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DOE Compliance

State Authorization of Distance Education Compliance, Information, & Directories

Messiah College is required by the U.S. Department of Education to be in compliance with state laws where we offer distance and/or correspondence education.  Each state has a different set of laws that regulate higher education institutions. The chart below lists each state and any restrictions that apply to Messiah College students.  In addition, for students who wish to register an official complaint, the SHEEO webpage provides information needed. Under “Reports from Survey Data” on the SHEEO webpage, click on the link for “Student Complaint Process by State” and go to your home state’s process.

Alabama UG Indiana NR Nebraska NR South Carolina NR
Alaska NR Iowa ID Nevada IP South Dakota NR
Arizona NR Kansas IP New Hampshire IP Tennessee IP
Arkansas UG Kentucky IP New Jersey NR Texas NR
California NR Louisiana IP New Mexico IP Utah NR
Colorado NR Maine NR New York NR Vermont NR
Connecticut NR Maryland NR North Carolina IP Virginia NR
Delaware NR Massachusetts IP North Dakota NR Washington IP
Florida NR Michigan NR Ohio IP Washington DC IP
Georgia NR Minnesota UG Oklahoma IP West Virginia NR
Hawaii NR Mississippi NR Oregon IP Wisconsin UG
Idaho NR Missouri NR Pennsylvania NR Wyoming NR
Illinois ID Montana NR Rhode Island NR


NR: No Restrictions

IP: Internships/Practicums in the state are prohibited. If required, it must be completed in a nonrestricted state.

UG: Admission to Messiah College is limited to undergradaute students studying on-campus.

ID: Some restrictions may apply, contact the Graduate Programs Office for more information. rictions

Information for Permanent Residents of Maryland

Messiah College is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission through June 30, 2014 to enroll Maryland residents in our fully-online distance education programs. When appropriate we will make application to extend our registration through June 30, 2015. As such we are providing the following link to Maryland residents per the Maryland Commission on Higher Education regulations.  Messiah College is subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of the Attorney General of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. This link provides Maryland students with the appropriate contacts regarding their rights and the complaint/grievance process. In addition, Maryland residents have a distinct refund policy that can be found here.   If you have questions regarding these polices please contact the Graduate Programs Office.

Any questions regarding this information should be directed to the Graduate Programs Office.