This page contains information and links of interest to individuals and institutions that want to offer postsecondary education in the state, for schools currently approved to operate, and for students and prospective students. Certain types of postsecondary education providers must be approved to operate by the MDHE. The MDHE's Proprietary School Certification Program is responsible for the oversight activities involved in this approval process. Use the bulleted links to navigate through the most common pages, including how to apply for initial certification.

The central focus of the Proprietary School Certification Program is consumer protection. This is accomplished through the establishment of standards for school operation and monitoring of those operations to ensure students are treated in a fair and equitable manner and receive education and training consistent with the published objectives of the instructional programs and the school.



If you were enrolled in Heritage College-Kansas City or Missouri College, please review this link for information regarding your options. This page will be updated as new information and resources are made available.



If you were enrolled in Corinthian/Everest College campuses located in California, Oregon, or Hawaii, please review this link for information regarding your student records. You have until November 7, 2016 to file a response to the motion of the trustee. If the motion as written is granted by the Court, you will be required to submit a request to the trustee for your records no later than January 23, 2017. Failure to make such a request in the time allotted will result in your records being destroyed.


Students who were enrolled with Everest College located in Earth City or Kansas City are not affected by this motion and may click here to request transcripts.  Everest College-Springfield students may contact that campus directly for access to records.



If you were enrolled in ITT Technical Institute, please click here for information regarding transcripts, credit transfer, and loan discharge options.


If you were an ITT student enrolled in the nursing program and were scheduled to graduate in November 2016, Jefferson College has been approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing to provide a teach out so you may complete your program.  Click here for more information.


Committee on Transfer and Articulation (COTA)

Annual Recertification 2016-2017

Information for Missouri Tech Students - UPDATE 2-18-2016 re Filing for Tax Credits

Information for Anthem College Students


Committee on Transfer and Articulation (COTA)

Attention school presidents/directors/owners: The Committee on Transfer and Articulation (COTA) is looking to fill a representative opening from a two-or four-year proprietary institution.  COTA members are appointed by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and typically serve a three year term.  


COTA's primary responsibilities are to review and make recommendations on transfer issues, study and develop transfer guidelines for traditional and non-traditional credits, and review and recommend resolutions on cases of appeal from institutions or students.  COTA also handles Missouri Reverse Transfer issues and will work with new issues associated with the passing of SB 997 (42- Hour Block, Guided Pathways, etc.).  COTA meets in person at least four times a year and has monthly teleconference calls.  COTA also puts on a conference in February.


If you are interested in representing your school in this position, please contact Amy Werner with Academic Affairs at (573) 751-2361.  For additional information regarding COTA, please view the Transfer and Articulation page here.


Annual Recertification (2016-2017)

Materials and information relating to the 2016-2017 recertification cycle for all certified schools are available for use. Click on the links below to access the information and documents you need. Please note that applications received after March 15, 2016 are considered late, and the school will be charged a late fee of $10 per day.


The Department requires schools to submit the application as a single-sided document (no duplexing) because applications must be scanned into an optical imaging system.  Duplex copies require additional staff time to scan, so your assistance is greatly appreciated.


Recertification Application for Schools Certified to Operate in Missouri


Recertification Application for Schools Certified to Recruit Students in Missouri


Overview of Recertification

Summary and explanation of the recertification process including deadlines, instructions, and links to application materials and sources of additional information. 


Tips and Suggestions

Helpful information about using the electronic applications and related data forms. 


Biennial Recertification

The Department is providing accredited schools the option to apply for a two-year certificate of approval to operate.  Click on the link for eligibility requirements. 


Contact Us

If you need additional information about the annual recertification process or materials, please use this form to direct your question to the Proprietary School Certification staff.  We will make every effort to respond to your inquiry within one working day.

Information for Missouri Tech Students - UPDATE


If you have not received your 1098-T tax form from Missouri Tech for calendar year 2015, please click here for information on filing for tax credits.


If you were enrolled with Missouri Tech at the date of the school's closure and did not receive a formal letter from the MDHE dated January 7, 2016, please contact the Department at (573) 751-2361 to update your current mailing address.


