Proprietary Schools

Proprietary Schools

Proprietary Schools are for-profit businesses which provide vocational education and training.  Under Article 8, Chapter 115D of the North Carolina General Statutes, the State Board of Community Colleges, acting by and through the State Board of Proprietary Schools, licenses proprietary schools in North Carolina.

Our purpose is to assure prospective and enrolled students and citizens of North Carolina that proprietary schools operating in North Carolina meet minimum standards of quality in their operation.  The pages below provide information on licensing regulations and processes, licensed schools, and additional resources related to establishing and maintaining post-secondary educational standards.

Executive Director of Proprietary Schools
Phone: 919-807-7061
Program Auditor
Phone: 919-807-7149


Licensing by a State authority such as the State Board of Community Colleges is NOT accreditation.  The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency.

Distance Education

Proprietary schools must have a physical location within the State of North Carolina to be licensed under N.C.G.S. § 115D.  North Carolina citizens may enroll in schools located out of state that provide education through distance learning technologies, but they may not be protected by the consumer laws of North Carolina.

Directory of Proprietary Schools

Proprietary schools licensed by the State Board of Community Colleges.

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Potential Owners

The initial licensing process may take several months due to the investigations and reviews required.  Proprietary schools are required to pay an initial license fee of $3,200, plus $50 per program submitted for licensing; a Student Protection Fund Assessment of $1,250; and obtain a guarantee bond. 

The licensure process begins with the submission of a Preliminary Application to the Office of Proprietary Schools via US Mail, facsimile at 919-807-7169, or email to or

Current Owners

Forms for adding or changing faculty, programs, or remote sites; quarterly bond form; and instructions and forms for school closures, purchases, and sales.

Proprietary School Students