Every state has the authority to regulate which postsecondary institutions offer education within its boundaries, including online programs and courses. The need to seek state authorization for online learning depends on a combination of each state’s laws and the activities that a course, program or institution is conducting in that state.  

UNC Charlotte is NOT authorized in the following state; therefore, educational activities may be prohibited in this state at this time. Please note, this information is subject to change. Contact stateauthDE@uncc.edu with questions.

  • Massachusetts

UNC Charlotte offers distance programs in the non-SARA states of California and Florida pursuant to state exemptions.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories in the United States, which establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to simplify the process of taking online courses for credit offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a national council (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional education compacts.

UNC Charlotte was approved to participate in NC-SARA and was accepted as a SARA institution on September 7, 2017.