State Authorizations and Online Programs

The Higher Education Act of 1965 includes language which stipulates that universities must seek individual state approval prior to offering education to residents of that state, whether online or through local offerings.

Not all states enable their residents to take online programs from universities in other states. In some cases students can enroll in online programs but internships or other residential portions of those programs cannot be within their state of residence.

Ferris State University has already sought and obtained approval from some states and also participates in a state authorization reciprocity agreement.  This allows us to offer our online programs to many students residing outside of Michigan. If you are intending to apply for an online program and live outside of Michigan, you can check on any restrictions on residents from your state or territory by checking the list below:

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Alabama.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Alaska.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • The restrictions placed on students from American Samoa have not yet been determined.  Please contact the online learning office at online@ferris.edu for more information.

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Arizona.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Arkansas.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • Based upon California's regulations, there are currently no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of California.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Colorado.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • Based upon Connecticut's regulations, there are currently no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Connecticut.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Delaware.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of DC.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!
  • Based upon Florida's regulations, there are currently no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Florida.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Georgia.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • The restrictions placed on students from Guam have not yet been determined.  Please contact the online learning office at online@ferirs.edu for more information. 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Hawaii.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Idaho.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Illinois.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Indiana.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Iowa.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Kansas.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • Ferris State may admit residents of this state to our fully online programs.

    If you are interested in a program with an internship/practicum component (Automotive Management, HVACR, Health Information Management, Bachelor of Integrative Studies, or Master of Science in Nursing) that component cannot be completed in this state at this time. Many of our programs have alternatives that are acceptable, so check with your program advisor about other options that may be available. 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Louisiana.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Maine.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Maryland.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • Based upon Massachusetts' regulations, there are currently no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Massachusetts.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Minnesota.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Mississippi.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!  

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Missouri.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!  

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Montana.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Nebraska.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Nevada.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of New Hampshire.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • Based upon New Jersey's regulations, there are currently no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of New Jersey.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of New Mexico.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • Based upon New York's regulations, there are currently no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of New York.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of North Carolina.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

     

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of North Dakota.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • The restrictions placed on students from Northern Marianas islands have not yet been determined.  Please contact the online learning office at online@ferris.edu for more information.

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Ohio.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  •  We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Oklahoma.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Oregon.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have sought and received approval in Pennsylvania for our online programs.  There are no restrictions to admission to online programs for residents of Pennsylvania.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • Unfortunately at this time we are not authorized to offer our online programs to students who will reside in Puerto Rico while taking classes.

    We do continue to work towards authorization in many states. If you have questions or concerns about your state's legislation which is limiting Ferris' ability to provide online programs to its residents, you may want to contact your state legislators or higher education coordinating board. 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Rhode Island.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of South Carolina.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of South Dakota.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Tennessee.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Texas.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • Based upon Utah's regulations, there are currently no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Utah.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog! 

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Vermont.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!  

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Virginia.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!  

  • The restrictions placed on students from the Virgin Islands have not yet been determined.  Please contact the online learning office at online@ferris.edu for more information.

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Washington.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of West Virginia.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • Based upon Wisconsin's regulations, there are currently no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Wisconsin.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!

  • We have a reciprocity agreement in place and there are no restrictions to admission of online programs for residents of Wyoming.  We look forward to having you as a Ferris Bulldog!