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Accreditation and Compliance

Saint Louis University, like all institutions of higher education in the United States, is obligated to comply with a wide array of laws, regulations and policies promulgated at multiple levels of government.

Compliance impacts all aspects of a university’s activity. Linked from the Office of the Provost are the following four major areas of institutional compliance.  Information about compliance specific to other SLU units can be found on the web pages of those entities. 


Accreditation is a process intended to ensure academic quality and public accountability. It typically is based on both an entity’s self-evaluation as well as the assessment of peers (e.g., faculty and administrators) representing accrediting organizations. 

SLU is accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accreditors in the United States. HLC monitors institutional compliance with federal Title IV program responsibilities to ensure students are eligible for federal financial aid.

Furthermore, many of SLU’s colleges and schools and programs maintain accreditation by their respective disciplinary, state and professional organizations. 

State Authorization – Distance Education

State authorization is a requirement of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). Its purpose is to improve oversight of distance education students at degree-granting institutions. Institutions of higher education must be authorized in the state in which they are located to be eligible to receive Title IV federal student aid, but there are no federal requirements for providers of distance education in other states. State authorization regulations close this gap by ensuring that institutions offering distance education are legally authorized and monitored by states. They also address state and federal oversight of U.S. colleges operating in foreign locations throughout the world.

Student Complaints

State authorization regulations require states to have a process for reviewing and addressing student complaints directly or through appropriate referrals. Institutions are required to provide both current and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with:

  1.  the institution’s regional accrediting body; and 
  2. the appropriate state agency that handles student complaints.