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State Authorizations

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.

STATE STATUS
Alabama SARA
Alaska SARA
Arizona SARA & APPROVAL TO OPERATE
Arkansas SARA
California EXEMPT
Colorado SARA
Connecticut SARA
Delaware SARA
District of Columbia SARA
Florida SARA
Georgia SARA
Hawaii SARA
Idaho SARA
Illinois SARA
Indiana SARA
Iowa SARA
Kansas SARA
Kentucky SARA
Louisiana SARA & APPROVAL TO OPERATE
Maine SARA
Maryland SARA
Massachusetts SARA
Michigan SARA
Minnesota SARA
Mississippi SARA
Missouri SARA
Montana SARA
Nebraska SARA
Nevada SARA
New Hampshire SARA & APPROVAL TO OPERATE
New Jersey SARA
New Mexico SARA
New York SARA
North Carolina SARA
North Dakota SARA
Ohio SARA
Oklahoma SARA
Oregon SARA
Pennsylvania SARA
Rhode Island SARA
South Carolina SARA
South Dakota SARA
Tennessee SARA
Texas SARA
Utah SARA
Vermont SARA & APPROVAL TO OPERATE
Virginia SARA
Washington SARA
West Virginia SARA
Wisconsin SARA
Wyoming SARA
U.S. TERRITORIES:  
Guam EXEMPT
Puerto Rico SARA
U.S. Virgin Islands SARA

Updated:  July 2019

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.