National Council for SARA


The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide more access to online courses while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. Participation in SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. To learn more, visit NC-SARA (link is external).

In October 2016, both the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and North Carolina’s portal agency, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements North Carolina (SARA NC) approved institutional participation for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. To learn more, visit SARA NC (link is external).

Current authorized SARA member states can be viewed on the SARA Interactive Map (link is external).

NC-SARA Compliance Information can be found here (link is external).

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder, Colorado 80301

T: 303.848.3275

SARA North Carolina Portal Agency Information

SARA North Carolina (SARA NC) is a program of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The primary objectives of SARA NC are to make it easier for institutions in North Carolina to provide online and distance education options to students in other states and to provide basic protections for those students.

SARA North Carolina (SARA NC)
North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
PO Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

T: 855.SARA1NC (727.2162)
T: 919.549.8614, ext. 4667

Professional Licensure

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