Postsecondary Programs

A wide range of post-secondary and higher education institutions are found in Vermont. The Agency of Education reviews applications to start colleges in the state and protects student records in the event that a postsecondary institution ceases operating. Statute:  16 V.S.A. § 175 - Postsecondary educational institutions; closing. State Board Rules: 2240 Postsecondary Schools

In-State Higher Education Institutions

These colleges and universities were chartered in Vermont:

Out-of-State Colleges

These colleges and universities were chartered outside of Vermont, but are certified by the State Board of Education to offer credit-bearing courses or degrees in the state:

Complaint Resolution of Postsecondary Schools

To comply with US Department of Education regulations related to eligibility for federal student financial aid programs, the Vermont Agency of Education provides information on complaint resolution of postsecondary schools.

Complaint Resolution of Postsecondary Schools

Records for Closed Postsecondary Schools

Postsecondary Records for Closed Schools

Burlington College Student Academic Records

On May 27, 2016, Burlington College announced it would cease operations.  On July 29, 2016, the Vermont State Board of Education designated the Vermont Agency of Education as the temporary repository for the Burlington College student academic records.

To place a request for a certified true copy of your student academic record, complete and sign the Burlington College Student Academic Record Request form. Please email the completed form to the Agency of Education

Requests will be processed in the order received and processing time may take up to 3 weeks. There is no fee for this service.

Please note the Agency cannot process requests made outside this form. We recognize many of you may have already sent your request to Burlington College, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office or our office. We apologize, but you will need to complete and send in the official request form.

The Vermont Agency of Education can only provide a certified true copy of your student academic record as it existed at the closing of Burlington College. The Agency is unable to process requests for additions, edits or corrections to a student academic record.

A cover letter explaining the status of the records and our Agency’s role and contact information for the Agency will accompany the records. The Agency will mail all copies of your student academic record via USPS first class mail. At this time there is no option for expedited mailing service.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establish comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.

It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

The New England Board of Higher Education approved Vermont as a member state in April 2015. Applications for enrollment as an approved postsecondary institution in Vermont began on July 1, 2015.

  • The Agency of Education will serve as the state agency to coordinate SARA matters in Vermont.
  • Participation for Vermont institutions is voluntary.
  • Membership is open to degree-granting postsecondary institutions from all sectors accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
  • Approved institutions will be able to operate in other participating SARA states without seeking independent authorization from those states.
  • Vermont is not charging an application fee for approval; however, approved institutions will need to pay an annual fee to SARA. 

SARA Information

Questions and Completed Applications

Cassandra Ryan, Postsecondary Approvals
Agency of Education 
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT  05641
(802) 479-8545

Other Postsecondary Resources

The following organizations play important roles in serving the higher education needs of Vermont residents.


Email Cassandra Ryan, Fiscal and Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, or call (802) 479-8545.

Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Daniel M. French
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

Web and Document Accessibility Policy​
Public Records Requests

(802) 479-1030 |
Staff Directory | Division Phone Numbers

Connect with Us

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Instagram icon
Google+ icon
YouTube icon
RSS icon