State Disclosures

As part of the state authorization process, USC is often required to make state specific information available to students. This page provides our online students a place to access any disclosures that their home state requires.

Indiana

This institution is regulated by: The Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education, 302 W. Washington Street, Room E201, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Toll Free Number 1-800-227-5695 or (317) 232-1320.

Iowa

USC is registered to offer distance education programs to Iowans by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, 430 E. Grand Ave., 3rd floor, Des Moines, IA 50309.  Toll-free telephone number (877) 272-4456.  A student may file a complaint online at https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/sdrf-start.

In conformity with Iowa Code Section 261.9(1) (g), a student(s) who is a resident of the State of Iowa and a member, or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the Iowa national guard or reserve forces of the United States and who is ordered to state military service or federal service or duty, shall have following options made available to them:

i. Student may withdraw from their entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees.

ii. Student, with the assistance of USC, may make arrangements with the student’s instructors for course grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the student’s registration shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for the courses in full.

iii. Student, with the assistance of USC, may make arrangements with only some of the student’s instructors for grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the registration for those courses shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for those courses. Any course for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes shall be considered dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for the course refunded.

For additional information on USC specific procedures, please visit our Immediate Call to Active Duty page.

Masters of Arts in Teaching:

The University of Southern California Master of Arts in Teaching degree program will abide by the Iowa Code Section 261.9(1)(g) which provides options for refund of tuition and mandatory fees for an Iowan who is deployed. Further, a student seeking an Iowa educator license is advised that successful completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation does not qualify a student for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state in California. This institution shall assist a candidate in contacting the appropriate licensing board in California. This institution shall assist the candidate in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate’s completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation and will assist the candidate in obtaining their California credential contingent upon successful completion of the program. Candidates seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board (515/281-5849; http://www.boee.iowa.gov/) for licensure requirements in Iowa.

Minnesota

The University of Southern California – USC is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Missouri

Approved to operate by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

North Carolina

Master of Arts in Teaching
Because teaching credential rules vary greatly by state, it is vital that you understand the licensure and practice requirements of the state in which you intend to become a licensed teacher. Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program does not guarantee teacher licensure in North Carolina public schools. Candidates should contact their local school administrative offices and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction regarding specific initial and advanced licensure requirements in their program areas. The University of Southern California holds a tuition guaranty bond for students in North Carolina. Anyone who wishes to see a copy of the tuition guaranty bond may visit the office of the program director in the Rossier School of Education during normal business hours.

Tennessee

University of Southern California is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

If a complaint is not settled at the institutional level, the student may contact the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830. Telephone: 615-741-5293. If the institution uses a mediation clause in its enrollment agreement, the catalog must describe the steps required of the student and/or the institution to initiate the mediation process.

The University of Southern California is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by the University of Southern California, please visit http://www.tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.

Credits earned at the University of Southern California may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by the University of Southern California. You should obtain confirmation that the University of Southern California will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at the University of Southern California to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at the University of Southern California prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from the University of Southern California to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at the University of Southern California if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of the University of Southern California and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at the University of Southern California before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

Washington State

University of Southern California is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes University of Southern California to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Master of Arts in Teaching program
Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in California and is authorized for field placements in Washington by the Professional Educators Standards Board. Even though you may be residing in Washing while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out of state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.