State Authorization Policies

State Authorizations

The US Department of Education requires that any institution offering distance education programs to students outside of its home state to acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Loyola University New Orleans is approved by Louisiana to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The reciprocity allows Loyola to offer its online programs in member states which include the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and all states except California and Massachusetts.

Currently, California and Massachusetts do not require registration of online programs without a physical presence. Loyola Licensure-Track Programs might require additional state authorization to operate in some states. Please see the School of Nursing web page for a listing of states from which applications are not currently being accepted.

Professional Licensure

SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Professional licensing information is found on the department webpages of those Loyola online programs that have state professional licensing requirements.

While every attempt is made to stay abreast of the laws in each state, it is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his or her home state to confirm whether or not the Loyola program will meet the state's licensure requirements. If you are an out-of-state student who is considering an online academic program that leads to professional licensure, we advise you to contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state before applying for or beginning your academic program.

Student Complaints

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