The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) exists to coordinate the SARA work of the four regional compacts – the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board, and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education –  to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as making it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education.

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National SARA Manual and Policies

Version 19.2 published June 2019
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SARA Institutional Applications

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NC-SARA Contacts

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States require institutions to obtain approval for regulated activities that occur in their state.  These activities may include online learning, practical experiences, faculty teaching from another state, marketing, advertising, and more.

The Guide – a collection of state laws, regulation, and requirements for institutions serving out-of-state students – is a project of NC-SARA with contributions from WCET|SANThe State Authorization Guide outlines for each state, activities that require authorization, application processes, costs to comply, and more, as submitted by the agencies in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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May 22, 2019

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National SARA Enrollment Data

Note: 2019 NC-SARA Data Reporting instructions and materials available here.

WEBCAST: NC-SARA 2018 Report Findings


Full Report: 2018 Enrollment

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Full Report: 2018 Learning Placements

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