Founded in 1903, Waldorf University (Waldorf) is a residential University located in Iowa and licensed by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission.
In addition to the residential programs offered on campus, Waldorf also offers online degree programs. In compliance with federal and state regulations that govern the offering of online programs, Waldorf seeks authorization or exemption, as applicable, in all 50 states, as well as the territories. Regulations vary by state.
For institutions to offer degree programs to residents of some states, those states require special disclosure. For example, some states require special disclosure that the state does not regulate out-of-state institutions. In those cases, out-of-state institutions may offer online programs to residents of those states, but the college is regulated by its home state, not necessarily by the student’s state of residence.
Waldorf is in a continuous process to monitor regulations in states and territories in which it offers programs and courses. Prospective students should check this site often for updates. It is recommended that you review regulatory information and professional licensing requirements in your state of residence.
Registering a Complaint (http://www.waldorf.edu/Online/About-Us/Accreditation-and-Memberships/Registering-a-Complaint )
For specific information regarding state authorization contact:
Jason Longcrier, MS
State Authorization and Licensure Specialist
Jason Longcrier, MS
State Authorization and Licensure Specialist
Waldorf University has been approved by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
As an approved SARA institution, Waldorf only needs home state authorization to offer distance education to students residing in any other SARA member state. SARA member states can be viewed on the NC-SARA map.
Waldorf was initially approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education on September 4, 2013.
ACHE Certificate of Approval
Waldorf is also licensed by the State of Alabama, Community College System, formerly the Department of Post-Secondary Education pursuant to the Alabama Private School License Law, Code of Alabama, Title 16-46-1 through 10 (Certificate number 14-1512-I). Waldorf was initially licensed on June 26, 2014.
Alabama ACCS License
Waldorf is exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 as an online distance delivered program and does not have a physical presence in the state.
Waldorf’s programs are not under the jurisdiction of the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education since the university has no physical presence in Arizona.
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB) initially granted certification to Waldorf to offer the following degree programs by distance technology on October 30, 2015:
Waldorf only submitted programs for certification in which Arkansas residents were enrolled. As a SARA institution, Waldorf no longer has to submit programs for certification unless the programs lead to licensure. Waldorf notified Arkansas of its SARA status on June 3, 2016. Waldorf will maintain its certification through the expiration on December 31, 2019.
Arkansas Approval Letter
Arkansas State Refund Policy
The Arkansas State Refund Policy applies when students who are residents of Arkansas withdraw, drop, or are administratively dropped from a course or the institution.
Tuition Due Student:
Proportion of Total Course, Program, or Term Completed as of Tuition Refund Date of Withdrawal or Termination
Waldorf is not required to be licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education since the institution has no physical presence in California.
Waldorf’s online programs are not required to be approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education since the institution’s activities do not constitute physical presence within Colorado.
Waldorf is not required to be licensed by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education since the institution does not have a physical presence in Connecticut.
Waldorf is not incorporated in Delaware and does not have a physical presence. Therefore, Delaware Department of Education approval is not required.
Waldorf is not required to be licensed with the Florida Commission for Independent Education (Commission) since the institution is not physically located in Florida and instructors do not have face-to-face contact with students. However, Waldorf agents are/will need to be approved by the Commission to recruit and solicit students in the State of Florida.
Waldorf engages in none of the conditions which would cause it to be required by the State of Georgia’s Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) to be authorized.
Waldorf does not have physical presence in the State of Hawaii; therefore authorization is not required.
Waldorf is not required to register in Idaho, since it is an online-only school outside of Idaho.
Waldorf received approval from Illinois Board of Higher Education to operate in Illinois.
State of Illinois Approval
Waldorf was initially granted authorization as an out-of-state institution with no physical presence in Indiana to enroll and offer online instruction or distance education to Indiana residents on January 16, 2014. Indiana confirmed on June 20, 2016 that no further renewals are to be submitted as long as Waldorf remains a SARA institutional partner. Waldorf will maintain its authorization through the expiration of January 16, 2017.
State of Indiana Authorization
Indiana State Refund Policy
The Indiana State Refund Policy applies when students who are residents of Indiana withdraw, drop, or are administratively dropped from a course or the institution.
Waldorf is approved by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to operate as a distance education program provider in Iowa. Waldorf was initially approved by the Commission on March 15, 2013. The Commission approved Waldorf's renewal registration for a period of two years that ends on March 16, 2017.
State of Iowa Approval
Iowa State Refund Exception
If a student withdraws before the end of a term after receiving state financial aid payments, the percentage calculated under the college’s formula for return of institutional funds to the student’s account must be used to calculate the state return of funds amount.
If, at any time, an Iowa student terminates a postsecondary educational program due to the student’s physical incapacity, the terminating student shall receive a refund of tuition charges in an amount that equals the amount of tuition charged to the student multiplied by the ratio of the remaining number of calendar days in the school period to the total number of calendar days in the school period.
Waldorf is not required to seek approval with the Kansas Board of Regents.
Since Waldorf is not engaging in any of the operating or soliciting activities per 13 KAR 1:020 Section 1(9)(a)-(e), licensure is not required.
Waldorf is not regulated by the Board of Regents, since it offers courses and programs fully online and does not maintain physical facilities in the State of Louisiana.
