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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.

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 nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions.

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





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