As an institution that has students residing across the United States, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), is required to obtain state approval to operate (state authorization) based on the activities it conducts in a state.
In some states SNHU is exempt from seeking approval to operate as some state regulations allow for institutions that meet specific criteria to apply for an exemption in lieu of approval to operate.
While in other states SNHU has SARA approval to operate. SARA, 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: http://nc-sara.org/content/basic-questions-about-sara#what.
Updated: January 2017