State Authorization

Distance Learning State Authorization

State regulations require legal authorization for post-secondary institutions to offer distance degrees, certificates, and courses, to students who live outside the institution's home state. This may also include online or campus based courses that include activities such as internships, externships, co-ops, field experiences, student teaching, and clinical placements in state's outside of the institution's home state.

FSU is an approved institutional member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA).  We became a member in August 2016. Membership in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses/programs offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.  For more information about SARA, including the states currently participating in the agreement, visit

SARA membership allows FSU to accept students from states outside of Maryland as long as they are SARA approved states.  Students who reside in states which are not currently SARA authorized ( Florida, Massachusetts, or California) should contact the SARA representative to discuss eligibility for admission prior to application.  Also note that students living outside of Maryland in SARA approved states wishing to join programs which lead to professional licensure or certification should contact the FSU SARA representative prior to application to determine whether the FSU program of study and required online courses meet the requirements for licensure or certification in that state. FSU Programs delivered fully online at FSU which require state licensure/certification body approval may include:

  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Nursing
For Information Contact
Dr. Vickie Mazer, Director of Graduate Services

Once admitted, students wishing to take online courses or enroll in a degree program must also contact the University SARA representative to discuss any change in state of residence prior to relocation. Please be advised that continued enrollment cannot be guaranteed if a student moves to a state in which FSU is not authorized to offer distance education programs.

Frostburg State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Courses Within Campus-Based Programs With Out-of-State Student Activities

Students participating in FSU campus-based programs that require or offer internships, externship, co-ops, field experiences, student teaching, or clinical placements should check with the SARA representative to determine eligibility.

FSU Approved States for Online Programs

The chart below provides an overview of each state in which FSU is able to accept students for programs and courses provided by online delivery. Please note that in some states, programs which require internships or practicum are not part of the state authorization and, as a result, students in the programs which require internships, practicum, clinical placements and/or licensure/certification should check with FSU's SARA representative to verify eligibility: Dr. Vickie Mazer, 301.687.7053,

Please note FSU is a SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Approval) institution.


States/Territory Approved
Alabama  x
Alaska x
American Samoa NA
Arizona x
Arkansas x
California NO
Colorado x
Connecticut x
District of Columbia x
Delaware x
Florida NO
Georgia x
Hawaii x
Idaho x
Illinois x
Indiana x
Iowa x
Kansas x
Kentucky x
Louisiana x
Maine x
Massachusetts NO
Michigan x
Minnesota x
Mississippi x
Missouri x
Montana x
Nebraska x
Nevada x
New Hampshire x
New Jersey x
New Mexico  
New York x
North Carolina x
North Dakota x
Ohio x
Oklahoma x
Oregon X
Pennsylvania x
Puerto Rico NO
Rhode Island x
South Carolina x
South Dakota x
Tennessee x
Texas x
Utah x
Vermont x
Virginia x
Virgin Islands x
Washington x
West Virginia  x
Wisconsin x
Wyoming x