Waldorf University (Waldorf) is a residential university located in Iowa and registered by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to operate within the State of Iowa for the purpose of offering postsecondary educational programs. The Commission approved Waldorf's renewal registration for a two-year period that begins March 17, 2021 and ends on March 16, 2023.

State of Iowa Approval (PDF)

In addition to the residential programs offered on campus, Waldorf also offers online degree programs. In compliance with federal and state regulations that govern the offering of online programs, Waldorf seeks authorization, as applicable, in all U.S. states and territories. Waldorf continuously monitors regulations in states and territories in which it offers programs and courses.

Additionally, some states require special disclosure. Information about Waldorf’s authorization status and state specific disclosures are provided below. It is recommended that prospective students review regulatory information and professional licensing requirements in your state of residence.

For specific information regarding state authorization contact:

Alexis Harris, MBA
Director for State Authorization & Licensure
Email: Alexis.Harris@waldorf.edu

​*Updated 10/27/2022


National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity AgreementsWaldorf University has been approved by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

As a member of NC-SARA, Waldorf only needs home state authorization to offer distance education to students residing in any other SARA member state. A list of NC-SARA states can be viewed at the following link: NC-SARA map.


Waldorf was initially approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) on September 4, 2013. Effective March 4, 2019, Waldorf is exempt from programmatic review by the ACHE due to revisions to their administrative procedures.
ACHE Exemption (PDF)

Waldorf is also licensed by the State of Alabama, Community College System, formerly the Department of Post-Secondary Education pursuant to the Alabama Private School License Law, Code of Alabama, Title 16-46-1 through 10 (Certificate number 14-1512-I). Waldorf was initially licensed on June 26, 2014.
Alabama ACCS License (PDF)


Waldorf is registered with the Wyoming Department of Education.
State of Wyoming Approval (PDF)

Non-SARA States


Waldorf is registered with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
State of California Registration (PDF)

California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition. You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.
Additional information regarding the STRF is located in the university catalog


Federated States of Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has no regulations, policies, or laws that restrict US institutions providing distance education to citizens of FSM.
Federated States of Micronesia Letter (PDF)

Republic of the Marshall Islands

There are no regulations or rules in the Republic of the Marshall Islands regarding the authorization of distance education programs.
Marshall Islands Letter (PDF)

Waldorf sent a regulatory compliance inquiry to the following territories and did not receive a response. 

  • American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands
  • Guam
  • Republic of Palau