Ferris Online
Understanding State Authorization

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.

Each state has specific requirements which must be met to allow universities from other states to provide education to their residents.  These requirements are not necessarily specific to online education, but may also impact our activities supporting our programs located in Michigan.  Some common 'triggers' that states look at to determine if a school should be going through an approval process include:

- Advertising and marketing targeting that state's residents

- Recruiters spending significant time recruiting students in that state

- Faculty who live in that state teaching in our programs

- Staff who live in that state and are supporting our students

- Use of dedicated computer equipment (servers, etc) or physical facilities in that state to provide education and student services

- Students completing internships within their state

- Online classes and programs offered to students in that state

In many cases online education is allowed, as long as there are no internship or practicums within that state.  In other cases we must first go through the approval process, which may include a lengthy application and fees.

Because each state is different, and the requirements can change at any time, it is best if you contact the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs prior to recruiting or admitting students in any online program.