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State Authorization for Online Programs

The Higher Education Act of 1965 includes language which stipulates that universities must seek individual state approval prior to offering education to residents of that state, whether online or through local offerings.

Not all states enable their residents to take online programs from universities in other states. In some cases students can enroll in online programs but internships or other residential portions of those programs cannot be within their state of residence.

Ferris State University has already sought and obtained approval from some states which allows us to offer our online programs to many students residing outside of Michigan. If you are intending to apply for an online program and live outside of Michigan, you can check on any restrictions on residents from your state by checking the list below:

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If you have additional questions about online programs and how these regulations might impact residents from your state please email us at Online@ferris.edu.


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