The National Council for 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 (SARA). SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary education. Institutions that participate in 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 SARA and administered by four regional higher education compacts.

* SARA approval does not extend to professional licensing boards such as state boards of nursing or education. Students pursuing degrees in nursing and education or other professions leading to licensure should verify 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.

The following lists U.S. states and territories in which UT Arlington does and does not have approval to offer online degrees through participation in SARA (**or where non-profit public institutions offering online programming is not regulated).


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, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Not Approved:

American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands

Student Complaints

Student complaints relating to consumer protection laws offered under the terms and conditions of SARA, must first be filed with UTA to seek resolution.

The complaint process should begin with UTand if resolution is not found, the student can contact the Texas SARA Portal EntityAdditional information can be found in Section 4 of the SARA Manual.

* Provisions of the SARA Manual, including the resolution of student complaints, apply to interstate Distance Education offered by UTA to students in other SARA States. Only those Complaints resulting from Distance Education courses, activities and operations provided by UTA to students in other SARA States come under the coverage of SARA. Complaints about a SARA Institution’s in-state operations are to be resolved under the State’s normal provisions, not those of SARA. SARA does not cover professional licensing board approval for programs leading to state licensing in fields such as nursing, teacher education, psychology, etc.

SARA Student Complaint Process