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State Authorization

The American Public University System is authorized to operate as an institution of higher education by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). APUS is also permitted to operate as an out-of-state institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). These are the states in which the University System maintains a physical presence and conducts its academic and service operations. Additionally, the American Public University System is engaged in a continuous process to certify that it is recognized as an accredited institution of higher learning by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In this regard, the University is committed to ensuring that its academic programs, business practices, and operational activities remain in compliance with applicable regulations specific to each jurisdiction.

We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. West Virginia is a member of SARA and APUS is an approved SARA institution. Participation in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. For more information about SARA, please visit http://www.nc-sara.org/.

State-specific Details

The American Public University System is approved to operate in most U.S. states, either through licensure, registration, or exemption. Some states require that the university post approval-related statements on the APUS website, and some states list “approved” institutions on their websites.

Alabama: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Alabama regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) requires the inclusion of the following disclaimers: TEACHER EDUCATION: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.aldse.edu NURSING: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov

Alaska: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Alaska regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Arizona: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Arizona regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Arkansas: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Arkansas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. Arkansas students will be expected to take 35 hours of general education coursework that meets the Arkansas general education requirements including 8 hours of science and one course in U.S. History OR one course in Government.

California: The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulates through licensure all private colleges and universities that are not formally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. APUS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), therefore the university is not required to be licensed by the Bureau.

Colorado: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Colorado regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Connecticut: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Connecticut regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Delaware: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Delaware regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Florida: APUS is exempt from licensure since it does not maintain physical facilities or offer instructional programs on the ground within the state.

Georgia: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Georgia regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.
Note to Georgia Students: All academic appeals will be handled in accordance with the normal University hearing process. Grievances that are not resolved through normal, APUS administrative processes should be referred to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Students may contact the Commission at 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084; (770) 414-3300 (www.gnpec.org).

Hawaii: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Hawaii regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Idaho: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Idaho regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Illinois: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Illinois regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Indiana: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Indiana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Iowa: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Iowa regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. Note to Students: A student seeking an Iowa educator license is advised that successful completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation does not qualify you for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state in which preparation was completed. This institution shall assist a candidate in contacting the appropriate licensing board in the state in which the candidate’s preparation was completed. This institution shall assist the candidate in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate’s completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation. A candidate seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board (515/281-5849; http://www.boee.iowa.gov/ for licensure requirements in Iowa).

Kansas: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Kansas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Kentucky:As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Kentucky regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Louisiana: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Louisiana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Maine: APUS is exempt from licensure since it does not maintain physical facilities or offer instructional programs on the ground within the state.

Maryland: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Maryland regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Massachusetts: APUS is exempt from licensure since it does not maintain physical facilities or offer instructional programs on the ground within the state Massachusetts' residents should review the disclosure made pursuant to 940 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 31 et. seq prior to enrolling in American Public University System.

Michigan: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Michigan regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Minnesota: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Minnesota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Mississippi: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Mississippi regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Missouri: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Missouri regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Montana: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Montana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Nebraska: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Nebraska regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Nevada: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Nevada regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New Hampshire: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with New Hampshire regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New Jersey: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with New Jersey regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New Mexico: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with New Mexico regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New York: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with New York regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

North Carolina: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with North Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

North Dakota: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with North Dakota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Ohio: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Ohio regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Oklahoma: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Oklahoma regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Oregon: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Oregon regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Pennsylvania: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Pennsylvania regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. 

Note to Pennsylvania students: Teacher education programs, have not been reviewed or approved by Pennsylvania, and candidates will have to apply for certification and meet requirements for certification as out-of-state candidates.

Rhode Island: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Rhode Island regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

South Carolina: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with South Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

South Dakota: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with South Dakota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Tennessee: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Tennessee regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Texas: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Texas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Utah: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Utah regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Vermont: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Vermont regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Virginia: The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has certified the school to operate in Virginia.
Note to Virginia students: Students have the right to file a grievance with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). A representative from SCHEV can be reached at the following: 101 N. 14th Street, James Monroe Building, Richmond, VA 23219; telephone (804) 225-2600. Students will not be subjected to adverse actions by any school officials as a result of initiating a complaint.
NOTE to VIRGINIA RESIDENTS: State regulations require that all students who reside in Virginia complete a minimum of 30% of their course work at the University in order to be granted a degree from the University. Any questions about this requirement should be directed to studentservices@apus.edu.

Washington: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Washington regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. Washington State residents and RN license holders: The R.N. to B.S. in Nursing program is not currently open for admission to Washington State Residents and RN license holders.

West Virginia: The University has received Category II status from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, which represents the final step in achieving full authorization to operate in the state.

Student Complaints: The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission encourages students to seek first informal resolution of any concern or issue. If the issue cannot be resolved informally, the student should follow the institution’s formal complaint or grievance procedure. If, after exhausting the institution’s internal grievance procedures, the institution has not responded to the student’s satisfaction or a satisfactory remedy has not been found, the student may contact the Commission for further investigation into the issue. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Commission may conduct an investigation or refer the issue to another agency that is authorized to address the issue. The Commission may contact institution officials to discuss a possible resolution. Instructions for filing a complaint with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission can be found at http://www.wvhepc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Student-Complaint-Process-revised.pdf.

Wisconsin: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Wisconsin regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Wyoming: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Wyoming regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

The District of Columbia: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with the District of Columbia regulations to offer programs to residents of the District.

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Missy Thompson

Director, State Regulatory Relations
For questions regarding approvals, certifications, and other statutory relations with various state regulatory agencies please contact:

 

304.724.0918

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