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State Authorization Information for Students Outside of Virginia

SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS OUTSIDE VIRGINIA
ABOUT ONLINE COURSES

Special rules apply to online courses offered to students living in other states.

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. (Chapter 34, § 600.9 State authorization, HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965, AS AMENDED)

Northern Virginia Community College, as a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus, has reciprocal agreements with other SREB member states that allow students living in those states to take NOVA online courses through ELI. In addition, NOVA meets the requirements of many other states, so that students living in those states may also take NOVA online courses through ELI. NOVA is working with other states to meet their requirements for authorization to offer online courses to students in those states. If your state is not listed below, contact the ELI Hotline for the latest information on state authorization.

NOVA can currently offer online courses in the following states:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana

Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island

South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Prospective students living outside Virginia interested in degree or certificate programs that require internships, clinicals, or licensure upon graduation should contact their appropriate state licensing board regarding any special limitations on allowable online courses. Some helpful licensing information can be found at http://www.careeronestop.org/explorecareers/find-licenses.aspx?frd=true. Currently, any clinical or internship requirement for NOVA online degrees and certificates must be completed at locations within Virginia.

Complaint Resolution

NOVA’s Student Grievance Process for Academic and Non-Academic Decisions is described in the NOVA Student Handbook.  It is the policy of Northern Virginia Community College to provide fair and orderly procedures to resolve student grievances. Nothing in this policy prevents a student from discussing a complaint informally with any appropriate College employee, but students must follow the specific procedures and timelines in the Student Handbook to initiate a formal grievance.

In accordance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, the complaint procedures outlined in the NOVA Student Handbook are subject to oversight of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in complaints arising from students living outside Virginia who are enrolled in online course(s) through ELI. If an issue cannot be resolved by NOVA's internal processes, students may file a formal complaint directly with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Grade appeals and student conduct appeals are not allowed under SARA.

Students residing outside of Virginia can find information about their state’s student complaint procedures using the links below:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia

Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts

Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York

North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas

Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

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