State Authorization for Online Programs

Students seeking to enroll in an online program who reside outside the state of Kansas, but within the United States, should check the University's authorization status below.

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.

Understanding State Authorization

Wichita State University is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) institution and is authorized to offer online courses and programs to students who reside in the SARA states.

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

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 eligibility for students of that state to receive federal financial aid.


State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Initiative

Wichita State University was approved as a SARA institution on January 14, 2015.

The state of Kansas was approved as a SARA state on November 17, 2014. The Kansas Board of Regents will serve as the portal agency for Kansas SARA.

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.

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



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



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