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State Authorizations

Florida International University is a participating institution in 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.

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, 49 of the 50 United States are SARA members, however, FIU is individually approved to offer online programs in the non-SARA state of California. 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 or Certification

Under Federal Regulations 34 CFR 668.43 (a)(5)(v) & 34 CFR 668.43(c), FIU is required to notify you that some majors lead to fields in which state regulated professional licensure or certification may be available. All programs at FIU that prepare students to obtain licensure or certification meet the licensing requirements in the state of Florida. Requirements for state licensure or certification can vary by state. If you have an interest in pursuing licensure or certification outside the state of Florida, we highly recommend that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency in your state or the state where you intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before beginning the program. If at any time you change your major to a program that leads to a field in which state regulated professional licensure or certification is required you will be notified in writing by FIU.

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.

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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