State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

State Authorization

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions offering distance education to students outside the institution’s home state to be authorized in the students’ state of residence. Illinois is a SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) state. SARA is a voluntary organization that makes it easier for students to take distance education courses from institutions in other states by establishing standards that member institutions agree to follow. College of DuPage joined SARA in 2018. Current SARA states are:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Please note California is not a SARA state, therefore College of DuPage is not authorized to provide distance education to California residents.

Complaint Process

College of DuPage is committed to serving all students fairly and has policies in place to facilitate timely and positive resolutions to student concerns. Should you have an issue with a course you are taking at COD, view the Student Grievance Policy and Procedure.

If you are an online student and feel that your complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved through College of DuPage's grievance process, you may contact the Illinois Community College Board, which can address a complaint on the student's behalf. Out-of-state students taking online courses through College of DuPage should attempt to resolve issues with the College first, but if a resolution cannot be found, students can file a complaint with the following state agencies:

Alabama

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

P.O. Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36130-2000 
(334) 242-1998

Alabama Community College System

135 South Union St.
Montgomery, AL 36104-4340 
(334) 293-4500

Alabama Office of the Secretary of the State 

P.O. Box 5616 
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
(334) 242-7221

Alaska

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education 

P.O. Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505 
(800) 441-2962 
ACPE@alaska.gov

Alaska Department of Law Consumer Protection Unit

1031 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 200 
Anchorage, AK 99501 
(907) 465-3600
attorney.general@alaska.gov

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education 

1400 W. Washington St., Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007 
(602) 542-5709

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Education Higher Education Coordinating Board 

Arkansas Department of Higher Education 

423 Main St., Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72201 
(501) 371-2000 
ADHE_Info@adhe.edu

Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education 

501 Woodlane, Suite 104
Little Rock, AR 72201 
(501) 683-8050 
sbpce@arkansas.gov

Colorado

Colorado Department of Higher Education 

1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202 
(303) 862-3001 

Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools 

1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202 
(303) 862-3001

Connecticut

Connecticut Office of Higher Education 

61 Woodland St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2326
(860) 947-1800 
edinfo@ctohe.org

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection 

165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-1630 
(860) 713-6300 
Consumer Complaint Hotline: (800) 842-2649  
trade.practices@ct.gov

Delaware

Delaware Higher Education Office

The Townsend Building
401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901
ihe@doe.k12.de.us

Delaware Attorney General

Delaware Department of Justice
Carvel State Building
820 N. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801 
(302) 577-8600 
consumer.protection@state.de.us

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Education Licensure Commission

810 First Street, NE, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002 
(202) 727-6436 
osse@dc.gov 

Florida Commission for Independent Education 

325 W. Gaines St, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400 
(850) 245-3200 
Commissioner@fldoe.org

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission 

2082 E. Exchange Pl., Suite 220
Tucker, GA 30084-5334 
(770) 414-3300 

Hawaii

Hawaii Post-secondary Education Authorization Program

(808) 586-7327
hpeap@dcca.hawaii.gov

State of Hawaii Board of Education

P.O. Box 2360
Honolulu Hawaii 96804 
(808) 586-3334 
boe_hawaii@notes.k12.hi.us

State of Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs 

King Kalakaua Building
335 Merchant Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 
(808) 587-3222
ocp@dcca.hawaii.gov 

Idaho State Board of Education

Attn: State Coordinator for Private Colleges and Proprietary Schools
650 West State Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037 
(208) 334-2270 
board@osbe.idaho.gov

Illinois

Illinois Community College Board

401 East Capitol Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1711
(217) 557-2741
studentcomplaints@iccb.state.il.us

Illinois Board of Higher Education

431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1404
Institutional Complaint Hotline: (217) 557-7359
info@ibhe.org

Illinois State Board of Education

100 N. 1st St.
Springfield, IL 62777 
(866) 262-6663

Illinois Attorney General

Consumer Fraud Bureau
500 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706 
Consumer Fraud Hotline: (800) 243-0618

Indiana

Indiana Board for Proprietary Education 

Attn: Director of Regulatory Compliance
302 W Washington Street, Room E201
Indianapolis IN 46204 
(317) 232-1033

Indiana Commission for Higher Education 

101 W. Ohio St., Suite 550
Indianapolis, IN 42604-1984

Iowa College Student Aid Commission 

430 East Grand Ave., Floor 3
Des Moines, IA 50309-1920 
(515) 725-3400 
info@iowacollegeaid.gov 

Kansas Board of Regents 

1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612-3421 
(785) 296-3421 

Kentucky

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education 

1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320
Frankfort, KY 40601 
(502) 573-1555

