State Authorization

Online Learning State Authorization

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with a college's adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010.

Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) include new requirements in individual state authorization regulations that impact colleges offering online and distance learning. Randolph Community College is working to achieve compliance as established in HEOA 600.9 (c)

"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 [of Education] the State's approval upon request (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002).”


Online Learning for Out‑of‑State Students

In order to provide online learning programs to students that reside in states other than North Carolina, RCC must meet a state's requirements for those programs to be offered in that state. Admission of out-of-state applicants to an online program or individual course offered by RCC is dependent on the College’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant's state of residence. If RCC has not be authorized by the applicant's state of residence to offer online, distance, and correspondence education, the applicant is not eligible for enrollment in an online program or individual course at the College. Although, Randolph Community College may be exempt from authorization in some states, RCC must gain formal authorization. Currently RCC is not authorized in any states and is not a member of North Carolina State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NCSARA). The College reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any student wishing to enroll in online courses if the student resides in a state where Randolph Community College is not authorized to offer distance education.


Complaint Process for In‑State and Out‑of‑State Students

Randolph Community College desires to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. Students residing outside of the State of North Carolina while attending RCC who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the College's Student Grievance Procedure. However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your State. Randolph Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Randolph Community College’s student grievance procedures


RCC State Authorization Compliance Information

The Student Grievance Contact Information for Individual States provides phone numbers, emails and/or links to state education agencies.

Student Complaint Information by State and Agency

Directory of State Authorization Agencies and Lead Contacts

Randolph Community College has made no determinations in regards to the distance education program meeting applicable prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in the State where the student resides.