It is a requirement of the National Association of Ayurvedic Schools and Colleges that all member schools are operating legally and follow minimum standards for all post-secondary schools in their state.
Students invest thousands of dollars and hours in their education. To protect this investment, most states have established regulatory boards that set minimum standards for school operation. In these States, some form of “State Approval” is awarded to schools who meet these standards. This is a license to operate in that State. This is different from an ordinary business license or an exemption from state school standards. The “State Approval” process is usually overseen by a special government office that regulates schools or education.
The Following are Examples of Such Offices
|California||Bureau for Private and Post-Secondary Education|
|Florida||Florida Department of Education|
|North Carolina||State Board of Proprietary Schools|
To find the organization that regulates schools in your State, we suggest that you Google the following search terms:
- Regulation of Education in (Your State)
- Regulation of Vocational Schools in (Your State)
It is illegal to operate a school for professional education without some form of State Approval or License. Some schools claim religious or other exemptions from these minimum school operating standards. These exemptions can save schools several thousand dollars and the administrative hassle of documenting or providing these standards to students. However, these institutions cannot provide any assurance of protection to their students. State Approval exists for the benefit of the students who attend the school.
State Approval means that the school has shown it is capable of operating professionally and adhere to basic rules such as:
- The school must usually show that it is financially stable
- The school must usually adhere to State laws regulating tuition refunds
- The school must usually adhere to State laws requiring student records be properly kept.
- The school must usually adhere to State laws that affect language in catalogs and on websites
- The school must usually adhere to State reporting requirements.
- The school must adhere to additional State laws protecting students, such as disclosure of program hours, disciplinary action, etc.
It is the policy of the National Association of Ayurvedic Schools and Colleges that all member schools must obtain a State License and complete the State Approval process to operate, even if you are exempt from the state. State approval ensures that all NAASC schools are operating according to recognized minimum standards. We recognize that new schools may be intimidated by the state approval process. NAASC is here to help you! Please contact us and we will help you with any questions and/or hurdles you might have along the way.