Private Postsecondary Schools Division (PPSD)
The PPS Division is charged with the oversight function of laws such as the Post-Secondary Educational Institution Act, which was created to improve the quality of private post-secondary education, to prevent misrepresentation, fraud and collusion in offering educational programs to persons over the compulsory school attendance age and to protect consumers enrolled in private post-secondary educational institutions when those schools cease operation or fail to meet standards of quality established by the department, [Section 21-23-2 NMSA 1978, as amended]. The New Mexico Higher Education Department provides consumer protection for students and prospective students.
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Institution Registration and Licensure
New Mexico state laws require private in-state and out-of-state postsecondary education institutions to meet state standards to operate legally in New Mexico. The laws do not differentiate between private for-profit or private non-profit institutions. However, there is a difference between private and public out-of-state institutions.
Public out-of-state institutions should refer to the Out-of-State Non-Proprietary Schools Act [Section 21-25-1 through 21-25-5 NMSA 1978] for more information on offering courses of instruction to any student within the state. Application forms and instructions are available here.
The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) is responsible to license private post-secondary institutions operating in the state. The Department does not accredit the institutions, or the programs offered by these institutions. National and regional accrediting associations set the standards for quality education for institutions that wish to offer programs and coursework in New Mexico. A listing of nationally and regionally accredited schools and the corresponding accrediting agencies can be found at www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation.
Applicable New Mexico State Statutes and Regulation are as follows:
For any questions, please contact:
The Private Proprietary Schools Division Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 476-8409.