West Virginia Northern Community College

Offices and Services

State Authorizations for Distance Education


West Virginia Northern Community College is working in good-faith to achieve compliance as established in HEOA 600.9 (c):

“If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary [of Education] the State's approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)”

West Virginia Northern Community College is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

*Due to recent changes in higher education regulations, West Virginia Northern Community College is not currently authorized to offer online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Utah,  Wyoming or the District of Columbia.

*WVNCC will continue to explore licensure and authorization requirements in these states. Please check this page for future updates.

Complaint Resolution
In compliance with the new regulations, an institution offering distance education must provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student's state.

Complaint resolution contacts by state
In compliance with Federal Department of Education regulations, click this link: www.sheeo.org/sites/default/files/Complaint%20Process%20Links%2012-2012.pdf Student Complaint Information by State and Agency for information about filing consumer complaints in the states in which WV Northern Community College offers distance education programs.

If you need additional assistance in locating state complaint procedures, please contact Janet Fike, Vice President of Student Services at 304-214-8837, jfike@wvncc.edu

WV Northern Community College Accreditation
WV Northern Community College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The Commission has authorized WV Northern Community College to offer all its associate and certificates online. Click here for information about filing a complaint http://www.ncahlc.org/Information-for-the-Public/complaints.html .

WV Northern Community Student Grievance Procedure
WV Northern Community College has a Student Grievance Process and form at http://www.wvncc.edu/uploads/tw_grievance.pdf that you are encouraged to utilize. For information or questions about this procedure, contact the Vice President of Student Services , 304-214-8837, jfike@wvncc.edu.



Awards and Accreditations