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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]
Certification Required for Schools Offering Distance Learning in Virginia
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory action comes as a result of a 2020 legislative mandate to create regulatory language to amend 8VAC 40-31, [Chapter 380 (HB 457)]. Legislation that will become effective July 1, 2022 requires out-of-state postsecondary schools offering distance education to Virginia citizens to be certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia or be participants in a reciprocity agreement to which the Commonwealth belongs. This action creates the language for the regulation and describes certification requirements for schools that do not participate in a reciprocity agreement.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [5770]
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
9233 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 07/07/2021.
9327 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/01/2022.
9632 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/07/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Sandra Freeman  / SCHEV Associate Director
Address: 101 N. 14th Street, 9th Floor
Monroe Building
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)225-3862    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this agency.