The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) exists to promote and protect the interests of students and consumers.
This page contains helpful resources for students.
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How to File a Complaint
Most consumers receive a quality education and have a generally positive experience from attending an approved private postsecondary educational institution (institution). However, in the event a consumer believes an institution's administrative processes or educational programs are compromised and not up to the required minimum standards, the Bureau should be notified. A complaint may be filed by writing (Complaint Form) or calling the Bureau's Enforcement Section at the following address and telephone number:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Telephone: (916) 431-6959
FAX: (916) 263-1897
An alternative avenue for filing a Complaint is to utilize the California Department of Consumer Affairs' (DCA) online Complaint Form (Online Complaint Form). The DCA will forward the Online Complaint to the Bureau.
WHO MAY FILE A COMPLAINT
Anyone may file a complaint if they believe an approved institution has violated the laws governing the institution's operation. Complaints are most often received from students, their families, other members of the private postsecondary education industry, law enforcement agencies, and other regulatory agencies.
Students Facing a School Closure
Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR)
OSAR was created to advance and promote the rights of students of private colleges, and assist students who suffer economic loss due to the unlawful activities or closure of a private college.