Waldorf is exempt from State of Maine approval or authorization requirements to offer online instructional programming to citizens of Maine.
Waldorf was initially registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students in fully online distance education programs on August 14, 2013. Maryland confirmed on June 20, 2016 that Waldorf is no longer required to complete the renewal process for state authorization with Maryland.
Waldorf is not required to be approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, since there is no physical presence in the State of Massachusetts.
Waldorf has no physical presence in the State of Michigan and is therefore not required to be licensed to provide online instruction to Michigan residents.
Waldorf is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
AA Business Administration Approval
Waldorf is in the process of applying for registration with the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation and the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration.
Waldorf does not have a physical presence in Missouri and is, therefore, not required to be licensed by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
Waldorf is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and maintains a Financial Responsibility Composite Score of 3.0. This satisfies the requirements of Montana Code Annotated § 20-25-107 and Board of Regents Policy §221. Therefore, Waldorf is authorized to offer post-secondary degree programs in the State of Montana.
State of Montana Approval
Waldorf has no physical presence in Nebraska and is not required to seek authorization to offer online courses or programs.
Waldorf is not required to be licensed in Nevada by the Commission on Postsecondary Education due to lack of physical presence. However, Waldorf is authorized indefinitely to recruit students and conduct direct advertising within the State of Nevada by the Commission. All agents who recruit in Nevada are required by Waldorf to have an agent permit.
Waldorf offers online education to New Hampshire residents which does not require authorization.
As an institution with recognized regional accreditation that plans to offer distance education programs to New Jersey residents and has no physical presence in New Jersey, Waldorf is not required to be licensed by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education.
Waldorf is not required to register in the State of New Mexico since the institution offers online courses and programs and does not require an internship/externship.
Waldorf has no physical presence in New York and is not required to seek approval.
Waldorf’s activities within North Carolina do not require licensure by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina.
Waldorf has met the requirements for ND Century Code 15-18.1-02.8 Exemptions though 09/08/2016.
State of North Dakota Approval
Waldorf does not engage in any activities that trigger authorization by either the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools or the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Waldorf delivers courses and programs exclusively through an online format and is therefore not required to be licensed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Oregon confirmed on July 8, 2016 that Waldorf has no state authorization requirements in Oregon as a SARA institution.
Waldorf is not required to seek approval with the Pennsylvania Department of Education since a physical presence has not been established. However, Waldorf has received confirmation to enroll residents of Pennsylvania through July 1, 2017.
Waldorf is not required to be authorized by the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education since physical presence in the State of Rhode Island is not established.
Waldorf is not required to have a license to operate in the State of South Carolina, since the institution does not have “actual presence” within the state and is only offering online programs.
The Secretary of State of the State of South Dakota has issued a certificate of authorization to Waldorf to provide postsecondary education.
South Dakota Authorization
Waldorf has sent a regulatory compliance inquiry to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to confirm that the institution does not need to obtain authorization from the Commission.
Waldorf is excluded from the Texas Workforce Commission’s licensing requirements for enrolling Texas residents. Waldorf is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. However, a Waldorf agent is registered with the Higher Education Coordinating Board to recruit and solicit students in the State of Texas.
Waldorf has met the requirements of Utah Code Ann. § 13-34a-204 to be a registered postsecondary school required under 34 C.F.R. 600.9 to be legally authorized by the State of Utah.
State of Utah Authorization
Waldorf is not required to be approved by the Vermont Department of Education or State Board of Education since it only offers online programs with no physical presence in Vermont.
Waldorf can offer postsecondary instruction via distance learning to residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, Waldorf does not meet Virginia’s criterion of physical presence and is therefore ineligible for certification to operate in Virginia. As such, students who are residents of Virginia do not benefit from protections available to students attending institutions that are certified by SCHEV (http://www.schev.edu/highered/pope/Students.asp ).
Waldorf is not currently required to be authorized by the Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Waldorf does not meet the definition of physical presence as defined in Series 20, Authorization of Degree Granting Institution. Therefore, authorization to offer online programs to West Virginia residents is not required.
Waldorf is approved by the Educational Approval Board to offer programs, subject to the provisions of Wisconsin Statutes 38.50 and all administrative rules adopted pursuant to the statutes.
State of Wisconsin Approval
AA Program Approval
Waldorf is registered by the State of Wyoming, Department of Education pursuant to the Private Schools Licensing Act, Wyo. Stat. 21-2-401. Waldorf has no state authorization requirements in Wyoming as a SARA institution.
State of WY License
Waldorf is not required to be licensed by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission.
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has no regulations, policies, or laws that restrict US institutions providing distance education to citizens of FSM.
Federated States of Micronesia Letter
As of June 2016, Waldorf has no students enrolled in its programs who are residents of Puerto Rico. However, Waldorf is requesting official certification to be recognized by Puerto Rico as an exempt institution.
There are no regulations or rules in the Republic of the Marshall Islands regarding the authorization of distance education programs.
Marshall Islands Letter
The US Virgin Islands Department of Education does not grant certification to higher education institutions. Waldorf meets the requirements to provide post-secondary educational services to students in the United States Virgin Islands.
CSU sent a regulatory compliance inquiry to the following territories and is pending a response.
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