State Authorization for Distance and Online Education
Online education at the University of New Hampshire is an option for students who cannot attend classes on campus to experience the same high quality education from any location at any time, provided internet access is available. We have recently started converting some of our graduate programs to the online environment, with plans for more to follow soon. In each case, online students will have access to the same academic and financial support that on campus students have. Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) include changes in individual State Authorization regulations that impact online, distance learning, and correspondence education providers. The specific portion of § 600.9 State authorization states:
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 the State's approval upon request.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)
What UNH is Doing
eUNH maintains a site to display the latest documents we have to demonstrate our compliance with the HEA regulation changes associated with section 600.9, State Authorization.
View the most recent correspondence from each state relating to UNH's compliance effort.
eUNH created a database of responses from state agencies in regard to authorization policies for distance learning.
Sample Inquiry Letter:
eUNH developed an official inquiry letter that was sent to the state agencies inquiring about each state's authorization policy for distance learning.
For questions regarding state authorization, please email eunh [dot] authorizations [at] unh [dot] edu.
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