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State Authorization

On Oct. 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) published final regulations addressing program integrity and student aid programs. The regulations created rules and definitions covering a wide range of issues affecting colleges and universities as well as state higher education agencies. Most notably, a state authorization regulation, which is detailed in 600.9 of Title 34, U.S. Code, was established to strengthen consumer protection and increase institutional accountability. As a result of this regulation, to maintain eligibility to award federal financial aid, a higher education institution must obtain authorization in each state in which it establishes a physical presence.

To ensure students attending private degree-granting institutions and out-of-state public degree-granting institutions in Oklahoma do not unnecessarily lose their federal financial aid, Senate Bill 1157 established the statutory basis for a state authorization process in Oklahoma. As a result of this legislation, private and out-of-state public degree-granting institutions that establish a physical presence in Oklahoma are required to:

To obtain authorization, institutions must submit a completed application and supplemental material. Review the OSRHE Institutional Accreditation and State Authorization policy (PDF, 108k). For more information and/or to receive a link to the application survey, contact:

Elizabeth Walker
Coordinator for Academic Administration
lwalker@osrhe.edu
405.225.9154