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Private Career School License

Private Career School Licensure by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education is required for most for-profit private schools and training firms that offer occupational programs below the baccalaureate level in Minnesota.

Agency contact information:

Office of Higher Education, Minnesota
1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 642-0533 | (800) 657-3866
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Minnesota Office of Higher Education

School Licensure and Registration

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is a cabinet-level state agency providing students with financial aid programs and information to help them gain access to postsecondary education. The agency serves as the state's clearinghouse for data, research and analysis on postsecondary enrollment, financial aid, finance and trends.


Minn. Stats. 141


MINNESOTA RULES 4880.1500 - 4880.2800


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Licensure requires:

A certificates or diplomas that meet state standards.

A student records that are protected and accessible to former students (Locations of closed schools' records) a statutory refund policy.

A sufficient finances.

An appropriate faculty.

Accurate and useful information about programs, tuition and fees, admissions, evaluation, dismissal and refunds.

Schools and training firms should review the Minn. Stat. § 141 and Minn. Rules 4880 to determine whether they come under this statute or meet one of the listed exemptions.


New School License Fee

Schools that will offer no more than one program its first year - $2,500

Schools that will offer more than one program its first year - $2,500 + $500 per additional program

School License Renewal Fee for category (A) schools

Schools offering one program - $1,150

Schools offering two or more Programs - $1,150 + $200 per additional program. Maximum annual licensing fee of $2,000

Solicitor Permit Fee
- Per Solicitor $350

Multiple Location(s) - Location(s) 2-5 $250 per site
                                 - Location(s) 6 or more $100 per site

Period of Issuance:

One year.

Length of Determination Process:

2 to 3 months

Other Pertinent Information:

Most private career schools offering vocational programs and courses and/or non-degree granting programs in Minnesota must be licensed with the MN Office of Higher Education. A licensed institution must have OHE approval to use the terms "college," "university," "programs," in its name. Private Career School Act, Minn. § Stat. § 141.20-.35.

More information is on the MN Office of Higher Education website, under Private Career School Licensure.