Distance Education: State Authorization and Student Grievance Information
Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act includes regulations regarding the delivery of distance education to out-of-state residents.
The United States Department of Education (USDOE) requires that institutions comply with any applicable state approval or licensure requirements in each state to which distance education instruction is delivered. Some states require universities to seek approval before enrolling their residents, and the approval processes can be expensive and time intensive. Tarleton is working to obtain authorization to enroll students from other states. However, due to authorization and review processes associated with some states, we may be limited in our ability to accept some distance learning course enrollments.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the current status of your state with regard to this USDOE state authorization requirement. Depending on the status of your state of residence regarding this requirement, Tarleton State University may notify you that you are not eligible to register for Tarleton State University distance learning courses.
As a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), Tarleton may admit students who live in states that are members of NC-SARA. The member states and participation institutions are listed on the NC-SARA website.
Additionally, students have the right to file a complaint against an institution when these requirements are not followed or regarding the loss of tuition and fees as a result of an unfair business practice. Institutions must provide current and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting body and the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in a student’s state.
- Access student complaint information by state and agency.
- Access NC-SARA student complaint process flow chart.
Tarleton State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.
You may also file a complaint with Tarleton State University's regional accrediting agency, SACSCOC. Complete the Commission’s Complaint Form and send two print copies to the President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097.