State Authorization for Distance Education

Due to new federal regulation, all universities offering distance education in states other than their own must receive authorization from those states to do so. 

Lock Haven University is researching and/or pursuing state authorization in the following states: 

Alaska Delaware Florida Georgia
Kansas Massachusetts Maryland Maine
New Jersey New York Ohio Oregon
Texas Virginia    


Documentation of registration and information about complaint procedures for each state will be posted as registration is achieved. 

Due to the complexity of the review process and fees associated with authorization in some states, Lock Haven University is unable to accept new applicants for admission in our 100% online graduate programs from the following states:  Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Prospective Students: if you are considering an online academic program that will lead to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning any online program.

Complaint Process
Recent federal legislation (Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008) requires colleges and universities to provide students with information necessary to make informed decisions concerning their educational experiences. One important item relates to student complaints. Lock Haven University strives to serve its students fairly and equitably. If, however, a student has a complaint, we have a process in place to assist the student in resolving the complaint. Please see Lock Haven University's Student Complaint Procedures for more information.

Students located outside Pennsylvania may also choose to file a complaint with the appropriate agency in your state of residence. A list of the appropriate agencies is maintained by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).