State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

St. Kate's complies with regulations for educational activity held in other states.

State Authorization

St. Catherine University is required to comply with any state regulations before educational activity can take place within that state. The regulations for any given state and St. Kate’s ability to comply with them determine whether St. Kate’s may offer you enrollment in a course or program. Educational activities that are regulated include offering 100% online courses and programs, and online and/or campus-based courses that include activities such as internships, externships, field experiences, student teaching and clinical placements.

St. Kate’s participates in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Minnesota became a SARA state in January, 2015 and St. Catherine University became a SARA Institution in March, 2015, allowing students from NC-SARA approved states* to enroll in:

  • Online degree programs that may or may not include internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences
  • Campus-based programs with out-of-state internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences

Students from non-SARA states may also enroll in online degree programs that may include lab skills and internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences. For all students, California, Virginia, and Texas are currently the only states where lab requirements may be completed.

*Although California does not belong to SARA, St. Kate’s is approved to enroll students from this state.

View Map of SARA States

Online Degree Programs

St. Catherine’s online programs that do/do not include internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences are available to students in all SARA states and in California.

 

Courses within Campus-Based Programs with Out-of-State Student Activities

St. Kate’s has a number of campus-based programs that may offer out-of-state internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences to students. These experiences may be offered to students in all SARA states, and additionally in California.

State Status

for St. Kate's Courses and Programs

As a SARA institution, St. Catherine University is able to enroll residents from SARA states in all programs and in all courses with on-ground educational experiences. Please select a state below to check St. Kate’s status.

Status
Alabama is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Alabama in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager 
Institutional Licensing and Registration 
Minnesota Office of Higher Education 
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 
St. Paul, MN 55108 
651-259-3965

Status
Alaska is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Alaska in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager 
Institutional Licensing and Registration 
Minnesota Office of Higher Education 
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 
St. Paul, MN 55108 
651-259-3965

Status
Arizona is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Arizona in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager 
Institutional Licensing and Registration 
Minnesota Office of Higher Education 
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 
St. Paul, MN 55108 
651-259-3965

Status
Arkansas is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Arkansas in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager 
Institutional Licensing and Registration 
Minnesota Office of Higher Education 
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 
St. Paul, MN 55108 
651-259-3965

Status: St. Kate’s is not required to seek approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and can offer 100% online programs to residents of California with no restrictions.

Internships, externships, and clinical placements and labs are permitted in CA for online and campus-based courses and programs.

Student Complaint Process Contact:
California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
PO Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Email
Filing a Complaint

Status
Colorado is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Colorado in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Connecticut is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Connecticut in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Delaware is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Delaware in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Florida is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Florida in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Georgia is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Georgia in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Hawaii is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Hawaii in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Idaho is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Idaho in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Illinois is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Illinois in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Indiana is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Indiana in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Iowa is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Iowa in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Kansas is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Kansas in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Kentucky is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Kentucky in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Louisiana is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Louisiana in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Maine is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Maine in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Maryland is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Maryland in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Massachusetts is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Massachusetts in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Michigan is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Michigan in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Minnesota is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Minnesota in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Mississippi is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Mississippi in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Missouri is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Missouri in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Montana is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Montana in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Nebraska is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Nebraska in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Nevada is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Nevada in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
New Hampshire is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of New Hampshire in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
New Jersey is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of New Jersey in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
New Mexico is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of New Mexico in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
New York is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of New York in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
North Carolina is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of North Carolina in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
North Dakota is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of North Dakota in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Ohio is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Ohio in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Oklahoma is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Oklahoma in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Oregon is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Oregon in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Pennsylvania is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Pennsylvania in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Puerto Rico is a SARA territory. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Puerto Rico in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Rhode Island is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Rhode Island in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
South Carolina is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of South Carolina in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
South Dakota is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of South Dakota in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Tennessee is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Tennessee in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
St. Kate’s is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to offer clinical sites and lab sites to students of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Students wanting to file a complaint against St. Catherine should exhaust all of St. Kate’s complaint or grievance procedures before going to the THECB. View St. Kate’s Complaint Policy.

If after going through St. Kate’s procedures, a student still wants to file a complaint with the THECB, they should go to the THECB student complaints website. Forms and a description of the student complaint process can be found there.

In addition, the rules governing student complaints – Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code, sections 1.110-1120.

Status
Utah is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Utah in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Vermont is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Vermont in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Virginia is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Virginia in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Washington is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Washington in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Washington D.C. is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Washington D.C. in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
West Virginia is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of West Virginia in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Wisconsin is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Wisconsin in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Wyoming is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Wyoming in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

FAQ

States expect institutions to obtain approval for regulated activities that occur in their state. These activities may include; online learning, practical experiences, faculty teaching from another state, marketing, advertising, and more. The requirements as to which activities require authorization, the application processes, and the costs to comply vary greatly from state-to-state.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued a regulation tying an institution's ability to offer federal financial aid in a state to the institution being authorized in the student's state. The regulation, 34 CFR 600.9 (c), was subsequently "vacated" by federal court ruling and therefore unenforceable. Regardless of the status of the federal regulation, institutions are legally obligated to comply with the laws and regulations of the states where the institution participates in regulated activities.

If the institution is conducting any one of a list of “trigger” activities (e.g. advertising in local media, using direct advertising, requiring local proctors, employing faculty, marketing, or conducting experiential learning

in the state), you could be required to comply.The definition of "presence" and the list of “trigger” activities is at the discretion of each state and varies greatly from state-to-state.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) established uniform standards for physical presence. Minnesota became a SARA state in January 2015, and St. Catherine University became a SARA institution in March 2015. Through reciprocity, an institution authorized under SARA in its home state would be considered authorized in all other SARA states. Currently, 47 states are SARA members. The only non-SARA state is California.

There are a range of possible penalties for noncompliance with state authorization laws and regulations. They include but are not limited to:

  • Cease and desist letters/orders from state regulators
  • Forced “teach-outs” where the state allows the student currently receiving education in their state to finish but does not allow any other students from the university to attend without authorization
  • Possible fines and institutional sanctions, e.g., institutional enrollment freezes
  • Lawsuits
  • Domino effect with accreditors
  • Damaged reputation!

Contact Kathy Mills at 651-690-7751 or kamills@stkate.edu.

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