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Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

The Board licenses and regulates 242 private postsecondary educational institutions operating vocational and degree programs. These private universities, colleges, career colleges, and vocational schools annually serve approximately 593,926 students. Formerly, students were only Arizona residents, however, with e-learning, Arizona schools now provide training to students across the nation and around the world. The Board acts on license applications, determines compliance, investigates complaints and violations, takes disciplinary action, confiscates and retains student educational records from closed institutions, provides students with access to their educational records, and administers the Student Tuition Recovery Fund, which provides financial restitution to students injured by private postsecondary institutional closures. 

July 1, 2011 Federal Regulations on State Authorization and Student Complaint Process - Clarification of the State Authorization/Licensing and Student Complaint Process in ArizonaThis link is a PDF document


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Statement of Locations where all Notices of the meetings of the ArizonaState Board for Private Postsecondary Education will be posted


Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02(A)(1)(a), the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education states (“State Board”) that all notices of all meetings and committee meetings of the State Board will be posted at the office of the State Board, 1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260 in Phoenix, AZ 85007.  This location is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for legal holidays and State mandated furlough days.  The Agenda for all of the meetings will be posted on the State Board’s website: indicated the time and location of the meetings.


The State Board office is closed on the following State holidays in 2012: January 16th, February 20th, May 28th, July 4th, September 3rd, October 8th, November 12th, November 22nd and December 25th.        

   PPSE Agency Goals

  • To ensure legal operations, ethical practices and quality education in the private postsecondary sector.
  • To ensure public access to reliable and valuable alternative higher educational opportunities and vocational training options.
  • To assist those injured by private postsecondary educational institutions.
  • To collect or secure monies sufficient to provide for student financial restitution.
  • To provide equitable financial restitution, in a timely manner, to students financially injured as a result of a school closure.

To protect the health, safety and welfare of Arizona citizens by regulating private postsecondary educational institutions and providing services to their students.

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