Cornerstone University (CU) is a private not-for-profit Christian University located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with additional physical locations within the State of Michigan. CU seeks authorization or exemption, as applicable, in states and territories of the United States, in compliance with regulations that govern the offering of online programs and financial aid. For those states where Cornerstone University is awaiting a determination of status regarding authorization or exemption, residents of the state may be ineligible for Federal Financial Aid and/or for the state's consumer protection. If an enrolled student from an authorized state moves to a state where CU is not authorized, CU will be unable to complete any future Federal Financial Aid disbursements to the student.

Please review our status with your state below and, as applicable, your state's consumer complaint contact information. Please check back regularly to see if our authorization status in your state has changed.

Alabama

Cornerstone University is NOT authorized to admit Alabama residents into any online programs.

Alaska

Pending

Arizona

Exempt: The Arizona State Board does not require licensure of distance education programs as long as there will be no physical presence in Arizona, as defined by A.R.S. § 32-3001(5).

Arkansas

Cornerstone University is NOT authorized to admit Arkansas residents into any online programs.

California

Exempt: Cornerstone University does not have a physical presence in the State of California and as such is not required to seek approval from California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Per the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 Section 94858.

Colorado

Exempt: Only institutions with a physical presence in Colorado are required to seek state authorization (CCHE policy, Section I, Part J).

Connecticut

Exempt: Only institutions with a physical presence are subject to the requirements of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, per Section 10a-34-24 of the Connecticut Regulations for Licensure and Accreditation of Institutions and Programs of Higher Education.

Delaware

Exempt: Only institutions that are incorporated or has a physical presence (offices or classrooms owned or rented or leased) in Delaware require approval.

District of Columbia

Exempt: The District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission has determined that licensure is not required at this time for Cornerstone University.

Florida

Pending Review: Awaiting a response from Florida's Commission for Independent Education.

Georgia

Exempt: The Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) of Georgia has determined that Cornerstone University need take no further action to provide on-line, distance, or correspondence education to Georgia residents.

Students that are residents of Georgia, that wish to pursue a complaint through the State of Georgia, may follow the complaint process posted on the NPEC website.

Hawaii

Exempt: The State of Hawaii does not endorse, license or approve post-secondary educational institutions.

Idaho

Exempt: Idaho requires only those degree granting institutions with actual teaching or business operations inside the state to register. Per Idaho Code Title 33, Chapter 24 and Administrative Rule (IDAPA) 08.01.11.

Illinois

Exempt: Cornerstone University is an Institution with Limited Physical Presence in Illinois as defined under 23 Illinois Administrative Code Section 1030.10. As such, there is no need for additional approvals at this time.

Indiana

Authorized: This institution is approved to operate in the State of Indiana by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education.

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Iowa

Registered:  Cornerstone University has registered as a foreign non-profit corporation with the State of Iowa and has filed evidence of financial responsibility with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission in compliance with Iowa Code Chapter 261B.

Kansas

Exempt: Based on the nature of our activities within the State of Kansas, the Kansas Board of Regents has determined that Cornerstone University does not need to apply for a Certificate of Approval, at this time.

Kentucky

Exempt: Since Cornerstone University has certified that it is not engaging in any of the "operating and soliciting" activities listed in the licensing regulation 13 KAR 1:020 Section 1(8)(a)-(e), licensure is not required at this time.

Louisiana

Exempt: Cornerstone University is domiciled in Michigan and has no physical presence in the state of Louisiana and as such is not required to register with the Louisiana Board of Regents. Per the adopted rules and regulations for the administration of RS 17:1808.

Maine

Exempt: Institutions with no physical presence within the boundaries of the State of Maine, are not required to secure Maine licensure to operate as a proprietary school or to secure Maine State Board of Education authorization to operate in Maine as an approved degree-granting institution.

Maryland

Pending

Massachusetts

Cornerstone University is NOT authorized to admit Massachusetts residents into any online programs.

Michigan

Authorized: Cornerstone University is authorized to offer degree programs and/or classes leading to degrees anywhere in the State of Michigan.

Minnesota

Cornerstone University is NOT authorized to admit Minnesota residents into any online programs.

Mississippi

Exempt: The Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation does not regulate academic degree-granting institutions that offer academic courses and/or programs solely online and are located outside Mississippi and is not domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in Mississippi.

Missouri

Exempt: Cornerstone University does not have a physical presence in the State of Missouri. As such, it is not subject to the requirements of the licensure statute of the State of Missouri.

