Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is the State of Maryland’s higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools.  MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students on a statewide basis and is responsible for the development, production and tracking of a State Plan for Postsecondary Education every four years, as approved by the Commission and the Governor.  MHEC is also responsible for the academic integrity of higher education in Maryland, involving activities that include, but are not limited to:

  • Certifying that all colleges and universities which operate in Maryland meet requirements for granting respective degrees.
  • Approves all applications to offer academic and academic-support programs offered by two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities, including both in-state and out-of-state institutions of higher learning operating in Maryland, veterans affairs, fire-rescue education and training, as well as certification of career schools and religious degree-granting colleges.
  • Approves all workforce development, career and distance learning, as well as electronic telecommunication systems education activities.
  • Oversees the further development of academic libraries.