State Authorization

Find out about UMUC's authorization to offer education services throughout the United States.

As a Maryland public institution of higher education, University of Maryland University College is committed to operating in compliance with all state regulations for its distance education programs as well as its on-the-ground activities. These include UMUC's hybrid courses and student support services at various locations throughout the United States.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

National Council SARA Approved InstitutionThe National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) worked with various states to develop the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA allows participating colleges and universities to provide online courses and conduct certain activities outside of their home state without having to seek approval from state higher education regulatory entities. Forty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have joined SARA (SARA states). California has not. For more information, visit NC-SARA's website.

To become a member of SARA, the regional education board or compact and home state of an institution must approve participation in SARA. Maryland is an approved SARA state. In addition, the institution must be approved by NC-SARA. On June 7, 2016, NC-SARA approved institutional participation for UMUC.

Distance Education

UMUC is authorized to offer distance education in all SARA states and is offering distance education in compliance with all other states' laws. Because UMUC is authorized—or exempt from authorization—to offer distance education in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., a student who changes their state of residence should continue to be eligible for financial aid.

On-the-Ground Activities

UMUC is authorized to offer hybrid courses and/or provide student support services, such as enrollment or academic advising, through approval or exemption by the state higher education regulatory authority in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

Prospective and Current Student Complaints

Institutions of higher education are required to provide prospective and current students with contact information for relevant state entities tasked with complaint oversight. Find out more about complaint processes and contact information for relevant state entities.