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Higher Education in Maryland

Applying for Maryland Higher Education Commission

Approval to Operate a Private Career School in Maryland

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

               

Click HERE to view a PDF PowerPoint slide-show about becoming a Private Career School in Maryland.

 

For additional assistance and resources for completing the application, please refer to the following documents:

 

 

 

TIPS ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS 

2 Parts

The application is in two parts. 

Part I which includes the proposed curriculum, school policies, and design of the school may be submitted for initial review in advance of Part II. 

Part II requires the applicant to make substantial expenditures for facilities, equipment, and the hiring of school personnel.  Both parts of the application must be complete and in compliance with minimum standards before approval to operate maybe granted.

Financial Resources/

Financial Guarantee

An applicant must demonstrate that there are sufficient financial resources to operate a school.

A new school may choose to provide from either of the following two options if the school collects tuition in multiple installments from or on behalf of students:

  • Financial guarantee in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit or a renewable performance bond that is sufficient to comer 100% of the tuition liability of the proposed school, 

OR

  • Financial statement that is reviewed or audited by an independent certified public accountant, and

  • Financial guarantee in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit or a renewable performance bond that is sufficient to cover 50% of the tuition liability of the proposed school unless the Secretary determines that financial conditions warrant a greater amount.

A new school that does not collect tuition in multiple installments from or on behalf of its students must provide:

  • Financial guarantee in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit or a renewable performance bond that is sufficient to comer 100% of the tuition liability of the proposed school.

Market Demand

Evidence is required to substantiate that a labor market demand exists in Maryland for proposed program(s) and that the proposed program(s) prepare students to meet this demand. 

Sample Market/Employer Demand Survey (PDF)

Downloadable Market Survey Form (MS Word Electronic Form)

Your Audience

When the application is received, it is assigned to a staff member who reviews it as to its completeness.  The curriculum component of the application is forwarded for review to a curriculum consultant or, in the case of a licensed occupation, to the applicable licensing board.  Once all issues are resolved and the application is in compliance with minimum standards, it is presented to the Secretary’s Advisory Council for its review and recommendation to the Secretary.  The Secretary of Higher Education makes the final determination as to the approval of the application.

Time Line

The entire application process generally requires several months to complete.

 

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