State Authorization

State Distance Education Regulation Approval

The United States Government and individual states mandate that higher education institutions offering distance or correspondence education have the approval of each state to operate in that state. Valdosta State University is working in good-faith to obtain authorization in all states. However not all states may have granted authorization, so we strongly recommend that our prospective distance education students contact either the VSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the VSU Graduate School to determine whether VSU is authorized to provide Postsecondary education in your state.


The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.  If you would like to know more please visit the National Council or State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements website. 

States approved (where NC-SARA applies)

Benefits to students

Professional Licensure Disclosures

Consumer Information and Complaint Contacts

Valdosta State University is committed to providing the best student experience with clear and concise information available to you. Our Consumer Information page provides details about various administrative areas that students may utilize during their educational pursuits.