Enrollment Management Services

Status of State Authorizations for Distance Education

Map of USA demonstrating states that are authorized for distance educationState and federal laws require colleges and universities to obtain authorization for distance education instruction or programs provided in states other than their own. CSU, Chico is currently authorized to offer online instruction or degree programs to students residing in a majority of states, but not all (please click on the U.S. map on the right  or refer to the table below). 

The current authorization status for each state in relation to offering online programs and courses in other states is as of April 2018. If authorization or licensure becomes necessary in states where licensure has not been required or exemption requirements change, CSU, Chico will seek the required approvals and update this information accordingly.

Important Notes for Prospective Students:

Program availability varies by state. If CSU, Chico cannot currently provide distance education in your state, please check back each semester as the information listed below may change.

Admission is granted at the time of initial acceptance into a program and is dependent on program availability in a state where the applicant resides at the time of admission. If a student moves to a state other than the state where the applicant resided when accepted into the program, continuation in the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state of residence. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify the institution of a change in residence (new state).

For students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning an academic program located outside your state.

Status of State Authorizations for Distance Education

AUTHORIZED

ARIZONAKENTUCKYNEW JERSEYTENNESSEE
COLORADOMAINENEW YORKTEXAS
CONNECTICUTMASSACHUSETTSOHIOVERMONT
FLORIDAMONTANAOKLAHOMAVIRGINIA
HAWAIINEBRASKAPENNSYLVANIAWASHINGTON
IDAHONEVADARHODE ISLANDWEST VIRGINIA
ILLINOISNEW HAMPSHIRESOUTH CAROLINAWISCONSIN
KANSASNEW MEXICOSOUTH DAKOTA 

SEEKING AUTHORIZATION

MISSISSIPPI

NOT SEEKING AUTHORIZATION

ALABAMAGEORGIAMICHIGANNORTH DAKOTA
ALASKAINDIANAMINNESOTAOREGON
ARKANSASIOWAMISSOURIUTAH
D.C.LOUISIANANORTH CAROLINAWYOMING
DELAWAREMARYLAND

Complaint Process

State Consumer Protection laws require the University to provide online and distance education students the state agency address where students can file a complaint with their state agency responsible for distance education. Go to CSU Student Internal Complaint Process(opens in new window) for additional information.

Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations

CSU, Chico is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)(opens in new window), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally-recognized body provides assurance to students, parents, and all stakeholders that CSU, Chico meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance.