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Aabama

Alaska

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education 

Arizona

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Arkansas

  • Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board - ADHE requires the certified institution to make a decision on the student grievance following the institution’s public policy. Inquiries into student grievances must be limited to AHECB certified (under Arkansas Code §6-61-301) courses/degree programs and institutions and to matters related to the criteria for certification. Within 20 days of completing the institution’s grievance procedures, the student may file the complaint in writing with the ICAC Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, 114 East Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201. The grievant must provide a statement from the institution verifying that the institution’s appeal process has been followed. ADHE will notify the institution of the grievance within 15 days of the filing. Within 10 days after ADHE notification, the institution must submit a written response to ADHE. Other action may be taken by ADHE as needed.
  • Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education - If a student believes that their rights have been violated, we always suggest they first seek to resolve the problem by following the schools complaint process. Next, meet with the School Administrator and discuss their concerns with him/her. If the problem is not solved at the school level, the student may then contact us at 501.683.8000.

California

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Colorado

Connecticut

Connecticut Office of Higher Education - For degree granting institutions, students should contact the Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education at 860.947.1822 for specific instructions. Post-Secondary Occupational Schools complaint form [pdf].

Delaware

Delaware Department of Education - The Delaware Department of Education will investigate complaints. Such complaints must be in writing and verified by the signature of the person making the complaint. Oral, anonymous or unsigned complaints will not be investigated. Until the web site is functional, please write or call for more information. The Delaware Department of Education; Teacher and Administrator Quality; John W. Collette Resource Center; 35 Commerce Way; Dover, DE 19904. The Delaware Department of Education phone number is 302.857.3388.

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission

Florida

Florida Department of Education, Commission for Independent Education

Georgia

Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Hawaii

No information available

Idaho

Idaho State Board of Education - Complaint process described in Admin Rule (July 1, 2011) section 500. Forms and instructions available upon request from the State Coordinator for Private Colleges & Proprietary Schools. For more information, please contact the Office of the Idaho State Board of Education (Main Office: 208.334.2270).

Illinois

Illinois Board of Education - Institutional Complaint Hotline: 217.557.7359. The Board receives general information email at info@ibhe.org. Students seeking to register a complaint about an institution are required to submit the complaint in writing. Complaint processing as relates to maintenance of institutional approvals is described in 23 Illinois Administrative Rules Sections 1030.70 and 1030.80.

Indiana

Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education

Iowa

Iowa College Student Aid Commission

Kansas

Kansas Board of Regents

Kentucky

Louisiana

Louisiana Board of Regents - For proprietary schools, the complaint procedure appears on the Board of Regents website. For the academic degree granting institutions, Louisiana relies on the Consumer Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Office at 225.326.6200.

Maine

Maine Department of Education, Office of Higher Education Services - Complaints shall be addressed in writing to the Maine Department of Education, Office of Higher Education, Augusta, Maine, 04333, with specific facts and allegations and signed by the complainant. The school shall be notified of any complaints which are to be investigated.

Maryland

Maryland Higher Education Commission - Individuals who wish to submit a complaint may use the following contact information: Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202. Student Complaint Process [pdf]

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Michigan

The Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs addresses complaints involving proprietary schools in Michigan. Complaints involving public university consumer protection violations may be directed to: Office of the Attorney General of the State of Michigan; Consumer Protection Division; P.O. Box 30213; Lansing, MI 48909-7713.

Minnesota

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Mississippi

Missouri

Missouri Department of Higher Education

Montana

Montana University System, Montana Board of Regents

Nebraska

  • Nebraska Department of Education, Private Postsecondary Career Schools 
  • Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education - The policies regarding student complaints are listed on our website with a notation that they are not final. The Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) intends to have a section on the website that walks students through the process; in the meanwhile, please call our office at 402.471.0030. Please note that institutions offering courses or programs that are exclusively online are not required to seek authorization from CCPE. If students have complaints about such institutions, we refer them to the home state of the institution or the Nebraska Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.

Nevada

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission

New Jersey

  • New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Center for Occupational Employment Information - No information available
  • New Jersey Commission on Higher Education - No information available

New Mexico

New Mexico Higher Education Department

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

North Dakota State Board for Career and Technical Education - Currently complaints are filed with the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and are then handed to the Attorney General. That policy is currently under review and revision. Please call CTE at 701.328.2678 for more information.

