The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that sets national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. NC-SARA allows students to benefit from educational services across state lines. NC-SARA centralizes the authorization process for each institution in a single state, referred to as the “home state.” By reducing the number of states in which an institution needs to apply for authorization, students benefit from expanded access to educational offerings and institutions benefit by reducing state authorization costs. New Mexico became a member on May 12, 2015 through the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). Institutional membership in NC-SARA is voluntary and open to accredited, degree-granting institutions from all sectors of postsecondary education (private, proprietary and public).
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine **
Central New Mexico Community College
Clovis Community College
Dona Ana Community College
Eastern New Mexico University
National College of Midwifery
Navajo Technical University
New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New Mexico Junior College
New Mexico State University
New Mexico State University Alamogordo
New Mexico State University Carlsbad
Northern New Mexico College
San Juan College
Santa Fe Community College
University of New Mexico
University of the Southwest
Western New Mexico University
**Because of certain concerns, this institution has been approved by New Mexico for provisional participation in SARA (see Section 3.2 of the NC-SARA Manual). Please contact New Mexico's SARA portal entity for additional information.
In order to be eligible to participate in NC-SARA, an institution must:
1. Be a degree-granting institution, awarding associate degrees or higher;
2. Be physically located in a NC-SARA member state;
3. Hold proper authorization from Congress, a U.S. State, territory or district, or a federally recognized Indian tribe to award degrees; and
4. Hold accreditation as a single entity from an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) and whose scope of recognition, as specified by the USDOE, includes distance education. (See https://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg10.html)
5. If a non-public institution, meet the institutional financial responsibility requirements for NC-SARA participation set forth in Section 2.5(c and d) of the SARA Manual.
CLICK HERE to access the Application for Institutional Participation in NC-SARA.
New Mexico's application processing fee is $1,000.00. Please email Alicia.Armijo@state.nm.us to request an invoice for the fee.
Once complete the application packet should be emailed to Alicia.Armijo@state.nm.us for review.
CLICK HERE to access the Renewal Application for Institutional Participation in NC-SARA.
CLICK HERE to visit the NC-SARA Website
CLICK HERE to download the NC-SARA Manual
CLICK HERE to access 5.99.1 NMAC PUBLIC AND PRIVATE POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS OPERATING UNDER THE INTERSTATE DISTANCE EDUCATION ACT*
*5.99.1 NMAC is New Mexico's administrative code pertaining to distance education and includes provisions relating to NC-SARA.
New Mexico SARA Coordinator
New Mexico Higher Education Department
2044 Galisteo Street, Suite 4
Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100
CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please email HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us.