Out-of-State Students

State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. The North Dakota State College of Science is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative. Currently, colleges must request authorization from each state to offer distance education courses to the residents of that state. Members of SARA must meet specific criteria, including accreditation and adhering to a set of best practice guidelines for Distance Education. This approval automatically authorizes the members of SARA  to offer distance education classes in the member states. For more information about the SARA initiative, visit their website at http://nc-sara.org or visit the ND SARA website at http://nc-sara.org/states/nd.

NDSCS is authorized to offer online degree programs in the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
Limited Authorization

NDSCS cannot accept students from the states listed below into the Health Information Technician or Medical Coding program options due to restrictions on field experience activities such as practicums, internships, or clinicals. Residents who are seeking enrollment in an isolated course or degree or certificate programs with no field experience activities are welcome to apply to NDSCS.

  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
Authorization Application Pending

NDSCS is in the process of researching and applying for authorization in the following states:

  • Iowa
No Authorization

NDSCS has chosen not to seek authorization to offer online programs in the states listed below. NDSCS cannot accept students in online programs from these states. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Territories

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