State Authorization refers to the regulation of both (1) distance education courses and programs offered to residents of a particular state by an institution based in another state, and (2) various non-distance activities within a particular state by institutions outside of that state, such as Non-classroom experiences, Marketing/Advertising/Recruitment, Proctoring and faculty residing outside of New York State.


For approval of distance education programs in New York State, access instructions for instituting new programs or program changes.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes one set of national standards and regulations for offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA is administered by four regional educational compacts and overseen by NC-SARA.

New York University (NYU) is a SARA participating member institution and is authorized pursuant to SARA to enroll students in online courses and non-clasroom experiences (up to ten students per site) in the SARA states and territories listed below. However, please note that certain programs leading to professional licensure may be subject to additional state professional licensing requirements, which are not covered by SARA. For more information about these requirements, please see [LINK].

Current SARA Member States, District & Territories

Alabama

Maine

Oklahoma

Alaska

Maryland

Oregon

Arizona

Massachusetts

Puerto Rico

Arkansas

Michigan

Pennsylvania

Colorado

Minnesota

Rhode Island

Connecticut

Mississippi

South Carolina

Delaware

Missouri

South Dakota

District of Columbia

Montana

Tennessee

Florida

Nebraska

Texas

Georgia

Nevada

Utah

Hawaii

New Hampshire

Vermont

Idaho

New Jersey

Virginia

Illinois

New Mexico

Washington

Indiana

New York

West Virginia

Iowa

North Carolina

Wisconsin

Kansas

North Dakota

Wyoming

Kentucky

Ohio

Virgin Islands

Louisiana

   

NYU is also able to enroll students in online courses in California. Should a school wish to place a student in a non-classroom experience in either California or the US territories (other than Virgin Islands), please contact Lina Janusas, Multi-State Authorization Compliance Officer at lina.j@nyu.edu.