Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and print-based education providers. The related regulations include: 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)

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What Cal Poly is Doing

Cal Poly is working to evaluate and comply with these changes and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

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State Authorization for Distance Education

Due to higher education regulation changes, effective June 1 2014, Cal Poly University is unable to accept new applications for admissions to distance programs and courses from students residing in these states. Please click link to view current list. (

Please note: online course registrations from students residing in states not listed above may also be subject to review based on the ongoing changes in distance education regulations.

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