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Eligibility For Online Programs by State of Residence

Due to amendments to the federal Higher Education Act, all institutions offering online education must obtain direct or reciprocal approval from each state in which it is not physically located if it wishes to provide residents of those states with online education.

NC-SARA Authorized State LogoThe University of Northern Colorado has been approved by Colorado to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Through this membership, we adhere to established standards for distance higher education and are authorized to serve students from all NC-SARA participating states.

UNC has also obtained direct authorization in additional states that are not participating in SARA.

Through all of these approvals, we CAN serve students from 47 states.

States from Which We Cannot Accept Any Applications for Online Programs

At this time the University of Northern Colorado is unable to accept students for online courses or programs from the following states. If you reside in one of the states below, and would like to encourage your state to become a member of NC-SARA please contact your representative.

We can not currently accept online students from:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts