State Authorization

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Approved Institution (NC-SARA abbreviation) is showing in a dark blue banner with the words Participating Institution showing below a white shield. Orange, dark blue, royal blue and burgundy lines create a box in the center of a shield and the abbreviations of MHEC, NEBHE, SREB and WICHE are listed at the top of the image.

Seminole State College seeks to deliver many of our online programs in a student's home state.

The State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement that allows states and institutions to offer distance education in other participating states so long as the institution adheres to certain quality and consumer protection standards.

Seminole State College  has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

As a SARA approved institution, we work to ensure that when authorization is necessary, required approvals are obtained. While we do monitor laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. Seminole State College is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all states, except California and Puerto Rico.

It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence. Though SARA authorizes Seminole State to offer its online programs in member states, there is the possibility that other state requirements not covered by SARA (e.g. state licensing boards) could necessitate restriction of access to certain programs in certain states. Please note that should you choose to enroll in a program in a particular state, there may be restrictions that could affect you. Examples may include:

  • you may be unable to sit for local licensing in that state
  • you may be ineligible for consumer protection that state
  • you may not be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, clerkship, etc.) in that state.

Any of the above listed items could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that state. Therefore, if you decide to enroll in any of Seminole State's programs, or if you move to a state where your program is restricted prior to completion of your studies, please be aware that you are taking a risk that you may not be able to complete or use any of the credit earned in that program should you decide to pursue licensing in that field in that state.

Note: the points listed above are not exhaustive. Please verify with your state's professional licensing board that your plans for study are not impacted.

Please email your questions about these restrictions to: