What is SARA?
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs in other member states. SARA is overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA); Kentucky's participation is through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).
Eligibility for SARA
Kentucky institutions seeking approval to participate in SARA must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a public institution created by Kentucky statute or licensed to operate in Kentucky as an in-state institution.
- Be accredited as a degree-granting institution of higher education by an accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- If a private institution, possess a documented composite score of at least 1.5 out of 3.0 on the U.S. Department of Education financial stability scale.
Institutions not satisfying all three of the above conditions are not eligible to apply to SARA membership.
How to apply for SARA
Kentucky institutions seeking authorization to participate in SARA apply directly to the Council. To request more information about the application process, please contact SARA@ky.gov.
The Council has established the following fee structure for participating Kentucky institutions, according to annual FTE enrollment. For fee calculation, colleges and universities must use student enrollment data as reported to IPEDS. Payment is due at the time of application submission to the Council.
- Under 2, 500: $3,000
- 2,500 - 9,999: $5,000
- 10,000 or more: $7,000
Please note that fees for Kentucky SARA are separate from the national level, or NC-SARA. Applying institutions will receive a link directly from NC-SARA to complete the registration process. Once completed, institutions will receive NC-SARA's invoice for the national fee.
Contact information for questions
Executive Director of Postsecondary Licensing
Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320
Frankfort, KY 40601