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SARA & State Authorization

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establish comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.  It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. 

SARA is overseen by a National Council (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional education compacts.  Arizona’s regional compact is the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE).
The Arizona SARA Council is the Portal Agency (SPA) for the state of Arizona to participate in SARA.  The AZ SARA Council has oversight for Arizona eligible institutions to participate in SARA and is the Arizona liaison to W-SARA and NC-SARA.

For more information, visit NC-SARA, W-SARA and AZ SARA Council.

Rio Salado College is an approved SARA institution and has reciprocity approval for distance education with other SARA approved states. 

Our commitment is to meet the expectations of our students, by providing a high-level of institutional conduct and consumer protection.

To register a concern, please follow the established procedures for

·         Instructional Student Resolution
    Non-Instructional Student Solutions
    Student Solution Center

Additionally, Rio Salado students residing in SARA states may resolve a non-instructional complaint with the Arizona SARA Council after first completing the process with Rio Salado College. 

Please select a state from the below menu for contact information on the state regulatory agency and/or SARA portal agency.

  • Regulatory Agency