State Authorization for Online Education

The U.S. Department of Education has made amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. These amendments most likely will impact online, distance, and print-based education providers. Due to new federal regulation, all universities offering distance education courses in states other than their own must receive authorization from those states to do so.

In an effort to better serve current and future students, East Stroudsburg University (ESU) is working with other Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education schools to become authorized in states across the country.

If you are a prospective student, current student, or state agency that would like to learn more about ESU’s distance education courses, programs, and authorizations, please contact

Prospective Students

It is highly recommended that prospective students receive guidance from the correct licensing agency in your home state before you start a program at ESU if you are looking to enroll in an online academic program or global online program that will lead to a professional license in your home state. After doing so, you may apply to ESU using the following links:

Formal Complaint Procedure

ESU students who do not live in the state of Pennsylvania or are enrolled in distance education courses at ESU while in a state other than Pennsylvania should refer to the student handbook to resolve issues and complaints internally. If you cannot resolve a complaint or issue internally, you may follow your state’s complaint process and/or contact your state agency for assistance. To assist in this process, please refer to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) information regarding state agencies and contacts. Please contact ESU first with any complaints or issues before contacting your state’s agency.

Contact Us

Questions about Online Classes? Email or call (570) 422-2869.

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