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State Authorization

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:

  • face-to-face instruction
  • clinical placements
  • distance education
  • marketing activities
  • other regulated activities

WCET maintains an excellent Web-based resource on state authorization.

Questions or concerns regarding distance education regulations should be directed to Cheryl Carroll, program manager, at 434.982.2398.

State Status and Reciprocity

The University of Virginia -- with its main campus in Charlottesville, Virginia -- has its primary state authorization through the Commonwealth of Virginia's State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). 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 and limited field experiences in other member states. The following provide additional information concerning the University's participation in NC-SARA:

All states within the United States are members of NC-SARA with the exception of the following which are respectively linked to each state's oversight authority, if there is one:

Questions or concerns regarding distance education regulations should be directed to Cheryl Carroll, program manager, at 434.982.2398.