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State Authorization and Professional Licensure or Certification Information

The University of North Florida is required to disclose information about its institutional compliance with state laws and regulations for delivering distance education programs outside of Florida. This page provides both current and prospective students with

  • information about UNF's authority to operate in other states,
  • important disclosures and processes for filing complaints, and
  • information about professional licensure by state.

State Authorization

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements - Approved Institution logoStates have authority to regulate institutions offering postsecondary education within their borders, including distance education.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. To comply with State Authorization requirements, UNF collects data regarding state location at time of initial registration and when a student submits an online request to change his/her primary physical location.

Florida is a member of the national State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) compact. NC-SARA establishes standards for distance learning for all participating states and institutions. The Florida State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (FL-SARA) agency has been established to authorize and regulate Florida institutions. The University of North Florida has been approved by FL-SARA to participate in NC-SARA.

Institutional Accreditation

The University of North Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Student Complaints

The University has a process for, and will make every attempt to resolve, student complaints within its academic and administrative departments at the program level. Visit the Student Complaints and Appeals web page for information and procedures for resolving complaints.

Distance Education students from SARA states, who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process, may appeal non-instructional complaints to the FL-SARA Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating (PRDEC) Council from the “FL-SARA Complaints” tab on the Student Complaints and Appeals page.

Additionally, the University maintains a Consumer Information disclosure page to provide consumer information to prospective and enrolled students and their families.

Residents of California: As a resident of a non-SARA state, if you have a complaint about the administration of a UNF distance learning program, contact the appropriate authority in California from the list below. 

Professional Licensure or Certification

If you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure or certification, at this time, UNF cannot determine if our programs meet the licensing requirements in every state. Please contact the appropriate licensing agency in those other states (see the list below) to request information and additional guidance before beginning or continuing a program that leads to licensure or certification.

For a list of UNF’s distance learning programs, visit the DL Programs Page.

* indicates UNF authorization to operate under NC-SARA


Licensure Information by State