State Authorization of Distance Education

State Authorization of Distance Education

States have varying rules, requirements and regulations that govern online (distance) education offered by out-of-state postsecondary institutions. These rules require higher education institutions that offer distance education to state residents to obtain exemption, approval, authorization or other certification from the relevant state agencies. Many of these regulations also apply to field experiences (e.g., internships, practicums, clinicals, etc.) in the state.

Presidio Graduate School researches and monitors state authorization requirements in each state and continues to make good faith efforts to secure the appropriate authorization and/or licensure to offer online programs in each state in which it enrolls students. Prospective and current students should check this website for continual updates on Presidio Graduate School’s state authorization statuses. For states with an approved status, please be aware that individual programs may not be approved or may be pending approval by a state authority and cannot be offered to students residing in that state.


Students who relocate while enrolled may be unable to complete their studies if they are moving to a country or state where Presidio Graduate School is not currently authorized to offer that particular program. Prospective students should contact their Admissions Advisor to discuss how relocation could alter their eligibility, while current students should contact their Academic Advisor if they are considering relocating during their course of study.

Since Presidio Graduate School must be authorized/approved to offer programs in each state, there may be consequences for applicants and students who relocate to a state or country where the institution does not meet state requirements or has yet to be approved. There are also program limitations even in states where the school is authorized/approved; for states with an authorized/approved status, applicants/students may not be able to apply, continue, or change to a particular program, as not all programs may be approved by a state licensing authority. In these cases, these programs cannot be offered to students residing in that state.


Tuition refunds for students enrolled in online programs who reside in certain states will be issued in accordance with the policies required by the laws and regulations of those states. However, if the school’s standard Refund Policy is more beneficial to those students, the school will follow its standard Refund Policy. State-specific refund policies are listed below.


The Presidio Graduate School Consumer Disclosures page at provides links to a suite of important Presidio Graduate School information, disclosures, policies and procedures. Per the Higher Education Opportunity Act, this information is intended to provide an assortment of pertinent and helpful information to prospective students, current students, their families, support persons, and other interested parties. This information web page includes resources and links to academic policies, financial aid resources, general institutional information, health, safety and security items, student services, admissions expectations, and a variety of other areas. See for more information.

Update status current as of May 6, 2021.

Colorado Commission on Higher Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 862-3001

Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 735-4000

Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program 
P.O. Box 541
Honolulu, HI 96809
(808) 586-7327

Idaho State Board of Education
650 W. State Street, 3rd Floor
Boise, ID 83720-0037
(208) 334-2270

Illinois Board of Higher Education
Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377
(217) 782-2551

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
1 Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 994-6950

Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65201
(573) 751-3940

Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
(402) 471-2847

Physical Address
140 N. 8th Street, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
20 West State Street
P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-7225

Ohio Board of Regent 
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-6000

Oklahoma Regents of Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 225-9100

South Dakota Secretary of State
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3537

Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-5293

Any authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning
quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

Tennessee Residents: Any grievances not resolved on the institutional level may be
forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830, (615) 741-5293.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 427-6223

Delivery Address:
1200 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752

Presidio Graduate School has permission to operate in the state of Texas and has been regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission since 2014. The Texas State Board of Accountancy’s new regulations preclude Presidio Graduate School graduates from being qualified applicants for the CPA exam in Texas.

Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges
101 E. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78778-0001
(512) 463-2222


Exemption status means Presidio Graduate School is not approved or regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission. This means the Texas Workforce Commission has not approved the curriculum, classrooms, teachers or any other matters related to Presidio Graduate School. On-site visits will not be conducted at Presidio Graduate School. Furthermore, the exemption status does not constitute approval, accreditation or licensure of any courses under Texas law.

Virginia State Council of Higher Education
James Moore Building
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-2600

Virginia Refund Policy

Students are accepted and registered for classes with the understanding that they will attend the entire course. Faculty contracts, the commitment of space, and other Presidio Graduate School resources are made on that assumption, creating financial obligations that students who withdraw must share. Presidio Graduate School’s refund policy reflects this position. Students may withdraw themselves from class prior to midnight of the ninth (9th) day of the session by emailing their Academic Advisor at or Student Services at

To accurately count session days, note that the first day of a session—not the actual day a student attends class—counts as day one of that session. Presidio Graduate School counts calendar days rather than business days for determining refunds. As such, if the first day of the session is a Monday, the student would need to withdraw prior to midnight of the following Tuesday, the ninth day of that session.

If a student does not complete a course, a tuition refund is made according to the following schedule, which is based upon a 28-day month.

Students who withdraw from a course prior to midnight of the:

  • Ninth (9th) day of the session will receive a 100 percent refund
  • Fourteenth (14th) day of the session will receive a 50 percent refund
  • Twenty-first (21st) day of the session will receive a 25 percent refund

Students who withdraw from a course after midnight of the twenty-first (21st) day of the session will not receive a refund.

Students must have a credit balance in their account to receive a refund. Refunds, depending on the verification of funds, are processed and mailed within fifteen (15) days from the later of:

  1. The date from when a student cancel enrollment
  2. The date from when the institution terminates a student’s enrollment
  3. The last day of an authorized leave of absence (if the student fails to return after this period)
  4. The last day of attendance of a student

All refunds are mailed to the student’s home address. Students must make sure that the address on file is correct.

Washington Student Achievement Council
917 Lakeridge Way, SW
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
(306) 753-7800


Each institution of higher education is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information for the state agency, or agencies, that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering online (distance) learning within that state.

If a prospective or current student has a complaint, we encourage you to resolve them informally or formally through Student Services before submitting a complaint to an external entity. Please contact our senior administration at with any concerns or questions.

Should a student wish to file a complaint in their home state, please select the state contact on the State Complaint located in the student handbook, available here: