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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.

Click for the latest on SREB's Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity Agreement (SECRRA) and National State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Click here to view the latest release of the SHEEO Compendium of State Regulations.

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.

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NOTICE

Northwestern State University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. All NSU's online programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For a complete listing of professional accreditation by program, click here.