Montana

Pending

Nebraska

Exempt: Institutions offering strictly online courses or programs with no physical presence in Nebraska are not required to seek authorization. Based on existing statues, Cornerstone University is not required to seek authorization from the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to offer in Nebraska online courses or programs.

Nevada

Exempt: Based on having no physical presence in Nevada, Cornerstone University is not required to be licensed in Nevada by the Commission on Postsecondary Education.

New Hampshire

Exempt: Cornerstone University only offers online education to New Hampshire residents. As such there is no requirement to go through an authorization process with the State of New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission.

New Jersey

Exempt: Cornerstone University only offers distance education programs to New Jersey residents and there is no physical presence within the state, so licensure is not required.

New Mexico

Pending

New York

Exempt: Cornerstone university does not have a physical presence in New York and as such does not need to apply with the New York State Education Department for authorization to deliver online programs, advertise in New York State media and recruit students at college fairs, job fairs or trade shows.

North Carolina

Exempt: Cornerstone University does not:

  • use employees or agents within North Carolina, or
  • transmit, present, disseminate information over or through electronic equipment that is located in North Carolina and owned, leased, rented, licensed, or otherwise reserved for use by the institution; or
  • agree with a third part to transmit, present, or disseminate information on behalf of the institution through any of the means described above.

As such, Cornerstone University does not need to seek licensure from the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina who has been delegated such authority by the North Carolina General Assembly.

North Dakota

Exempt: Cornerstone University is exempt from regulation by the North Dakota Board for Career and Technical Education. North Dakota does not regulate institutions "not operating in this state" NDCC ch 15-20.4-02 (12).

Ohio

Exempt: The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools (OSBCCS) does not approve or license out-of-state degree granting not-for-profit colleges or universities. As such Cornerstone University does not fall within the jurisdiction of OSBCCS.

Oklahoma

Exempt: As an out-of-state private postsecondary educational institution with no physical presence in Oklahoma, there is no need to be coordinated with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to become authorized to offer academic programs or course that are delivered exclusively online.

Oregon

Pending

Pennsylvania

Exempt: Cornerstone University does not offer courses, programs, or degrees or maintain a campus, or an administrative, corporate or other address, including a post office box, telephone number, recruiters, instructors, advertising in local media and publications at a location in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As such, Cornerstone University does not need to seek authorization to offer online programs to residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education per Per 24 Pennsylvania Code Chapter 31.2.

Rhode Island

Exempt: So long as Cornerstone University does not have a physical presence in Rhode Island, it will not be subject to Board of Governors regulations.

South Carolina

Pending

South Dakota

Exempt: South Dakota has no system of licensure for private or out-of-state institutions seeking to offer postsecondary degree programs or credit-bearing courses to it's residents.

As an accredited school by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission) and approved to offer its students federal financial aid, Cornerstone University may legally provide postsecondary credits or degrees in South Dakota.

Tennessee

Exempt: Cornerstone University does not have a physical presence within the State of Tennessee. Per Rule 1540-01-02-.03(1)(ii). As such, Cornerstone University does not need to seek authorization from the Higher Education Commission to offer any of it's online programs to residents of Tennessee.

Texas

Exempt: Cornerstone University does not have a physical presence in the State of Texas and is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Per Chapter 7 of the Texas Administrative Code, the Coordinating Board considers Cornerstone University exempt from needing authorization to offer online programs to residents of Texas.

Utah

Pending

Vermont

Exempt: Cornerstone University does not have physical classrooms, in-person seminars, administrative offices, delivery of direct services to students or any physical gathering of students required as part of a course of study. As such the Vermont Department of Education and the Vermont State Board of Education does not need to approve Cornerstone University's online programs.

Virginia

Exempt: Cornerstone University's activities within the State of Virginia do not meet the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's (SCHEV) definition of physical presence. As such SCHEV does not certify Cornerstone University to operate in Virginia. This, however, does not prevent or prohibit Cornerstone University from offering postsecondary instruction to residents of Virginia.

Washington

Exempt: The State of Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board has determined that application for authorization by Cornerstone University is not required at this time.

West Virginia

Exempt: Since physical presence has not been established by Cornerstone University in the State of West Virginia, authorization to offer online programs to West Virginia residents is not required.

Wisconsin

Cornerstone University is NOT authorized to admit Wisconsin residents into any online programs.

Wyoming

Pending