FIU State Authorization Status

FIU is currently authorized, licensed, exempt, not subject to approval or is permitted to accept students to most distance education programs in all 50 states.

*NEWS**: Florida International University is now an institutional participant in NC-SARA

Florida recently joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) compact. SARA establishes standards for distance learning for all participating states and institutions. The Florida State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (FL-SARA) agency has been established to authorize and regulate Florida institutions.

As of December 14th, 2017, Florida International University is approved by FL-SARA to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states.  States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and administered by four regional higher education compacts. For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, please visit


SACSCOC Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges - Regional Accreditation

Florida International University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida International University. General inquiries about FIU, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the appropriate FIU department and not to the Commission's office. For information about the SACSCOC or the accreditation process, visit the SACSCOC website.


If you are not a resident of Florida, and you are considering an online course or program leading to professional licensure, FIU cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Please contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state to request information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of your state.