UT Arlington Center for Distance Education

State Authorization

Online education is an integral part of The University of Texas at Arlington’s program offerings, with many students participating in federal financial aid. Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and correspondence education providers.

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education State Authorization Regulations in Section 600.9 of the Oct. 29, 2010, final program integrity rule, The University of Texas System on behalf of The University of Texas Arlington has made a “good faith effort” in pursuing state authorization from all 54 states and territories within the U.S.

The UT System and UT Arlington are currently working cooperatively with higher education authorities in all states and other U.S. jurisdictions to ensure compliance with any other state and federal authorization requirements that govern the offering of online courses in those states, including complaint processes. The UT System and UT Arlington will continue to monitor developments in the jurisdictions in which it enrolls students, and, if authorization or licensure is or becomes necessary, it will obtain approvals.

State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)


As of December 11, 2015, the University of Texas at Arlington is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) 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.

These are the U.S. states and territories in which UT Arlington has written approval to offer online degrees through membership in SARA*, or do not regulate 100% online programs, or in which the approval is in process:

Approved: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

In Process: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

*Please Note: SARA approval does not extend to professional boards such as boards of nursing or education.  Students pursuing degrees in nursing and education or other professions need to check with the College of Nursing and Health Innovation or the College of Education or the college to which their particular program belongs in order to ascertain current program status in the various states.