State Authorization

NC-SARA Approved InstitutionAlbany State University offers fully online degree programs, certificate programs, hybrid online programs and a large selection of courses in online and mixed-model versions. Designed and taught by online faculty, ASU Distance Learning offers high quality degree options with distance learning convenience and flexibility.

In compliance with State Authorization for the delivery of distance education, Online Degree and Certificate Programs may not be available in all states. Certain programs may require practicums, guided experiential learning, proctored examinations, internships, or student teaching which trigger State Authorization.

ASU has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states (listed below).

  • 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
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, please visit the NC-SARA Institution Directory.

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS: California is NOT an NC-SARA member; however, public institutions do not need to seek approval to operate in California. Therefore, Albany State University does accept admission applications from online learners for distance programs from California residents. We look forward to speaking with you about our online programs and educational opportunities.

California has recently established a new process to manage complaints for out-of-state institutions serving online students in the state. The student complaint process is published by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Professional Licensure Disclosures

If you are not a resident of Georgia, and you are taking an online course or program leading to professional licensure, Albany State University cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Please check with the appropriate licensing board in your state to determine whether the course or program meets requirements for licensure in your state.


SACSCC logoAlbany State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and specialist degrees.

Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Albany State University.

Consumer complaint information

To file a complaint with Albany State University’s regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC):  Complete the Commission’s Complaint Form and send two print copies to the President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097. (To access the Commission’s complaint policy, procedures, and the Complaint Form, please see Complaint Procedures Against the Commission or Its Accredited Institutions.) Please read the document carefully before submitting a complaint. View state-specific instructions for consumer complaint processes.

At any time, please feel free to contact us at ASU Distance Learning.

Phone: (229) 500-2909