State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity AgreementsThe State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative that increases student access to distance education courses and programs while maintaining compliance with state regulations. Institutions participating in SARA can offer educational opportunities in all 49 SARA member states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico without seeking individual approval in each state. To learn more about SARA, visit:

On March 2, 2015, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) approved the State of Ohio as a SARA member state. On September 22, 2015, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) approved The Ohio State University as a SARA institution. 

NC-SARA Complaint Information can be found on the NC-SARA website

Professional Licensure

Important Note for Students: If you are considering an online program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended that you contact the relevant state licensing board in the state where you plan to receive instruction before beginning the program. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensure requirements. Academic programs and the program graduate must meet standards set by the licensing board in a state in order for the graduate to be eligible for a license in that state. 

For licensing board contact information, licensure requirements, and program approval status, please see the online program disclosures page