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State Authorization

Tennessee was approved by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in June 2015 to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

SARA is an initiative of states nationwide to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines.  States that have joined SARA are shown on the map below and appear in dark blue.

The following institutions have been approved to offer distance education to students who reside in states that have joined SARA. Please note that licensed professions are not covered under the SARA agreement.

SARA and Licensed Professions

SARA has no impact on state professional licensing requirements. Any institution that offers courses or programs potentially leading to professional licensure (nursing, teaching, psychology, etc.) must keep all students informed as to whether such offerings actually meet state licensing requirements.

In some cases, the institution may not know whether a program meets state standards because the state will not provide sufficient information. In those cases, the student will need to contact the licensing board in their state of domicile to determine if the program meets licensure requirements.

What are your benefits as a student?

  • Expands access to educational offerings
  • Should lead to better resolution of complaints from students in SARA states
  • Reduces rapidly growing institutional costs and makes distance education more affordable for students
  • Should enhance overall quality of distance education

News and updates regarding SARA can be found here.