College and Career Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education exercises limited authority over
post-secondary institutions. Colleges and universities are required to be
authorized to award degrees. Programs of study must be approved at some
types of colleges and universities. Institutions that offer career
training are known as Private Licensed Schools. These institutions must
be licensed in Pennsylvania and all programs must be approved. Registration
is offered for institutions that operate from other states and enroll residents
of Pennsylvania via distance education. The Department investigates
student complaints against all types of postsecondary institutions.
Pennsylvania Department of Education does not offer student loans or grants to
students. Students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office at
the institution they hope to attend for information on eligibility for federal
and state financial aid.