State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Overview

SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.

Participation is voluntary for institutions and open to all postsecondary institutions (for-profit and non-for-profit private and public) that are accredited by an association recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Participation in SARA allows institutions to offer distance education courses and programs to students in other SARA participating states without seeking state authorization.

For more information on SARA, including an up-to-date list of SARA States and Institutions, visit  NC-SARA.org.

Initial Application and Renewal Process

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) is the state portal agency for SARA. Any accredited, postsecondary institution with its principal campus or central administrative unit domiciled in Texas is eligible to apply.

To apply or renew, complete the Application and Approval Form for Institution Participation in SARA. The application and supporting documentation should be emailed to Jessica Acton at Jessica.Acton@highered.texas.gov. Following approval of the application, the institution’s SARA contacts will receive an invoice for the annual fee.

Student Complaint Process

Complaints against a SARA participating institution must first go through the institution's own grievance procedures. All complaints regarding student grades or conduct violations are governed by the institution and the laws of the institution's home state. 

If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional grievance process, the student may appeal, within two years of the incident, to the SARA portal agency of the institution's home state.

For all complaints regarding Texas degree-granting postsecondary institutions participating in SARA, complete the Student Complaint and Release Form and email the form to Student.Complaints@highered.texas.gov.

For questions regarding SARA policies and procedures, please contact Jessica.Acton@highered.texas.gov