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State Authorization For Distance Learning

State Authorization is a legal requirement for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction to students in other states. Compliance is part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Currently Authorized States*

*Registration of students from other states in online courses may require additional fees and/or time.

The Student Grievance Contact Information for individual states provides phone numbers, emails and/or links to state education agencies.

Student Complaint Information by State and Agency (opens in a new browser window)

Directory of State Authorization and Lead Contact (opens in a new browser window)

Professional Licensing Board Disclaimer and Contacts (License/Licensure Information)

Programs at PCC that prepare students for professional licensure are designed to prepare a student to apply for applicable licensure in North Carolina. In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure, PCC is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina:

PCC cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina. Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside North Carolina.

PCC Student Grievance Procedure

Pitt Community College desires to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. Students residing outside North Carolina while attending Pitt Community College who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the College's Student Grievance Procedure (opens in a new browser window).

If a complaint cannot be resolved via the Pitt Community College's grievance procedures, students may file a complaint with any of the following accreditors or Portal Entitys:

The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS):

By mail:
North Carolina Community College System
5016 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-5016

By phone or fax:
Phone:  919-807-7100
Fax:  919-807-7173

By website:
NCCCS Student Complaint Form (opens in a new browser window)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement North Carolina (SARA-NC)

For more information on the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement-North Carolina, visit SARA North Carolina’s site (www.saranc.org), complaint process, and complaint form.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SOCSCOC)

Pitt Community College is accredited by SACSCOC - the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (opens in a new browser window).  If a student has evidence of an institution’s significant non-compliance with SACSCOC standards, policies, or procedures, the individual should inform SACSCOC using the Complaints Against Institutions: Information Sheet and Form.