Private Licensed Schools
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Postsecondary institutions that offer career training
must be licensed by the State Board of Private Licensed Schools. The
Board also approves new programs at each school. The schools can be
approved to award career diplomas or certificates. Schools that meet
certain standards may be authorized to award specialized associate
degrees. The Division of Higher and Career Education staffs the Board.
of Private Licensed Schools consists of 15 members. The Secretary of Education appoints 14 Board
members to represent school sectors and the public. One member represents the Office of Attorney
General. The Board meets quarterly to review and act on applications and develop policy.
would like to make a formal complaint about a Private Licensed School,
please fill out a Student Complaint Form.
Pennsylvania Department of Education does not administer financial aid or loan
programs or process requests for loan forgiveness.
school you plan to attend is the best source of information about funding. The
administrators in the school's financial aid office will tell you which federal
and state programs they administer. They will also explain additional
scholarship programs or other sources of funding.
careful of any offer to help find financial aid if a fee is required for the
Academic records are held by each
institution for 50 years. Please contact the institution you attended for a
copy of your transcript.
Students who attended a Private
Licensed School that has closed can obtain academic records from the school's
records repository. The repository for
your school's records can be found on the Closed School Records list on the
institution is not on the list, please contact the Division of Higher & Career
Education at 717-783-8228 for information on the records. The Department of Education does not hold
copies of academic transcripts.
Coursework completed at a Private
Licensed School is not always accepted for transfer to a college or
university. Only the college or
university can tell you if they will accept transfer credit.