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State Authorization

** Note: Applicants or enrolled students should contact the appropriate school of the University with specific questions about eligibility to enroll in particular programs and/or courses impacted by state authorization. **

According to the U.S. Department of Education, "state authorization is a longstanding requirement in the Higher Education Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which they are located as a condition for eligibility to receive Title IV Federal student aid." Depending on the individual state, such authorization can apply to multiple types of educational activities, including face-to-face instruction, clinical placements, distance education, marketing activities, as well as other regulated activities within a particular state. WCET maintains an excellent Web-based resource on state authorization.

The University of Virginia -- with its main campus in Charlottesville, Virginia -- has its primary state authorization through the Commonwealth of Virginia. The University also is an institutional member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of distance education. As an NC-SARA member, the University is authorized to offer distance education programs in other member states without additional regulatory authorization from that state. In addition, NC-SARA provides limited authorization to place students in supervised field experiences in other member states without additional regulatory authorization from that state. The following provide additional information concerning the University's participation in NC-SARA:

Listed below are those states in which the University is permitted to enroll students in distance education programs and/or place students in supervised field experiences. These include (1) NC-SARA member states, (2) states in which the University has secured authorization from the appropriate regulatory body, or (3) states in which the University has determined authorization is not required based on its current activities in the state. (NC-SARA member states are denoted with an asterisk.)

Alabama*
Alaska*
Arizona*
Arkansas*
California (through 12/31/15)
Colorado*
Connecticut
Georgia*
Hawaii
Idaho*
Illinois*
Indiana*
Iowa*
Kansas*
Louisiana*
Maine*
Maryland*
Michigan*
Minnesota*
Mississippi*
Missouri*
Montana*
Nebraska*
Nevada*
New Hampshire*
New Mexico*
North Dakota*
Ohio*
Oklahoma*
Oregon*
Rhode Island*
South Carolina
South Dakota*
Tennessee*
Texas*
Vermont*
Washington*
Washington D.C. (conditional exemption limited to specific site)
West Virginia*
Wisconsin
Wyoming*
Virginia*