State Authorization Policies

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, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all states except California.

Currently, California does 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 State Authorizations list for a list of states from which the School of Nursing is not currently accepting applications. If you have additional questions about state authorizations for your desired online program, you can speak with one of our dedicated enrollment specialists at 1-844-490-6766.

*SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. If you are interested in a Loyola course or program potentially leading to professional licensure, you will work with a Loyola admissions counselor or academic advisor to determine that the course or program meets the credentialing requirements. While every attempt is made to stay abreast of the laws in each state and to keep students informed as to whether program offerings actually meet state licensing requirements, we advise out-of-state students 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. We have compiled a State Professional and Occupational Licensing Agencies list for your reference.

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