Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Regulations Governing the Certification of Certain Institutions to Confer Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates [8 VAC 40 ‑ 31]
Fee Changes
Action 5391
General Information
Action Summary The Private Postsecondary Education (PPE) unit of the Academic Affairs division of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is responsible for regulating private and out-of-state postsecondary educational institutions operating in Virginia. The PPE unit currently regulates 126 degree-granting institutions and 165 career-technical schools at more than 300 locations throughout Virginia. Staff responsibilities include approval of new postsecondary schools; program approvals; compliance audits; granting exemptions; agent approvals; and annual recertification of postsecondary schools. SCHEV does not receive general funds to perform the duties delegated to the PPE unit by Code and Regulation. The Code of Virginia allows Council to establish nonrefundable fees for services provided by the PPE unit. All salaries, benefits and expenditures are paid out of the fees collected from regulated institutions. The issue addressed here is the need for SCHEV to increase its fees to cover the essential functions of the PPE unit.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006185]
Associated Mandates Regulation of Out of State Postsecondary Distance Education Providers
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8768 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/14/2020.
9259 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/18/2022.
9573 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/07/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Beverly Rebar  / Sr. Assoc. for Academic and Legislative Affairs
Address: 101 N. 14 Street 9th floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)371-0571    FAX: (804)225-2604    TDD: ()-