Open a School in Virginia

In order to enroll students or confer a degrees or certificates, an entity must obtain certification to operate in Virginia from SCHEV.

Participation in a New School Orientation session is the first step in the Business people in a conference roomapplication process for entities seeking certification to operate a postsecondary school in Virginia. Sessions are scheduled every six weeks.

To register for an orientation session, please click on the link to the right. From there, users will be able to register for upcoming events and pay the orientation fee of $150 per participant. This is a nonrefundable fee. 

Certification applications received from persons not attending the New School Orientation will be returned.

NOTE:  A school may not advertise, recruit students, accept any fees or tuition monies or hold classes until it has received its certificate to operate from SCHEV.

Who Should Attend New School Orientation?

Any proprietary or non-profit entity maintaining a physical presence in Virginia that provides education or training in exchange for tuition or a fee is required to have one participant attend New School Orientation.

Each attendee, such as the president, school owner, compliance officer or senior administrator, must pay a non-refundable fee to attend a New School Orientation session.

At the school's discretion, an observer may accompany the participant to the session. All observers are also required to pay a non-refundable fee of $150. 

Schedule & General Information for New School Orientation

View the New School Orientation schedule at right. Participants must choose between morning orientation sessions for individuals hoping to open a vocational school, or afternoon sessions designed for those who intend to open a degree-granting institution in the Commonwealth. The school owner or representative MUST attend a New School Orientation session and be certified to operate a school before providing postsecondary instruction in Virginia. 

If you have any questions, contact Sandra Freeman at 804-225-3862.

Registration

Participants must register and pay the fee no later than one month in advance of the scheduled session. Please register as soon as possible; seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Registration Fee

There is a non-refundable fee of $150 per participant and observer (credit card payments accepted) to attend the orientation session. You will pay at the time of registration. 

Email Confirmation & Parking Information

An email confirming your attendance will be sent upon receipt of your registration fee; a reminder email will be sent out ten (10) days prior to the scheduled session. If you provided your vehicle identification information to us, a parking permit will be mailed to you a week in advance of the scheduled session.

Cancellation

In the event of an emergency, you may cancel your registration, or another school representative may attend in your place. You must notify us three (3) business days prior to the scheduled session.

All sessions will be held in the SCHEV 9th Floor Conference Room, 101 N. 14th Street, 9th Floor, James Monroe Building, Richmond, VA, 23219. 

ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

2020 ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

Orientation sessions for non-degree, vocational schools will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the SCHEV 9th floor conference room. Orientation sessions for degree-granting institutions will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the SCHEV 9th floor conference room. 

2020 Schedule

Tues., January 14
Tues., February 25
Tues., April 7
Tues., May 19
Tues., June 30
Tues., August 11
Tues., September 22
Tues., November 10

If you have specific questions, please contact SCHEV at 804-225-3093.

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