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State Authorization Regulations for Online (Distance) Education

Important Information for Prospective FSU Students Residing Outside North Carolina

State regulations require that public universities seeking to enroll students residing outside North Carolina in distance or online programming must be approved to deliver such programming in accordance with the receiving state’s requirements.

In other words, applicants who reside outside North Carolina will only be admitted to online degree completion programs, certificate programs or individual online courses offered by Fayetteville State University if the university has secured authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, when required.

Individuals interested in applying to one of these online programs or courses who do not reside in an authorized state, should not submit an application or application fee for admission to FSU until authorization is verified. Additionally, students enrolled in programs or courses that require internships or supervised clinical placements will be unable to complete these activities in any state FSU is not authorized in.

FSU will monitor developments in state laws in each state in which it enrolls students and, if authorization or licensure is or becomes necessary, will seek those approvals. For additional information on the State Authorization Regulations for Distance Education, please contact:

Ms. Kathy Hargett

FSU is currently authorized to operate in, or authorization is not required in the following states and U.S. Territories:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Samoa
  • Mariana Isles
  • USVI
  • Puerto Rico

Student Complaints

Students residing outside the state of North Carolina may file complaints with the state education agency where they reside. Select your state from the drop down menu below.


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