Welcome to Northwestern State University's State Approval Website for Online Degree Programs

Here you will find information on institutional accreditation, complaint processes, and state authorization. The map below shows where NSU is authorized to offer online courses and online degree programs.  The Office of Electronic and Continuing Education at NSU is working diligently to comply with every state's regulations to allow students from all states to enroll in our online programs.

Northwestern State University participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)




State Authorization -- An Introduction

On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released new "program integrity" regulations. One of the regulations focused on the need for institutions offering distance or correspondence education to acquire authorization from any state in which it "operates." This authorization is required to maintain eligibility for students of that state to receive federal financial aid. Institutions have until July 1, 2014, to have obtained the appropriate approvals. Meanwhile, institutions are required to demonstrate a 'good faith' effort to comply in each state in which it serves students. 

State regulations predate the federal regulation and remain in effect. States with regulations expect that institutions already be in compliance with their regulations before serving any students in their state.

SARA Licensure Disclosure

If you are an out-of-state student who is considering an online academic program that leads to professional licensure, we advise you to contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state before beginning your academic program. Selected concentrations within the programs listed below may not meet the professional licensure requirements for your state.

Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Science in Nursing, Education

For licensing board contact information, see below:

U.S. Department of Education

Association of Social Work Boards

National Council of State Boards of Nursing