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State Authorization


The University of Wyoming continues its efforts to comply with state authorization regulations by the U.S. Department of Education.

On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released new “program integrity” regulations.  One of the regulations focused on the need for institutions offering distance or correspondence education to acquire authorization from any state in which it "operates.”  This authorization is required to maintain eligibility for students of that state to receive federal financial aid. Institutions have until July 1, 2014, to have obtained the appropriate approvals. Meanwhile, institutions are required to demonstrate a 'good faith' effort to comply in each state in which it serves students.

The implementation of the Higher Education Act and current state authorization regulations has affected the admission of out-of-state students in the University of Wyoming’s distance education programs.  At this time, the University of Wyoming will not be admitting distance education students from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon. Land Surveying Certificate courses have been approved for Iowa and Kansas residents.  We have adopted this policy to comply with regulations in these states.

Students cannot complete a clinical or internship in:
Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana (after December 2014), North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington.

Current students from these states will be allowed to complete their program.

Additional information about State Authorization will be posted as it becomes available.

Student Complaint Process

  • Click HERE for information regarding the Student Complaint Process for Institutions of Higher Education operating in Wyoming. For additional information or questions, please contact the Division of Student Affairs.
  • The University of Wyoming strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available. However, if a conflict does arise, our efforts are meant to resolve your grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. If an issue cannot be resolved by the University’s internal processes, you may choose to file a complaint with your state of residence as found in the following contact information, , updated regularly by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Organization (SHEEO).
  • The University of Wyoming is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Complaints concerning broad institutional academic practices, such as those that raise issues regarding UW’s ability to meet accreditation standards, may be filed with the Higher Learning Commission.

  • If you are a member of the Military or a military spouse, please go to the Military OneSource Postsecondary Education Complaint System.

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