State Authorizations

The U.S. Department of Education requires higher education institutions to obtain authorization for distance education instruction or programs provided in states other than their own. The University of Maryland, Baltimore's current authorization status for each state is listed in the chart below. If the University does not currently provide distance education in your state, or if your program of interest is excluded, please check back as authorization status information is updated periodically.   

Students enrolled in online programs must contact the University at or 410-706-1850 to discuss any change in their state of residence before relocation. Please be advised that continued enrollment cannot be guaranteed.

What is SARA?

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a national council and administered by four regional education compacts. For further information, please visit the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements website at

This list was last updated on Oct. 12, 2017.

Online Education Authorizations by State

(Mouse over each state and see table below for details)

SARA Authorized Authorized (Non-SARA) Pending/Not Authorized
State NameOnline Education AuthorizationState SARA Webpage
Alabama SARA State Page
Alaska SARA State Page
Arizona SARA State Page
Arkansas SARA State Page
California Approved  
Colorado SARA State Page
Connecticut SARA State Page
Delaware SARA State Page
Florida SARA State Page
Georgia SARA State Page
Hawaii SARA State Page 
Idaho SARA State Page
Illinois SARA State Page
Indiana SARA  State Page
Iowa  SARA State Page
Kansas  SARA State Page
Kentucky  SARA State Page
Louisiana SARA State Page
Maine SARA State Page
Maryland SARA  State Page
Massachusetts  SARA State Page
Michigan  SARA  State Page
Minnesota  SARA  State Page
Mississippi SARA  State Page
Missouri  SARA  State Page
Montana  SARA  State Page
Nebraska  SARA  State Page
Nevada SARA State Page
New Hampshire SARA State Page
New Jersey  SARA  State Page
New Mexico  SARA  State Page
New York  SARA  State Page
North Carolina  SARA State Page
North Dakota SARA  State Page
Ohio  SARA  State Page
Oklahoma  SARA  State Page
Oregon  SARA  State Page
Pennsylvania  SARA  State Page
Puerto Rico SARA State Page
Rhode Island SARA State Page
South Carolina  SARA  State Page
South Dakota  SARA  State Page 
Tennessee  SARA  State Page
Texas  SARA  State Page
Utah SARA  State Page
Vermont  SARA  State Page
Virginia  SARA  State Page
Washington SARA  State Page
West Virginia  SARA  State Page
Wisconsin  SARA  State Page
Wyoming  SARA  State Page
District of Columbia  SARA  State Page


Student Complaints

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students should first attempt to resolve complaints with the appropriate UMB offices. Students who have exhausted internal complaint procedures and remain unsatisfied may contact the appropriate agency in the state in which they currently reside.

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) maintains a list of contact information for the relevant state agencies for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. States, through the appropriate agencies, will accept complaints from students who are residents whether or not an institution authorized or required to be authorized in that state.

This list is not a list of the agencies regulating UMB. Nor is it a list of the states in which UMB is authorized or a list of the states where UMB is required to be authorized.

Please see SHEEO's website at the link below.