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SARA & State Authorization

Maricopa Community Colleges- Rio Salado is a SARA-participating institution and has reciprocity approval for distance education among fellow SARA-approved states.

We work directly with states when authorization or licensure is necessary and required approvals are secured to offer online programming.

SARA is the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement which establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. This Agreement is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.  SARA is overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). 

State Authorization for distance education is a dynamic environment, check this site often for updates. Rio Salado College is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all states, with exceptions noted in our State Program Availability Tool.    Please
select a state from the menu below for regulatory agency and/or SARA portal agency contact information.

If a student would like to discuss a concern or complaint s/he is encouraged to follow Rio Salado's resolution process as described at our Student Solution Center or College Catalog. If the item is not met with satisfaction, a student may file a complaint with the appropriate agency within the state of residence.  Please select a state from the menu below for regulatory agency and/or SARA portal agency resolution process information.