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State Authorization Tool

Rio Salado College delivers post-secondary distance education programs in compliance with the laws and regulations of states, territories and jurisdictions that it operates within. Utilize the State-Specific Information Tool to learn how the institution has gained approval to operate.

State-Specific Information Tool

Information on the operation approval, regulatory agency and SARA portal agency within a specific state.


State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Rio Salado College is a SARA participating institution. The Arizona SARA Council has jurisdiction over Arizona SARA participating institutions in relation to non-instructional complaints for out-of-state distance education students. Instructional complaints, such as grade grievances, are not reviewed by the Council and should not be submitted for review.
Prior to submitting a non-instructional complaint with the Arizona SARA Council, the student must complete Rio Salado College's internal complaint process. Complaints that comply with SARA requirements may be submitted to the Arizona SARA Council.

State Program Availability Tool

For information on available programming in a specific jurisdiction see State Program Availability Tool.

Professional Licensure

Students that are not residents of Arizona and are interested in an academic program that leads to a professional license are highly recommended to seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency before beginning an academic program. Rio Salado College cannot confirm whether the program meets requirements for professional license outside of Arizona. For a list of professional licensure contact information, please see Specialized, Programmatic Accreditation & Approvals.

Student Consumer Complaints

Students who would like to file a complaint are to follow the appropriate process described at the Student Solution Center. Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by institutional policy. Complaints (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) that are not resolved satisfactorily may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to AZ SARA.


Last Updated: 05/14/2018