State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with a college’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state.  Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010.

HEOA 600.9 (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 [of Education] the State’s approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)

Roanoke-Chowan Community College is currently authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Registration of students from other states in online courses may require additional time and/or fees.

The Student Grievance Contact Information for Individual States provides phone numbers, emails and/or links to state education agencies.

Student Complaint Information by State and Agency

Directory of State Authorization and Lead Contacts