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State Authorizations

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 14, 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. At this time, 48 of the 50 United States are SARA members, however, FIU is individually approved to offer online programs in the remaining two non-SARA states of California and Massachusetts. 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

Professional Licensure

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.

Distance Education Complaint Process (FL-SARA PRDEC Council)

Effective January 2018, out-of-state distance education students participating under SARA, who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process, may appeal non-instructional complaints to the FL-SARA PRDEC Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the FL-SARA Complaint Process page.

State Partnerships

FIU maintains several partnerships with organizations to help increase access to online education for all students. Whether it’s starting or finishing a degree, we want students to achieve their goals.

Complete Florida

Complete Florida is a statewide initiative sponsored by the Florida legislature to recruit and retain the state's 2.2 million adults with some college and no degree. With a partnership of eleven public and private higher education institutions near you in Florida, Complete Florida encourages adult learners to return to school with a focus on completion and connection to careers.

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Florida Virtual Campus

The Florida Virtual Campus works with the state's 12 universities, 28 colleges and other partners to help students succeed in school and life after graduation. Their online, one-stop-shop allows students to check their transcripts, register for an online course at their institution or another school, and search libraries across the state.

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