Missouri participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which creates a system of reciprocity for the oversight of distance education programs. The goal of SARA is to provide a more efficient, effective and uniform system for the delivery of distance education.  The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) is the designated portal agency for the state.

 

Initial Application Process

  • Complete and submit in hard copy the SARA Institutional Application. The application packet must include:
    • Signed/initialed application
    • All required attachments
    • Initial application fee of $500 payable to the Missouri Department of Higher Education
  • Mail the completed application packet to: Missouri Department of Higher Education, Attn: SARA, PO Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469.
  • MDHE staff will review each application for completeness. Upon approval, the MDHE will notify the institution and NC-SARA of the institution’s eligibility for participation.
  • NC-SARA will contact the institution with information regarding payment of the national SARA fee.  Upon confirmation of payment, NC-SARA will notify the institution and include the institution on the NC-SARA website.
  • Institutional approval is one year from the date of approval by NC-SARA. Institutions are required to renew applications annually with Missouri and with NC-SARA.

Renewal Application Process

  • Complete and submit in hard copy the SARA Renewal Application. The application packet must include:
    • Signed/initialed application
    • All required attachments
    • Renewal fee of $500 payable to the Missouri Department of Higher Education
  • Mail the completed renewal packet to: Missouri Department of Higher Education, Attn: SARA, PO Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469.
  • MDHE staff will review each application for completeness. Upon approval, the MDHE will notify the institution and NC-SARA of the institution’s continuing eligibility for participation.
  • NC-SARA will contact the institution with information regarding payment of the renewal fee for the compact.
  • Institutions are required to renew applications annually with both Missouri and with NC-SARA.

Questions regarding SARA should be directed to Dr. Laura Vedenhaupt by calling (573) 751-2361 and selecting option 2.

 

Administrative Rule

The MDHE has promulgated an administrative rule to govern the operation of SARA for Missouri institutions.  In order to be SARA-approved, an institution must comply with the requirements contained in the rule.

 

Helpful Links

 

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

NC-SARA Manual (March 21, 2019)

Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)

Approved SARA States and Institutions