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.

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


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.

Directory340.71 KB

School Closure Information

North Carolina proprietary schools are required to provide students with a minimum 30-day notice of closure.  During that time, school officials should assist students with: (1) completing their programs at the school; (2) identifying equivalent programs at other institutions; (3) transferring to other institutions; and (4) receiving refunds.  Schools are also required to file copies of all student academic records with the State Archives. 

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 mailing a Preliminary Application to: Office of Proprietary Schools, NC Community College System, 5001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-5001.

Preliminary Application178.05 KB
Initial License Application258.44 KB

Current Owners

Proprietary School Students