State Authorization

State Authorization allows Regis University to legally offer educational activities, including on-ground experiences like internships and clinicals, outside Colorado. Authorization requirements for out-of-state activities vary by state and program. At Regis University, we work with various entities to ensure we research and meet state regulations, seek and maintain program approvals, and communicate and disclose information to help you succeed no matter where you may decide to live both while studying and then pursuing your career goals.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to increase access to distance education courses and programs while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. Institutions participating in SARA can offer educational opportunities in all 49 SARA member states, districts, and territories  without seeking separate approvals. 

Regis University was approved as an institutional SARA participant in 2015. Participation expands educational opportunities for students nationwide and reduces the cost to offer Regis University programs nationally. 

SARA establishes national standards for offering interstate education, but additional approvals may be required for programs that lead to professional licensure or programs placing more than 10 students at a field experience site in a SARA state. To learn more about SARA, visit

Regis University is authorized to offer out-of-state educational activities in all 50 states. (Please see program specific exceptions below.)

SARA Authorization

Regis University participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which allows Regis to offer courses and programs in all SARA member states, territories, and districts. 

Non-SARA States

Regis University also may offer courses or programs to students located in states that have not joined SARA:
California: The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education does not require out-of-state non-profit accredited institutions to register with them. Therefore, Bureau approval for Regis University to offer distance education in California is not required.

Program Exceptions

Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside and/or do clinical in any of these states while pursuing RN-BSN, MS Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate, or DNP education through any of our distance learning formats. 

Kentucky | Louisiana | New York | North Dakota | Oregon (APRN only) 


Student Complaint Information

Regis University Complaint Process 

Students enrolled in a Regis University course who have a complaint about a course or experience should follow Regis University’s Student Complaints Policy.
SARA State Complaint Process

Students enrolled in a course that takes place outside Colorado in a SARA member state must first follow Regis University’s Student Complaints Policy for the resolution of complaints. If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of that process, a complaint involving allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity, including the provision of false or misleading information, may be brought to the Colorado SARA portal entity. The SARA portal entity in the state where the student is located will be notified that the complaint was received and may assist as needed. Resolution of the complaint by the Colorado SARA portal entity is final. Please note that grade appeals and student conduct appeals are not allowed under SARA. 
Non-SARA State Complaints 

Students participating in a course that takes place in a non-SARA state may file a complaint with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, or may file a complaint in the state where the student is located:

California: A complaint may be filed by writing to the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) or calling DCA’s Consumer Information Center (CIC) at:

California Department of Consumer Affairs
Consumer Information Center
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N-112
Sacramento, California 95834
Telephone: (833) 942-1120

For more information, you may also go to the DCA website.

Program Specific Authorization

Regis University programs that lead to a professional license or certification in Colorado may not meet eligibility requirements for a license or certificate in another state. If you are planning to seek professional licensure or certification outside Colorado, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification prior to enrollment at Regis University. A list of licensing entities by state is below.

If your program leads to a professional license or certification, authorization may or may not be required from the state professional licensing board prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in a state other than Colorado. Check with your program's internship or clinical coordinator with questions about state professional licensure board requirements prior to beginning an internship or field experience in another state. 

Due to regulatory requirements in Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, and North Dakota, Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside and/or do clinical in any of these states while pursuing RN-BSN, MS Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate, or DNP education through any of our distance learning formats. Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing is also unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside and/or do clinical in the state of Oregon for the APRN program.  


Alabama Commission on Higher Education
PO Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36130-2000

Alaska Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007


Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
114 East Capitol Ave
Little Rock, AR 72201
Grievance Form


California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
W. Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Grievance Form


Colorado Department of Higher Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202


The Office of Financial & Academic Affairs for Higher Education
61 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105-2326


Delaware Department of Education
Higher Education Office
John G. Townsend Building
401 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Education Licensure Commission
810 First Street, NE
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002


Florida Commission on Independent Education
325 W. Gaines Street
Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400


Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 E. Exchange Pl. #220
Tucker, GA 30084-5334
Grievance Form


Hawaii State Board of Education
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804


Idaho State Board of Education
650 West State Street
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037


Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1404
Complaint Hotline: 217.557.7359


Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education
Attn: Director of Regulatory Compliance
302 W Washington Street, Room E201
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Iowa College Aid
603 E. 12th Street, 5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319


Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1368


Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Dr. #320
Frankfort, KY 40601-7512


Louisiana Board of Regents
PO Box 3677
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677


Maine Department of Education
Complaint Investigator
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023


Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place
Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108


Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth
Office of Postsecondary Services Proprietary School Unit Staff
201 N. Washington Sq.
Lansing, MI 48913


Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108


Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Grievance Form


Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson Street
PO Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469
Grievance Form


Montana University System
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway
PO Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201


Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
PO Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005


Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
3663 East Sunset Road
Suite 202
Las Vegas, Nevada 89120

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Higher Education Commission
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3494

New Jersey

State of New Jersey
PO Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625

New Mexico

New Mexico Higher Education Department
2048 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505

New York

New York Office of College and University Evaluation
New York State Education Department
5 North Mezzanine
Albany, NY 12234

North Carolina

The University of North Carolina General Administration
Post-secondary Education Complaints
c/o Assistance Director of Licensure and Workforce Studies
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
State Capitol - 15th Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave. Dept. 270
Bismarck, ND 58505-0610


Ohio Board of Regents
30 East Broad Street, 36th floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3414


Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway
Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104


Oregon Office of Degree Authorization
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401


Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education
PO Box 1900
San Juan, PR 00910-1900

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education
Shepard Building
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

South Carolina

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
Grievance Form

South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Regents
306 E. Capitol Ave, Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501-2545


Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243


Texas Workforce Commission
Career Schools and Colleges
101 East 15th Street, Room 226-T
Austin, TX 78778-0001
Grievance Form

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
1200 E. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752


Utah Division of Consumer Protection
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111


Vermont Department of Education
State Board of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501


State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
101 N. 14th St., 9th Floor
James Monroe Building
Richmond, VA 23219
Grievance Form


Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
917 Lakeridge Way
PO Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430

West Virginia

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Blvd E., Ste 700
Charleston, WV 25301-2800


Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
201 W. Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 8696
Madison, WI 53708 - 8696


Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050

If you are an international student interested in enrolling in an online program, please note: 

Countries may or may not regulate education provided to students in their jurisdiction, requiring higher education institutions to comply with their regulations. At this time, Regis University cannot guarantee that a program meets the curriculum requirements in your country. 

International students interested in enrolling in Regis University's degree programs should review the Admission Guidelines to verify eligibility.