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Explore Private Career Schools

In Oregon, nearly 200 private career schools provide a wide range of training options. Private career schools offer specialized training and certificates for learners with specific career goals in fields as diverse as computer technology, cosmetology, healthcare, real estate, business, and more. The information on this page can help you explore licensed career schools in the state.

Explore Approved Private Career Schools Serving Oregonians

The schools listed below are licensed by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). The HECC Private Career Schools Licensing unit serves as the state regulator that licenses private career schools to operate in this state. Without approval or an explicit exemption from regulation by the HECC, a school cannot legally operate in our state or offer certificates or diplomas to Oregonians. View our Resources for Students of Private Institutions page for tips to consider as you explore schools. Learn more about our licensure work here.

Help for Students of Private Institutions, Including Closed Schools

Visit our Resources for Students of Private Institutions page to learn consumer protection tips, how to request transcripts from a closed school, and more.

Consumer Alerts

Visit our Consumer Alerts page for time-sensitive news and alerts about the status of private institutions.

Stay Engaged on the State’s Work With Private Institutions

Stay connected with the State of Oregon’s work to support private postsecondary opportunities for Oregonians! As a policy and funding coordinating agency, the HECC works regularly with private institutions statewide on licensing, authorization, and support. Find out how to stay engaged here: Engage with Our Public Policy and Funding Work.   


Plan and Pay for College

Apply for Financial Aid in Oregon:

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Financial aid can help you afford your education after high school. Go to to apply for grants and scholarships, get help completing financial aid applications, and learn about preparing for college, training, and careers.

Outreach, Publications, and Webinars

Find brochures and posters, events, webinars, and more to help you navigate the world of financial aid, college, and careers.


Additional Resources 

HECC Resources

National Resources

  • GI-Bill® Comparison Tool: Compare programs that are eligible for veteran benefits.
  • Accreditation: Determine if a school is accredited or if an accrediting agency is legitimate. For a quick accreditation verification, visit the U.S. Department of Education database for relevant up-to-date information.

Note: Even if an institution is accredited, it may not be authorized to confer degrees or certificates in Oregon, so it is important to check our lists of licensed schools as well.