Non-Resident Institutions

  Dr. Elizabeth French,   Director  (334) 242-2179
  Dr. Ileeia A. Cobb,   Staff Associate  (334) 242-2109
  Dr. Jim Conely,   Senior Program Officer (334) 242-2235


Under provisions of Ala. Code §16-5-10 (14) (1975), the Commission has jurisdiction over non-resident institutions defined as postsecondary institutions or corporations offering educational programs in Alabama with main campuses or headquarters located outside the state. 

Alabama is the only state within the United States where jurisdiction over private school licensure and programmatic review and approval of non-resident programs of higher education for degree granting institutions is divided between two (2) state agencies, the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and the Commission.

To facilitate these dual agency assignments of responsibility, a Memorandum of Agreement between the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and the Commission provided for the integration of programmatic review of non-resident institutions with the licensure process.

In addition, both the Commission and the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education serve as clearinghouses for information about private/proprietary institutions that offer their programs to Alabama residents.

       Non-Resident Institutional Review Procedures, Application and Regulations

       NC-SARA Notice

       SECRRA Registration

       State Authorization

Assessed Programmatic Review Fee Schedule
As of January 1, 2014, the Commission will assess programmatic review fees for its non-resident institutional review activities in accord with Ala. Act 2013-368 enacted by the Alabama Legislature during the 2013 session. The schedule is as follows:
  • Initial Programmatic Review Fee: $2500
  • Renewal Fee: Full-Scale Programmatic Review: $1500
  • Renewal Fee: Desk Audit: $500
Fees should be remitted by check or money order made payable to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education-NRI Account.

The assessed programmatic review fee must be submitted with all applications submitted after January 1, 2014 and is non-refundable.

ACHE Resolution: Endorsement of Governor’s Executive Order #48

Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education Private School Licensure

Student Complaint Contacts (Public Senior Institutions and Private Non-Profit)


Programmatic Profiles: Non-Resident Private Degree Granting Institutions
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Inventory of Non-Resident Private Degree and Non-Degree Granting Institutions

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