Distance Education Regulations

State Authorization


The University of Oregon makes our online programs and courses available to students in every state. Regulations implemented as an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 impact State Authorization regulations pertaining to online education. To ensure that we comply with these regulations, the University of Oregon is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Under this membership the University is authorized to provide online courses to residents of all member states. States and US territories that are members of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) agree to impose no additional fees on institutions from SARA member states. As of September 2017, all states except for California and Massachusetts were members of SARA; the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico were not members of SARA. Participation in SARA is intended to enable students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions in states in which they are not physically present. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the University of Oregon of a change in physical presence.

Regulatory Requirements for Non-SARA States


The University of Oregon does not require approval to provide online education in California.


Because it does not have a physical presence in the state, the University of Oregon does not require approval from the Massachusetts Board of Education to provide online education in Massachusetts, as long as internships are not conducted in the state of Massachusetts. Due to the prohibitive costs associated with internships in Massachusetts, the University of Oregon does not authorize internships in this state.

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