Louisiana RS 17 1808 requires all academic degree-granting institutions operating in the State of Louisiana to register with the Board of Regents and be licensed unless otherwise exempt.
Religious Exemption and Registration:
Exemption from licensure is restricted to institutions named in law and religious institutions that grant religious degrees exclusively. The degrees must be religious in nature by title and content. While religious institutions are exempt from licensure, registration is mandatory. Academic degree-granting religious institutions seeking to register in Louisiana should complete the New Institution Registration Form. Currently registered academic degree-granting religious institutions seeking annual renewal should complete the Renewal Registration Form. If you have questions regarding religious exemption and registration, please contact Ms. Melissa Anders at Melissa.Anders@laregents.edu. Click here for a list of currently registered religious institutions in Louisiana.
Licensure Process for Institutions Operating in Louisiana:
For institutions domiciled in Louisiana, the term operating applies to the offering of courses and programs through any modality. For institutions domiciled outside Louisiana, the term operate shall mean the offering of courses that are physically delivered in the State of Louisiana and/or require clinical experiences in the State of Louisiana. The term clinical experiences shall mean site-based learning activities (e.g. clinical, internships, student teaching, practicum, field-based experiences, etc.) in settings (e.g. hospitals, schools, businesses, etc.) in which students are working with patients, children, teachers, principals, etc. in Louisiana and are observed/assisted/evaluated by supervisors, preceptors, coaches, teachers, principals, or other individuals to determine that course and program requirements have been addressed. SARA-approved institutions which offer interstate supervised clinical experiences in Louisiana are exempt from licensure if the interstate supervised field experiences place fewer than 11 students from each program in Louisiana who are physically present simultaneously at a single facility/site.
For more information on the licensure process, please see the Compiled Rules and Regulations.
Academic degree-granting institutions seeking licensure should complete the License Application for Post Secondary Degree Granting Institution.
Currently licensed institutions seeking biennial renewal should complete the Renewal License Application for Post Secondary Degree Granting Institution.
NEW academic-degree granting institutions domiciled in Louisiana should complete the License Application for New Post Secondary Degree Granting Institution Domiciled In LA. If granted licensure, NEW Louisiana domiciled unaccredited institutions are also required to post a surety bond issued by a surety authorized to do business in the state of Louisiana in the amount of $10,000 to cover the period of the license and submit the Surety Bond Form New LA Academic Degree Granting Institutions.
If you have questions regarding the registration or licensure process, please contact Ms. Melissa Anders at Melissa.Anders@laregents.edu.
Teacher Education and Educational Leader Courses and Programs:
Teacher Education and Educational Leader courses and programs may warrant additional requirements and approvals.