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What are institutions nationwide doing about state authorization?

Learn more about the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

Is your state joining SARA? Check here.

Warning: Find your State!

If you do not reside a state where WSU has authorization, we cannot admit you to our online programs. Please find your state on the map below and check our current authorization status.

Why?

Because, The U.S. Department of Education Program Integrity Rules requires all institutions of higher education to be in compliance with state laws in all states where they offer distance or correspondence education. This authorization is required to maintain elegibility for students of that state to receive federal financial aid.

Rollover your state to see current status, and click for more information.
Yellow=States where WSU is fully authorized to provide distance education.
Orange=States where WSU is authorized to provide limited programs.
Blue=States where WSU is not yet authorized.
 
 

What WSU is Doing

Wichita State University is authorized to offer online courses and programs to students who reside in the states listed below, and colored in yellow on the map.

The states colored orange are those where our online programs are limited. RN to BSN students from these states cannot be admitted as the program is not yet approved in these states.

The states colored blue are those that we are actively working to gain information and requirements to become authorized.

There is a confusing patchwork of state laws, which are constantly changing. The laws vary by state, and vary based on factors such as faculty residence or facility use. There are some state that don't regulate distance education at all. Please contact The Office of Online Learning and inquire about the status of your state as our research efforts are constant and ongoing.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Initiative

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA, www.nc- sara.org) is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The initiative is administered by the country’s four regional higher education compacts: the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and overseen by NC-SARA. States and institutions that choose to participate agree to operate under common standards and procedures, providing a more uniform and less costly regulatory environment for institutions, more focused oversight responsibilities for states and better resolution of student complaints.

Click here to learn more about the evolution of SARA.

Kansas is part of the MHEC, and the Kansas Board of Regents has submitted its application for Kansas to join MHEC-SARA. Once the Kansas Board of Regents membership has been approved, WSU will join and will become a SARA institution.

Click here for more information and updates about state status regarding SARA.

 

Student Complaints

For information on how to determine the appropriate complaint or grievance procedure for initiating a complaint against Wichita State University, see the Distance Education/Complaint Information page.

If you have any questions about State Authorization please contact the Office of Online Learning at 316-978-7757 or online@wichita.edu

if you are military personnel, please use this guide and system after you have followed WSU's institutional complaint process, DOD Postsecondary Complaint System

 

International Students

USCIS regulations allow students residing in the United States with an F-1 visa status to count one distance learning class towards their class requirement minimum. Distance learning courses are courses that do “...not require the student’s physical attendance for classes, examinations or other purposes integral to completion of the class...” Because of these regulations, students residing in the U.S. with an F-1 visa are not eligible for online programs. If you have questions regarding this definition, please contact the Office of International Education 316-978-3232 or international@wichita.edu

 

WSU Admissions

Ready to apply to Wichita State University? Click here to begin the application process:

WSU Undergraduate Admissions.

(Be sure to choose the Freshman or Transfer options. The online option will take you back to this page.)