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Distance Education Programs

General Information

BHE approval of distance education programs may not be necessary for those institutions with no physical presence in Illinois. Institutions that may meet the exemption requirements under Illinois statute should submit a request through the online submission process and staff will provide a response.

Institutions participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) do not need to apply for the exemption. Learn more about SARA

The description of which institutions are required to receive approval to operate and grant degrees in Illinois and those which are not falls under 23 Illinois Administrative: 

Section 1030.10 - Institutions Required to Receive Approval (pdf)

Distance Education Application Form

*Please note: application will need to be printed, signed by the appropriate administrator, and mailed to IBHE to complete processing. There is a $250 Exemption Fee made payable to IBHE, paid via check, money order or cashier’s check. Mail payment with form to:

Illinois Board of Higher Education
Distance Education Exemption
1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701

Contact us at with questions about Distance Education.