State Authorization

The University of Kentucky is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) via the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a national initiative that allows members to provide online courses to students located in other states while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies via a streamlined process. Specifically, member states, districts and territories have established comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.


As a member of NC-SARA, the University of Kentucky shares a distance learning reciprocity with 47 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, the University of Kentucky is presently exempt from authorization in the three states that have not yet joined SARA: California, Florida, and Massachusetts, thus, students may matriculate at the University of Kentucky from those locations.


Finally, as part of SARA and other federal regulations, the University of Kentucky has a complaint process in place for students. The student concerns page is located at Student Concerns and Complaints.