Standards.

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (Not Initiated)

3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 432-6372

Montana Board of Regents (Exempt)

2500 Broadway St.
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-6570

Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (Exempt)

140 N 8th St # 300
Lincoln, NE 68508-1359
(402) 471-2847

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education (Approved)

8778 S. Maryland Pkwy, Ste 115
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 486-7330

New Hampshire Department of Education, Higher Education Commission (Not Initiated)

101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-0257

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education (Not Initiated)

20 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 292-4310

New York State Education Department Office of College and University Evaluation (Not Initiated)

89 Washington Avenue, Room 969EBA
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-1551

North Carolina Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina (In Review)

120 Penmarc Drive, Suite 103
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 733-7535

North Dakota University System (Not Initiated)

600 E. Blvd. Ave. Dept 215
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 328-2960

Ohio Board of Regents (Not Initiated)

25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-6000

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools (Not Initiated)

30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-2752

Oregon Office of Degree Authorization (Approved only for the NU NBCT program)

1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
(503) 373-0003

Pennsylvania Department of Education (Not Initiated)

333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
(717) 783-6788

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (Not Initiated)

1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 737-2281

South Dakota Secretary of State (Exempt)

500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3537

Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Not Initiated)

404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-3605

National University is not yet authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Any authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

Tennessee Residents: Any grievances not resolved on the institutional level may be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830, (615) 741-5293.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Approved)

1200 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 427-6101

National University has permission to operate in the state of Texas, and has been regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission since 1977. The Texas State Board of Accountancy’s new regulations preclude National University graduates from being qualified applicants for the CPA exam in Texas.

Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges (Approved)

Room 226T
101 East 15th Street
Austin, TX 78778-0001
(512) 936-3100

Utah Division of Consumer Protection (Not Initiated)

160 East 300 South, Second Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
(801) 530-6601

Vermont Agency of Education (Not Initiated)

219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-1030

Virginia State Council of Higher Education (In Progress)

James Monroe Building
101 North Fourteenth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-2600

Washington Student Achievement Council (Under Review/Pending Approval)

917 Lakeridge Way, SW
Olympia, WA 98504-3430

National University is pending approval from the Washington Student Achievement Council and seeks to meet the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. Any authorization is subject to periodic review and the Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Not Initiated)

1018 Kanawha Blvd E., Ste 700
Charleston, WV 25301-2800
(304) 558-2101

Wyoming Department of Education (Not Initiated)

2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050
(307) 777-7690

Status Key

Authorized The University has secured authorization to offer online programs.
Exempt The University is exempt from securing authorization to offer online programs
Not Listed The University is not authorized or exempt.
Not Initiated The University has not yet initiated an application for authorization or exemption.
Pending Approval The state agency is in the process of reviewing authorization or exemption.


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 online (distance) learning within that state.

If a prospective or current student has a complaint, we encourage you to resolve them informally or formally through Student Services before submitting a complaint to an external entity. Please contact our Student Concierge Services at 1-866-NU-ACCESS (1-866-682-2237) or email with any concerns or questions.

Should a student wish to file a complaint in their home state, please select the state contact on the State Complaint webpage.