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Distance Education State by State Authorizations

All colleges and universities must obtain authorization from each state to offer online or web-based classes to students who live in that state. The chart below indicates the current states in which Georgia Highlands College (GHC) is authorized. Please check back often, as the chart will be updated on a regular basis.

Students: if you are a current GHC student who lives or has moved to a state other than Georgia or a student living in another state wishing to take online or web-based classes at GHC, please consult this list of states. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact Jeff Linek, the Director of eLearning for Academics at 678-872-8065 or jlinek@highlands.edu for more information.

State Initial Action Initial Response Notes
Alabama Completed 2 of the 3 applications; waiting on #2 to complete #3    
Alaska Received letter requesting new form be completed; completed form and returned it to state Exemption Granted Must recertify prior to February 24, 2016
Arizona Sent Email    
Arkansas Must enter online courses and programs on the Electronic Campus   Holding until Fall 2014
California Sent Email Received reply; not required to seek approval Public institutions are not required to seek approval to operate
Colorado Sent Email    
Connecticut Sent Email Received Email; Letter from 02/2012 still in effect No reg required if no changes fron 02/2012
Delaware Sent Email    
Florida Sent Email    
Georgia Compliant    
Hawaii Sent Email No Authorization Agencies in Hawaii per SHEEO Contact Listing (updated April 2014)  
Idaho Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No annual recerification required unless circumstances change; no PP
Illinois Sent Email Received reply; letter from 2012 still stands If no changes at GHC, there are no requirements to recertify yearly
Indiana     Holding until FY 2015 due to fees
Iowa Sent Email Received "no triggers" reply; and compliance email Faculty is a trigger
Kansas Completed questionnaire online Received email and response through the online system.  Reappy via questionnaire in two years (June 2015)
Kentucky Sent Email Received Email; requested letter; emailed letter No reg required if no PP
Louisiana Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no PP and no clinical or practicum
Maine Sent Email Received reply; compliant No registration required if no PP
Maryland Sent Email Received form; completed form that we have 0 MD students Due to the fee (5x the tuition and fees of a MD student), we will not enroll any MD students in online programs
Massachusetts Sent Email Received email requesting additional info; sent info;  granted exemption due to no PP No reg required if no PP and no advertising
Michigan Sent Email Received reply Public institutions are not required to seek approval to operate
Minnesota     Holding until FY 2015 due to fees
Mississippi Sent Email Received reply; letter from 2012 still stands In compliance
Missouri Sent Email   Holding until FY 2015 due to fees
Montana Sent Email and SACS Info Received Email; Authorized Authorization good as long as GHC maintains accreditation
Nebraska Sent Email Received Email; letters from 2012 and 2013 still stand In compliance
Nevada Mailed Letter and Form    
New Hampshire Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no PP and no clinical or practicum; cannot have faculty in NH
New Jersey Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No PP
New Mexico Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No PP
New York Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no PP
North Carolina Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no PP
North Dakota Must electronically Submit Form, Waiting on Reply with user name and password    
Ohio Sent Email Received Reply; as long as 100% of program is online we are exempt No reg required if no PP (PP=internship, clinicals, etc.)
Oklahoma Sent Email Received Email; Compliant  
Oregon Mailed Letter and Form Received Reply Requesting Additional Information and $250 Due to the complexity of the form, the $250 fee, and the lack of Oregon students, GHC decided not to apply for exemption. Holding until FY2015 due to fees.
Pennsylvania Sent Email, Form, and SACS Information Received Reply Requesting Additional Information Must enter all online courses and programs into online database; will wait until Fall 2014 to enter online courses; already entered BSN
Rhode Island Sent Email Received Reply with RI Regulations; In Compliance No reg required if no PP
South Carolina Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no PP and no "operating or soliciting"
South Dakota Sent Email Received Email requesting application be submitted Submitted application; waiting on response
Tennessee Sent Email Received Reply with TN Regulations; In  Compliance No reg required if no PP and no recruitment
Texas Sent Email    
Utah Utah website shows GHC as exempt Compliant Reg from Fall 2012 is still in effect
Vermont Sent Email    
Virginia Sent Email Received Reply with VA Regulations; In Compliance No reg required if no PP
Washington Info Unchanged Received email response that letter from 2/2012 was still good. No need to re-register unless we change our offerings
West Virginia Info Unchanged Letter from 2012 still stands Exemption remains unless answers on the form change
Wisconsin Sent Email Received Reply; letter from 2012 still stands; Compliant Do not need to contact annually
Wyoming Cannot send check until FY 2015    
District of Columbia Sent Email Received Letter; letter from 2013 still stands They will let us know if or when we need to apply
       
Red Needs Attention   Updated 5/14/14
Yellow In Progress (Waiting for Response)    
Green Compliant    
       
Purple Unique Scenario or Special Note    
       

 

Page last updated: May 15, 2014