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State Authorization

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.

States A - I
States K - M
States N - R
States S - W

Information for Permanent Residents of Maryland

Messiah College is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission through June 30, 2016 to enroll Maryland residents in our fully-online distance education programs.  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.   

Texas Student Complaint Policy:

After exhausting the College’s grievance/complaint process, students who wish to file a student complaint with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) may obtain additional information, forms and a description of the complaint procedure at the THECB webpage.

The web address for the rules governing student complaints – Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code, Sections 1.110-1.120 can be found here.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board can also be reached at:

PO Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711-2788
Telephone: (512) 427-6101

Information for Permanent Residents of Washington State

Messiah College is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act.  This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Messiah College to offer field placement components for specific degree programs.  The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs.  Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Washington State students who are pursuing degrees in counseling, higher education and education may be required to establish their own field placement.


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