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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

State Authorization

As an institution that participates in federal financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Illinois State University complies with the state authorization and distance education regulations. The regulations require institutions of higher education to obtain approval from states in which they provide post-secondary education programs. Institutions may demonstrate such authorization by participating in a “state authorization reciprocity agreement.”

Illinois became an National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) member on July 31, 2015. Illinois State University became an institutional participant in NC-SARA on September 28, 2015. Accordingly, Illinois State University is authorized to enroll students residing in other NC-SARA states in distance education programs offered by the University and to place students in supervised field experiences located in other NC-SARA states. Most states now participate in NC-SARA. For the most up-to-date information, please consult the NC-SARA website.

  • Information regarding state authorization requirements for distance education programs, professional licensure or certification, and complaint processes is available on the students subtab.
  • Information regarding state authorization reporting requirements for distance education programs, out-of-state supervised field experiences (e.g., clinical or internship placements) is available on the administrator/staff subtab.

Contact Information

Dr. J. Cooper Cutting

Assistant Vice President for Academic Planning
(309) 438-2922


Approved Institution

Illinois State University participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.