State Authorization Info

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education provides consumer protection for postsecondary students and prospective students. North Dakota Century Code Chapter 15-18.1 outlines Postsecondary Education Institution Minimum Standards.

Private career schools and out-of-state institutions should review the standards and application procedures to determine the legal obligations before advertising or offering postsecondary education in North Dakota.

For private career schools: contact North Dakota Career and Technical Education.

For out-of-state institutions: applications are required for private and out-of-state institutions that wish to deliver online and/or on-ground degree programs at the associate level or above in North Dakota.

  • Institutions with a physical presence in North Dakota must complete the Authorized application.
  • Institutions without a physical presence must complete the Exemption application to to receive an official letter of exemption.

To apply for Authorization and Exemption status, user need to first create an account.  To continue or view previous applications, please login on the right. Incomplete applications will be deleted after 60 days.

Compliance with Professional Boards

North Dakota Century Code 15-18.1-17.  “A postsecondary educational institution shall give written notification to potential students applying for enrollment in a course or program that customarily leads to professional registration or certification of the status of the course or program compliance with the registration or certification requirements of the appropriate professional board in the state. A postsecondary educational institution shall give written notification to all students enrolled in a program or course that customarily leads to professional registration or certification of any change in the status of the course or program compliance with the registration or certification requirements of the appropriate professional board in the state.”

Complaints

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education is responsible for ensuring all postsecondary institutions are registered and licensed to operate in North Dakota. Click here for more information.