Regulatory Compliance

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)


The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide more access to online courses while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. To learn more about SARA, please visit:

A "State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement" is an agreement among its member states, districts and U.S. territories that establishes comparable standards for offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs. Participation in SARA provides UM with authorization to provide postsecondary distance education to students in other States and territories covered by the agreement. Limitations: SARA applies only to distance education activities conducted across state lines. SARA does not affect the applicability of general-purpose state laws such as business registries, general-purpose consumer protection laws, worker’s compensation laws and the like. SARA also does not affect the applicability of state professional licensing or other regulatory agency requirements.


The University of Montana is a member of NC-SARA. If you have questions about NC-SARA please reach out to Eric Vorkoeper.