State authorization is a longstanding requirement in the Higher Education Act of 1965
that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which they are located
as a condition for eligibility to receive Title IV Federal Student Aid. While all
higher education institutions must have state authorization in the states in which
they are physically located, there are no federal requirements for distance education
providers in states where the institutions are not located.
States expect institutions to obtain approval for regulated activities that occur
in their State. These activities may include; online learning, experiential learning,
faculty teaching from another state, marketing, advertising, and more.
Institutions must also be aware of additional State Agencies in other States that
may wish to have oversight of the institution’s activities and programs such as State
professional boards (e.g. nursing, teaching, etc.) as well as the Secretary of State
Office and State Department of Labor. Requirements will vary from State to State.
Institutions must now provide Licensure and Certification information to all students
interested in programs with these requirements for employment after graduation.
Higher Education Act of 1965
Information for programs that have licensure or certification examinations/requirements
Student complaint info for institutional, academic, employment, or student life complaints
The University of Wyoming main consumer information website
Information about Institutional and Program accreditations