Kentucky Office of the Attorney General 

700 Capital Avenue, Suite 118
Frankfort, KY 40601-3449 
Consumer Protection Hotline: (888) 432-9257 

Louisiana Board of Regents 

1201 N. Third St., Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 
(225) 342-4253 

Maine Department of Education

Office of Higher Education Services
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023 
(207) 624-6600

Maryland Higher Education Commission 

6 North Liberty St.
Baltimore, MD 21201 
(410) 767-3301

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education 

One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 994-6950 

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 

P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909 
(517) 373-1820

Minnesota Office of Higher Education  

1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227 
(651) 642-0567

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation 

3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453 
(601) 432-6372 

Missouri Department of Higher Education 

205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469
(573) 751-2361 
info@dhe.mo.gov

Montana Board of Regents 

2500 Broadway Street
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
(406) 444-6570
mgslpcustserv@montana.edu

Nebraska

Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

140 N. 8th Street, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508 
(402) 471-2847

Nebraska Office of the Attorney General

2115 State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509 
(402) 471-2683 
ago.consumer@nebraska.gov

Nevada

Nevada System of Higher Education 

4300 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89119 
(702) 889-8426

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education 

8778 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 115
Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
(702) 486-7330

New Hampshire Department of Education Division of Higher Education

101 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301-3494 
(630) 271-3494

State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education 

20 West State St., 4th Floor
P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542 
(609) 292-4310 

New Mexico Higher Education Department 

2044 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505 

New York Office of Higher Education 

Education Building Annex, Room 977
Albany, NY 12234

North Carolina Community College System, Office of Proprietary

School Services 
200 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603 
(919) 807-7100

North Dakota State Board for Career and Technical Education

State Capitol, 15th Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 270
Bismarck, ND 58505-0610
(701) 328-3180 
cte@nd.gov

Ohio

Ohio Board of Regents 

25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215 
(614) 466-6000 
hotline@highered.ohio.gov

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools 

30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481
Columbus, OH 43215 
(641) 466-2752 
bpsr@scr.state.oh.us

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education 

655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104 
(405) 225-9100

Oregon

Higher Education Coordinating Commission

255 Capitol Street NE, Third Floor
Salem, OR 97310 
Info.HECC@state.or.us

Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion 

1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401 
(541) 687-7400

Office of Private Postsecondary Education 

775 Court St. NE 
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 947-5716
info.PPS@state.or.us

Pennsylvania Department of Education 

333 Market St.
Harrisburg, PA 17126 
(717) 783-8445 

Puerto Rico Council on Education 

Ave. Ponce dr Leon 268
Edificio Hato Rey Center, Piso 15
Hato Rey, PR 00918 
(787) 641-7100

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education 

Shepard Building
80 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903 
(401) 456-6000 

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education 

1122 Lady St., Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201 
(803) 737-2260 

South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Regents 

306 E Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501 
(605) 773-3455 
info@sdbor.edu

South Dakota Office of the Attorney General

1302 E Hwy 14, Suite 1
Pierre SD 57501-8501 
(605) 773-3215 

Tennessee Higher Education Commission 

404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-3605 

Texas

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 

1200 E. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752
or
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 427-6101 

Texas Workforce Commission 

101 E 15th St, Rm 665
Austin, TX 78778-0001
(512) 936-3100 
career.schools@twc.state.tx.us 

Utah

Utah System of Higher Education

Board of Regents Building
60 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(800) 418-8757

Utah Division of Consumer Protection 

160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111 
(801) 530-6601 

Vermont Agency of Education 

219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641 
(802) 479-1030 
AOE.EdIngo@vermont.gov 

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

James Monroe Building
101 N 14th St., 10th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219 
(804) 225-2600

Washington

Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board 

128 10th Avenue SW
P.O. Box 43105
Olympia, WA 98504-3105
(360) 709-4600 
workforce@wtb.wa.gov

Washington Student Achievement Council 

917 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA 98502 
(360) 753-7800 
info@wsac.wa.gov

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission 

1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301 
(304) 558-2101 
jtice@hepc.wvnet.edu

Wisconsin Educational Approval Program 

431 Charmany Drive, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53719 
(608) 264-8477 

Wyoming

Wyoming Community College Commission

2300 Capitol Ave., 5th Fl, Ste B 
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-7763

Wyoming Department of Education 

2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-2060 
(307) 777-6210

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Regular Hours
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