State Authorization

  • National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements LogoGannon University has been approved as a participating institution in SARA for state authorization of distance education.

    Due to new federal regulations, any institution offering distance education programs and practicum experiences in states other than their own must receive authorization or be a SARA approved institution. Inquiries regarding state authorizations may be directed to:  Director of Distance Education, 109 University Square, Erie, PA. 16541. Telephone: (814) 871-7134, Email:  brieger001@gannon.edu.

    Clinical/Internships/Field Experience/Practice Experience/Externship/Practicum 

    Please check the authorization information on the individual program pages to see which states Gannon University is authorized to offer ground clinical experiences.

    Current Gannon University Programs that create this trigger: RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, DPT, MOT, MPAS, OTD.

    Nursing (RN-BSN, MSN, DNP)

    National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has links to the Board(s) of Nursing for states on their website at https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm

    Gannon is not authorized to enroll online RN-BSN or DNP nursing students in the State of Tennessee.

    Physician Assistant (MPAS)

    PA State Licensing Boards 

    Physical Therapy (PT)

    Occupational Therapy (OTD, PP-OTD, MOT)

    Complaint Process 

    In compliance with 34 CFR 668.43(b) Code of Federal Regulation and U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) rules, an institution offering distance education must "provide its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student's complaint." 

    It is a goal of Gannon University to serve students and prospects fairly and equitably. Gannon University encourages all current, former, and prospective students to submit any grievances, complaints, or concerns directly to the University first as outlined by the Academic Catalog and also by contacting the University Ombudsperson or filing a complaint at the Ethics Reporting Website [link to https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/16548/index.html ].

    If a student or prospect fails to come to a resolution with Gannon University, they may contact their state of residence. If a student or prospect is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process, the complaint may then be taken to the responsible state agency in the home state. Nothing precludes the state where the student is located from also working to help resolve the complaint. Compliant processes for each state are listed in the table below. Students can also file a complaint with SARA:

    SARA Student Complaint Process http://nc-sara.org/content/sara-complaint-process

    Students seeking information or assistance in any matter regarding accessibility or accommodations, who have questions concerning the above policy, or a possible complaint of discrimination on the basis of disability, should contact the 504/ADA Coordinator who is the University official designated to coordinate efforts to comply with the HEW regulation, Section 504, of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Telephone: (814) 871-5522.

     

    State Authorization

    State Complaint Process

    Authorized for Online Programs

    SARA State

    State Authorization Notes

    SHEO Survey links to states

    Alabama

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Alabama Survey

    Alaska

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Alaska Survey

    Arizona

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Arizona Survey

    Arkansas

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Arkansas Survey

    California

    Yes

     

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    California Survey

    Colorado

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online and practicum experiences. Students completing practicum must have workers compensation coverage regardless if they are paid or not. Contact Julie Yakes 303-318-8639, www.coworkforce.com, julie.yakes@state.co.us

    Colorado Survey

    Connecticut

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Connecticut Survey

    Delaware

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Delaware Survey

    Disctrict of Columbia

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    District of Columbia Survey

    Florida

    Yes

     

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Florida Survey

    Georgia

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Georgia Survey

    Hawaii

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Hawaii Survey

    Idaho

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs..

    Idaho Survey

    Illinois

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online through SARA and received exemption for online instruction from state of Illinois.

    Illinois Survey

    Indiana

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Indiana Survey

    Iowa

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Iowa Survey

    Kansas

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Kansas Survey

    Kentucky

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Kentucky Survey

    Louisiana

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Louisiana Survey

    Maine

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Maine Survey

    Maryland

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Maryland Survey

    Massachusetts

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Massachuesetts Survey

    Michigan

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Michigan Survey

    Minnesota

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Minnesota Survey

    Mississippi

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Mississippi Survey

    Missouri

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Missouri Survey

    Montana

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Montana Survey

    Nebraska

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Nebraska Survey

    Nevada

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Nevada Survey

    New Hampshire

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    New Hampshire Survey

    New Jersey

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    New Jersey Survey

    New Mexico

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online and practicum experiences.

    New Mexico Survey

    New York

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    New York Survey

    North Carolina

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    North Carolina Survey

    North Dakota

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    North Dakota Survey

    Ohio

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Ohio Survey

    Oklahoma

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Oklahoma Survey

    Oregon

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs..

    Oregon Survey

    Pennsylvania

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Pennsylvania Survey

    Puerto Rico

    Yes

     

    Puerto Rico not participating in SARA. 100% online programs not a trigger for authorization.

    Puerto Rico Survey

    Rhode Island

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Rhode Island Survey

    South Carolina

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    South Carolina Survey

    South Dakota

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    South Dakota Survey

    Tennessee

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs. Cannot accept Nursing students.

    Tennessee Survey

    Texas

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Texas Survey

    Utah

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online through SARA and received exemption for online instruction from state of Utah.

    Utah Survey

    Vermont

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Vermont Survey

    Virginia

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Virginia Survey

    Washington

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Washington Survey

    West Virginia

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    West Virginia Survey

    Wisconsin

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Wisconsin Survey

    Wyoming

    Yes

    X

    Approved for 100% online programs.

    Wyoming Survey

    INSTITUTIONAL REFUND POLICY

    For 14 week semesters, a percentage of tuition charged will be refunded as follows: 100% during the first week; 80% the second week; 60% the third week; 40% the fourth week; and no tuition refund thereafter. For fees, 100% refund will be given during the first week; and no fee refund thereafter. For semesters less than 14 weeks, a percentage of tuition charged will be refunded as follows: 75% of tuition only will be refunded for courses dropped within the first five days of the start date of the course; and no refund thereafter. For students using deferment plans, the percentage of refund is applied to the amount of tuition charged, not the deposit paid.

    For courses less than 14-weeks, as percentage of tuition charged will be refunded as follows: 100% of tuition only will be refunded for courses dropped within one week of the start dates of the course; and no refund thereafter.

    Gannon adheres to the Federal Refund Policy for all students who receive Title IV Federal Funds. If a student completely withdraws from the University within the first 60% of the semester, all or a portion of federal aid may be returned. These policies are outlined in the online and print Catalog or can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office or the Department of Education.

    FEDERAL REFUND POLICY

    The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to determine how much financial aid was earned by students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term.

    For a student who withdraws after the 60% point-in-time, there are no unearned funds. However, a school must still complete a Return calculation in order to determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement. The calculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

    • Percentage of payment period or term completed is the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the payment period or term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the days in the term.) This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid.
    • Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:
    • Aid to be returned is (100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.
    • If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. Keep in mind that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the institution.
    • If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the student's withdrawal.
    • The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student's withdrawal. Refunds are allocated in the following order:
      • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
      • Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
      • Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans (other than PLUS loans)
      • Subsidized Direct Stafford Loans
      • Federal Perkins Loans
      • Federal Parent (PLUS) Loans
      • Direct PLUS Loans
      • Federal Pell Grants for which a Return of funds is required
      • Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a Return of funds is required
      • Other assistance under this Title for which a Return of funds is required (e.g. LEAP)