All transcripts have been provided to the department.  To request your transcript, please complete the request form.  Once complete, fax the form to (573) 751-6635.  Please allow a minimum of two weeks to process your request.


If you need information on federal student loans or a list of schools who will work with displaced MO Tech students, please click here.


Please check back periodically as we will post updated information when details are made available.


Information for Anthem College Students

If you were enrolled in Anthem College and were impacted by the closure of the Maryland Heights or Fenton campuses, please click here for information on federal student loans and information on transcripts.


Your 1098-T forms for tax filing purposes should have been mailed to you by the International Education Corporation (IEC) on or about January 25, 2015.  If you have moved or if you did not receive your form, contact IEC via fax at (800) 606-4045 and request the form be re-sent.


Information for CDL Schools

The Department of Revenue (DOR) is implementing new standards for Commercial Driver's License (CDL) testing and for the Commercial Learner Permit (CLP).  Schools offering or seeking to offer CDL programs must ensure policies meet or exceed the minimum guidelines established by DOR.  Failure to meet minimum standards may result in denial of these programs by the MDHE.  Please click here for information.


Information for Schools Offering CNA, CMT, L1MA

Schools offering or seeking to offer programs in Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Certified Medication Technician (CMT), Level 1 Medication Aide (L1MA), or Insulin Administration must meet specific guidelines established by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).  Failure to meet criteria for approval as a training agency will result in denial of these programs by the MDHE.  Please click here for information.


Need a Transcript?

The Proprietary School Certification Program strives to maintain information on closed schools in the state of Missouri. In some instances, the department maintains the actual records although we make no claims for having records in their entirety. Click here for information on how to obtain a copy of your transcript or other student records.

About Proprietary Schools

Consumer information about this sector of education, including a closed school FAQ and information on how to choose a school.


Explanation of what accreditation is and information about a number of recognized accrediting commissions.

Diploma Mills

Information about substandard educational entities and tips about how to avoid being deceived by such organizations and links to listings of accredited institutions in the United States and recognized institutions in Canada.

Colleges & Degrees

Information about a Missouri postsecondary education institution or programs offered in Missouri.

Getting Started As a School In Missouri

Any school or training facility that is not specifically exempted from the law must be certified to operate to offer instruction, grant certificates or degrees, or recruit students in the state of Missouri. In order to comply with this requirement, schools must apply for exemption from or certification to operate under the proprietary school regulations. It is important to note that proprietary as contained in the program title is somewhat of a misnomer as profit-making status is not a primary factor in determining if a school is subject to the certification requirements.

Certification Process Overview

Explanation of certification to operate and a brief overview of the process to become certified to operate.

Initial Certification

This link is for individuals or schools wanting to become certified to operate. It will take you to more detailed information about becoming certified to operate in Missouri, including how to request an application and access to other related resources.

Operating Standards

This link will take you to an overview of the standards established by the MDHE for certification to operate. While primarily applicable to applicant and currently operating schools, this information may also be of interest to students and parents.


Certain types of schools are not subject to the certification program requirements. Exemption, as this status is called, must be granted by the MDHE based on the submission of an application. This link takes you to a more detailed explanation of the exemption process and eligibility criteria.

Monitor School Operations

Proprietary School Certification Program staff conduct regular on-site evaluations of schools. These evaluations include interviews with faculty and staff, observation of classes and school operations, surveys of students and graduates, and reviews of institutional and student records.

Substantive Changes Reporting

This section provides access to information about how to report and the necessary forms for reporting a variety of changes at the school.

Public Information Resources

To assist prospective students and their parents in making informed choices about educational institutions, the Proprietary School Certification Program provides a variety of public information resources about the schools that are certified to operate.

Missouri Business Portal

The state's business portal provides information about other requirements for starting a business in missouri such as registration, filings, licenses, and permits required by other agencies.


This is a small business resource for the state of Missouri. MOSourceLink provides a monthly newsletter highlighting tips and trends to help small businesses.

Statistical Summary: Proprietary Sector of Missouri Postsecondary Education

Data tables reporting student and institutional information about the characteristics, scope, and economic impact of this sector.