State Authorization

What is State Authorization?

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued the “Program Integrity Rules” requiring institutions of higher education to be authorized in states where they provide education in order to be eligible to receive federal financial assistance.  While parts of these rules have been challenged and vacated, other rules remain in effect, including state authorization in individual states. Therefore, since federal and state regulations continue to evolve regarding state authorization, Maryville University has created this page in order to provide information to its current and prospective students regarding our authorization and licensure status in all 50 states.

Maryville University’s Authorization Status:

NC-SARA Approved Institution logo roundAs of June 1, 2015, Maryville University is a member institution of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate postsecondary distance education and allows reciprocity facilitating the enrollment of students in online courses offered by SARA member institutions.  For more information on SARA, its member states and institutions, please visit the NC-SARA website.

The document below provides details about our current state authorization status in all 50 states. For students residing in Alabama, Wisconsin please see the information below. Students seeking degrees that lead to licensure and/or certifications (e.g. nursing, CPA, etc.) must verify with the in their intended state of residence or practice that our program meet licensure requirements prior to begin their academic program.

State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicated eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in AL are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advance 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.

Student Complaint Process:

As a one of the outstanding private institutions of the Midwest, Maryville University is committed to the academic success and professional development of our students by providing excellent academic programs via distance education in the areas of Business, Education, and Health Professions.  In fulfilling this commitment, we strive to resolve student complaints in a fair, equitable, expeditious, and amicable manner.

Our out-of-state distance learning students are encouraged to use the proper institutional protocols in order to resolve their complaints.  These protocols are outlined in Student Complaint Process.  However, if such complaints cannot be resolved internally, students may file a complaint with our accrediting agency and/or the corresponding agency in their state of residence.

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association.  Information regarding the HLC complaint process can be found on their website: http://www.ncahlc.org/HLC-Institutions/complaints.html.

The following list of states outlines the corresponding agency and contact information should students decide to file a complaint at their home state.

  • Arizona:
    Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
    1400 W. Washington St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    (602) 542-5709
  • Illinois:
    Illinois Board of Higher Education
    431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
    Springfield, Illinois 62701-1404
    (217) 782-2551
  • Indiana:
    Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education
    101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 464-4400
  • Missouri:
    Missouri Department of Higher Education
    205 Jefferson Street
    P.O. Box 1469
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469
    (573) 751-2361
  • North Dakota:
    Office of Attorney General—Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division
    Parrell D. Grossman, Director
    Gateway Professional Center
    1050 East Interstate Avenue, Ste. 200
    Bismarck, ND 58503
    (701) 328-5570
  • Puerto Rico:
    Mrs. Carmen L. Berríos Rivera
    Executive Director
    Puerto Rico Council on Education