Out-of-State Institution Registration

Last updated: 4/6/21

The California Education Code provides that all private postsecondary educational institutions with a physical presence in the state of California must apply for approval to operate with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (Bureau).

Effective July 1, 2017, certain out-of-state private postsecondary educational institutions must register with the Bureau, pay a $1,500 registration fee and submit required documentation. Out-of-state institutions that register with the Bureau will also be required to collect Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessments from students who are California residents or enrolled in a residency program, and to otherwise comply with STRF regulations.

Inquiries regarding out-of-state institution registration should be directed to bppe.licensing@dca.ca.gov. Inquiries regarding STRF assessments and/or reporting should be directed to BPPE.STRFAssmntFee@dca.ca.gov

Applicable Laws & Regulations:

California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009*(CEC) California Code of Regulations (CCR) Division 7.5 Private Postsecondary Education**(5,CCR)
  • Section 94801.5
    Out-of-State Institution Registration
  • Section 94850.5
    Out-of-State Private Postsecondary Educational Institution
  • Section 94886
    Approval to Operate Required
  • Section 94909(a)(14)
    Minimum Requirements for School Catalog
  • Section 94911(b)
    Minimum Requirements for Enrollment Agreements
  • Section 94923
    Purpose and Administration of the STRF
  • Section 94924
    Assessments and Continuous Appropriation
  • Section 94925
    Limits on Amount in STRF Account
  • Section 94930.5
    Fee Schedule
  • Section 71800(e)(11)
    Enrollment Agreement
  • Section 76020
    Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
  • Section 76120
    Amount of STRF Assessment
  • Section 76130
    Collection and Submission of Assessments
  • Section 76140
    Record-Keeping Requirements.
  • Section 76215
    Student Tuition Recovery Fund Disclosures
* https://www.bppe.ca.gov/lawsregs/ppe_act.pdf
** https://www.bppe.ca.gov/lawsregs/regs.pdf