NC-SARA State Authorization

State authorization is the process which ensures that legislative and regulatory requirements are met in all the states where University of Mary Washington students are located. Virginia is a member state participating in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and the University of Mary Washington is an institutional partner in the NC-SARA initiative. As a result, UMW programs are available to students in U.S. states and territories that participate in NC-SARA.

To learn more about NC-SARA, please visit the organization’s website.

Complete state and territory information regarding UMW’s authorization to provide distance education can be found below.




Commission on Higher Ed (ACHE)

Private School Licensure

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
American Samoa*^
Arizona Board for Private Postsecondary Education
California* Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
Connecticut Office of Higher Education
Delaware Department of Education
District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission
Florida Commission for Independent Education
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
Hawaii Post-secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP)
Idaho Private Colleges and Proprietary Schools
Illinois Board of Higher Education

Department for Workforce Development

Board for Proprietary Education

Commission of Higher Education

Iowa College Student Aid Commission
Kansas Board of Regents

Commission on Postsecondary Education

Council on Proprietary Education

Louisiana Board of Regents
Maine Department of Education
Marshall Islands*^
Maryland Higher Education Commission

Department of Higher Education (DHE)

Division of Private Occupational School Education

Michigan  Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 
Minnesota  Office of Higher Education

Commission on College Accreditation

Office of Proprietary Schools

Missouri Department of Higher Education
Montana Board of Regents 
Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education 
Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
New Hampshire Department of Education
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
New Mexico Higher Education Department
New York Office of College and University Evaluation
North Carolina

Board of Governors

Office of Proprietary School Service

North Dakota

University System

Career and Technical Education Office 

Northern Mariana Islands*^

Department of Higher Education

Board of Career Colleges and Schools


Regents for Higher Education

Board of Private Schools

Board of Career and Technology Education 

Oregon Department of Education
Puerto Rico Consejo de Educacion de Puerto Rico (Google translate is available)
Republic of Palau*^
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
South Dakota Secretary of State
Tennessee  Higher Education Commission

Higher Education Coordinating Board

Texas Workforce Commission

U.S. Virgin Islands University of the Virgin Islands
Utah Division of Consumer Protection
Vermont Agency of Education
Virginia Private Postsecondary Education

Student Achievement Council 

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board 

West Virginia

Higher Education Policy Commission

Council for Community and Technical College Ed 

Wisconsin Education Approval Board
Wyoming Private School Licensing
* Not a SARA State
^ The University of Mary Washington does not have physical presence as defined by the regulations in the U.S. territories. Therefore, UMW is in compliance to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of the U.S. territories.