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Commission for Independent Education

New Institution Application

Notice: Effective Immediately - all completed New Institution Applications must be emailed to 

To obtain an initial license to operate in the State of Florida planning to offer degrees, diplomas, or certificate programs, a person must first go through the Commission’s license application process. The process normally takes between 4 and 6 months and involves:

  1. Submitting a completed application package with all required documentation
  2. Submitting all required fees
  3. Review by staff within 30 days of receipt
  4. Written notification by Licensure Staff of any omissions/deficiencies found in your application package
  5. Applicant response to written notification in a timely and complete manner
  6. Staff finalizing application for full Commission review
  7. Presentation to the Commission for Independent Education for consideration of your application (It is strongly recommended that a representative be in attendance to discuss any concerns.)
  8. Commission grants approval or denial of the application

NOTE: An institution may not advertise, recruit students, accept any fees or tuition monies, or hold classes until the printed Provisional License is received.

Below are the forms required to apply as a new school. Please complete each form in entirety. Be sure to follow the instructions listed on the application and fee forms.

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