Ohio

  • Ohio Board of Regents - The agency does receive student complaints. Students are encouraged to try to resolve their issue through their institution’s formal grievance procedures. If the student’s issue is not resolved through this process, the Ohio Board of Regents may then contact the institution on the student’s behalf and request that institution work with the student to resolve the issue. If the grievance involves an issue that violates the agency’s standards for authorization, the agency would contact the institution to determine the severity of the issue and what agency action would be taken. Please call the Ohio Board of Regents at 614.387.1215 for more information.
  • Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education - Current and prospective student complaints are handled through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) Academic Affairs Office by reviewing the circumstances of the complaint and providing the individual with contact information for the most appropriate campus office with the authority to resolve the complaint. If the individual has exhausted the process for review and appeal at the institution and believes the complaint is unresolved, OSRHE staff requests permission to contact the institution on the student's behalf to identify any possible resolution. OSRHE staff remains in contact with the student to determine if the issue has been resolved or adequately addressed. Please call OSRHE at 405.225.9100 for more information.
  • Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education - No information available
  • Oklahoma Board of Private Schools - A form is available by request to the Oklahoma Board of Private Schools (OBPVS) staff, but is not required. Unless a safety or other issue requiring an in-person investigation is alleged, a Student complaint will be accepted and sent to the institution for a response that may then be forwarded to the complainant for further input. Please call OBPVS for more information at 405.528.3370. Web page is under development.

Oregon

  • Oregon Office of Degree Authorization - All complaints about schools under our regulatory jurisdiction or an exempt status approved by this office are handled by Office of Degree Authorization (ODA) staff. Complaints about exempt schools are referred to the Attorney General’s office. Please call ODA for more information at 541.687.7478.
  • Oregon Department of Education - Private and Career Schools Office

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Higher Education

Puerto Rico Council on Education

Puerto Rico Council on Education - No information available 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education

South Carolina

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education  [Complaint Form

South Dakota

South Dakota Secretary of State

Tennessee

Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Division of Postsecondary School Authorization

Utah

Utah Division of Consumer Protection

Vermont

Vermont State Board of Education, Vermont Department of Education - We encourage you to work directly with your institution to satisfy complaints. In most cases, that is the only appropriate avenue for you to pursue. If you believe you have a valid complaint about a violation, you may send it to the Vermont Department of Education in writing at 120 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-2501. All complaints should be specific in describing the nature of the complaint and relevant information: the name of the parties involved, including witnesses, dates, the policy or procedure violated (if known), the course/program, the name of the institution, and complete contact information. In addition, please include any supporting material that substantiates your complaint, including correspondence with the school about the issue.

Virginia

Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Private & Out-of-State Postsecondary Education

Washington

  • Washington Student Achievement Council - Students may submit a formal complaint to the Washington Student Achievement Council, provided it is against an institution authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and is within one year of the last date of attendance. For more information, please contact the Washington Student Achievement Council at 360.753.7800.
  • Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board

Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Education - If the complaint involves an issue relative to authorization, the Wyoming Department of Education contacts the institution to ensure that the institution is compliant with Wyoming State law. For complaints not related to authorization, the complainant is encouraged to try to resolve the issue through their institution's formal grievance procedures. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the complainant may also be referred to the Consumer Protection Division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. Please contact the Wyoming Department of Education at 307.777.6210.

U.S. Territories

American Samoa

Board of Higher Education - No information available

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

Commissioner of Education - No information available

Federated States of Micronesia

Department of Education - No information available

Guam

Board of Regents - No information available

Republic of the Marshall Islands

Scholarship Grant and Loan Board - No information available

Republic of Palau

Bureau of Education - No information available

U.S.Virgin Islands

Department of Education - No information available

*Based upon the SHEEO (State Higher Education Executive Officers) “Compendium of (State Authorization) Laws and Regulatory Practices,” this summary was created with support from WCET’s (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) State Authorization Network. SHEEO and WCET collaborated in directing the work of NCHEMS (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems) in gathering, updating, and compiling the information.

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