Skip to main content
Skip Navigation LinksRio Salado College / About Us / Research & Planning / State Authorization / SARA & State Authorization

State Authorization

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)

Maricopa Community Colleges-Rio Salado Community College is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) as a SARA institution. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education that has established comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education programs. For more information, please visit

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