What is State Authorization?

“On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released new program integrity regulations. One of which requires that institutions comply with any applicable state approval or licensure requirements in each state to which distance education instruction is delivered.”

(§ 600.9(c) of the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘state compliance’ regulation

(c) 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.

What This Means

Before accepting enrollments for online and correspondence courses from students residing outside of Texas who are not planning on relocating to Texas, Texas Christian University must be in compliance with the distance learning regulations of the states in which students reside.