state authorization reciprocity agreement (sara)

state authorization reciprocity agreement (sara)


The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) is an initiative that gives higher education institutions a wider freedom to offer online courses to students outside of the home states of said institutions.  This is accomplished via creating a process by which institutions can maintain compliance standards and state approvals more efficiently, with state regulatory agencies from across the country entering into a single reciprocity agreement.


On February 21st, 2014, the state of Indiana was approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to be the first state to join SARA.  Vincennes University has been approved by Indiana to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.  You can find more information on SARA WEBSITE.

As a member of NC-SARA, Vincennes University Distance Education is approved to offer course work to residents of other member states/districts, including: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, the Virgin Islands (U.S.), Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  

Residents from the states of California must be reviewed on an individual basis.  If you are a resident of California, please contact the Distance Education office at DISTED@VINU.EDU to enquire about your eligibility to take classes via VU Distance Education.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information above, or wish to confirm your eligibility to enroll in VU Distance Education courses, please contact us at one of the following: DISTED@VINU.EDU812-888-5900 or 800-880-7961 (Toll Free)

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