Take the courses you want – where and when it’s most convenient to you. 

  • Online faculty are trained for best practices in online learning. 
  • Awarded the 2019-20 Outstanding E-Learning Support for Faculty and Students.
  • High quality education that is fully-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
  • Online Transfer Programs to over 30 4-year colleges and universities
  • 1/3 the price – Tuition and fees in our online courses and programs are a fraction of the comparable cost of public universities.

Special Note for Out of State Online Students (non-Virginia)

State Authorization and Student Complaint Process

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with an institution’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state.  Laurel Ridge has been approved by Virginia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.

Prospective students living outside Virginia interested in degree or certificate programs that require internships, clinicals, or licensure upon graduation should check with their individual states regarding any special limitations on allowable online courses.

Complaint Process

Laurel Ridge’s Student Grievance Process for Academic and Non-Academic Decisions is described here   Laurel Ridge strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available. However, if a conflict does arise, our efforts are meant to resolve your grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. 

In accordance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), the complaint procedures outlined in the Student Grievance Policy are subject to oversight of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in complaints arising from students living outside Virginia who are enrolled in online course(s) through Laurel Ridge. SCHEV Student Complaint Process. Complaints must follow the college’s customary resolution procedure prior to being referred SCHEV under State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) procedures. Grade appeals and student conduct appeals are not allowed under SARA.

Licensure Disclosures

All programs regardless of modality, are required to provide general (public) and direct (individual) disclosures to students in programs that lead to licensure or certification that is required for employment or is marketed as such.

Regulations of the US Department of Education, specifically Regulation 34 §C.F.R. 668.43 require colleges to provide a list of all states/territories where the institution’s curriculum meets, does not meet, or has yet to be determined to meet state educational requirements for professional licensure/certification.

The impacted programs are:

Currently, any clinical or internship requirement for online degrees and certificates must be completed at locations within Virginia.

Additional helpful licensing information can also be found on the Career One Stop Portal.