New School Certification

SCHEV’s statutory authority to regulate private and out-of-state institutions is found in § 23.1-213 – 23.1-230 of the Code of Virginia.

A new school must be certified to operate by SCHEV prior to engaging in any activities related to postsecondary education, either online or at a physical site within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Postsecondary schools may not advertise, recruit students, hold classes, or accept any fees or tuition monies in Virginia until they have received a Certificate to Operate from SCHEV.

Participation in a New School Orientation session is the first step in the application process for entities seeking certification to operate a postsecondary school in Virginia. Online orientation sessions for both vocational and degree-granting schools are scheduled every six weeks. To register for an orientation session, please click here

 

OVERVIEW OF THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS:
STEP
1
Intent
  • Attend New School Orientation
  • Submit "Intent to Operate a Postsecondary School" form
  • Submit "Name Acknowledgement" form
STEP
2
Submission & Approval
  • Submit a complete certification application package
  • If application meets requirements, site visit scheduled
  • Final review by SCHEV staff
  • Full CTO issued