For the Master of Divinity degree’s special policy for transfer work and for transfer work from a
previous master’s degree in religion, please see Logsdon Seminary Catalog. For the Physical
Therapy policy for transfer work, see page 125
Distance Education for Out-of-State Enrollment
On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released new program
integrity regulations. One of the regulations focused on the need for an institution offering
distance education, including practicum, seminars, test proctoring, online courses and degree
studies, to acquire authorization from any state in which it operates. This authorization is
required to maintain eligibility for students of that state to receive federal financial aid.
Institutions have until July 1, 2015, to have obtained the appropriate approvals. Meanwhile, an
institution is required to demonstrate a “good faith” effort to comply in each state in which it
serves students, and states with regulations in place expect that institutions already be in
compliance with their regulations before serving any students in their state.
What This Means
Before accepting enrollments from students residing outside of Texas, or Texas students who
would do the learning outside the state of Texas, exclusively for any form of distance education,
HSU must be in compliance with the distance learning regulations of the states in which students
reside while enrolled. Some states require universities to seek approval before enrolling their
residents, and the approval processes can be expensive and time intensive.
What Hardin-Simmons University Is Doing
HSU continues to work to obtain authorization from other states. However, due to authorization
and review processes associated with some states, we may be limited in our ability to accept
some distance learning course enrollments.
Please contact Provost Office, (325) 670-1210 to inquire about the current status of your state
with regard to this USDOE state authorization requirement. Depending on the status of your state
of residence regarding this requirement, HSU may notify you that you are not eligible to register
for HSU distance education courses. In this case, Hardin-Simmons University will provide
assistance in finding alternatives.