The Office of Higher
Education seeks to advance the promise of postsecondary education for all
state residents, and to advocate on behalf of students, taxpayers, and the
postsecondary schools and colleges which fall under its purview. The Office
carries out its mission by assuring that students have access to
postsecondary institutions which meet the highest standards of academic
quality, by administering the state’s student financial aid programs, and by
serving as an information and consumer protection resource.
responsibilities, in addition to student financial aid administration,
include the licensure and accreditation of Connecticut’s independent
colleges and universities (programmatic and institutional; non-profit and
for-profit), licensure of in-state academic programs offered by out-of-state
institutions, regulation of more than 150 postsecondary career schools and
operation of the Alternate Route to Certification. The Office also
serves as the portal agency in the administration of CT-SARA. Major federal
responsibilities include AmeriCorps and Veterans Program Approval.