State Authorization

SARA-North Carolina

State Authorization came to the forefront with the 2010 amendment of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). This action brought attention to the various existing state laws which governed educational offerings within each state and has resulted in states re-examining their regulations and their enforcement. This site is an attempt to help the member institutions of the North Carolina Community College System make informed decisions regarding state authorization activities.

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosures

The 2019 rules are effective July 1, 2020 which means that the institution must have required professional licensure and certification disclosures, both general and individualized, in place by that date or risk ineligibility for Title IV funding. State and Federal guidelines must be met.

If your college is not a SARA institution, you are required to send a letter to each state where you have students or faculty and receive authorization from each state. Your letter needs to include licensure and certification disclosures in your request.


SARA Members

This site includes information for both curriculum and continuing education/non-credit offerings, reciprocity agreements, state information resources, and a sample pathway to compliance with state authorization requirements.

Current SARA Members

Non-SARA Members

Institutions must make the decision of whether or not to join SARA. This decision must be made on an individual basis after careful review of local factors such as student enrollment, faculty, advertising, service providers, etc.

Non-SARA Members