State Authorization

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State Authorization for Distance Education Programs and Students

All U.S. states require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction in their states. Many of these state laws and regulations also apply to online, distance, and correspondence educational instruction offered in that state.

As such, Texas A&M University and its online programs must be authorized in certain states prior to offering courses or programs to students residing in those states. The purpose of this policy is to create a Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) process to comply with any state authorization requirements applicable to TAMUS online education programs.

Federal and State Regulations for 'State Authorization' of Distance Education

The State Authorization Regulation Chapter 34, + 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 distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request."

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