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SARA Participation Requirements


In accordance with New York State regulation 8 CRR-NY 49-1.2, to be eligible for participation in SARA through New York State, higher education institutions must: 

  1. be legally domiciled in New York State and be authorized by the Board of Regents to confer post-secondary degrees in New York State and offer registered degree programs in New York State;
  2. possess and maintain institutional accreditation, by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, including distance education within the scope of its recognition;
  3. for non-public institutions only, possess a financial responsibility index score from the U.S. Department of Education that is 1.5 or above;
  4. agree to be bound by the SARA policies and standards and to be responsible for the actions of any third-party providers used by the institution to engage in operations under SARA;
  5. agree to remain responsible for compliance with the requirements of SARA and applicable laws and regulations, regardless of whether the institution engages in operations under the agreement itself, or through a third-party provider;
  6. agree to notify NYSED of any adverse actions by its accreditor or any negative changes to its accreditation status;
  7. agree to notify in writing all students in a course or program that customarily leads to professional licensure or certification, or which a student could reasonably believe leads to such licensure or certification, whether or not the course or program meets requirements for licensure or certification in the state where the student resides. If an institution does not know whether the course or program meets licensure requirements in the student’s state of residence, the institution may meet this requirement by informing the student in writing and providing the student the contact information for the appropriate state licensing board(s);
  8. agree, in cases where the institution cannot fully deliver the instruction for which a student has contracted, to provide a reasonable alternative for delivering the instruction or reasonable financial compensation for the education they did not receive;
  9. agree to provide any data requested by NYSED, to the extent permitted by applicable law, to assist NYSED in resolving any complaints arising from its students and to abide by decisions of NYSED, in order for NYSED to effectively monitor any activities under the agreement;
  10. upon application submission, pay to NYSED any state fees for application review and SARA participation as prescribed in section 49-1.7 of Commissioner’s regulations; and
  11. pay an annual SARA participation fee to the National Council for SARA (NC-SARA), as required by the SARA policies and standards; and report any other information required by SARA and/or this section.