SARA does not explicitly address non-credit instruction, although if an institution participates in SARA, its for-credit and non-credit activities are covered by the agreement.
Ed2Go and other third-party provider students must register and pay TCCC to be covered under NC-SARA. The instruction is not covered under SARA if students register and pay the third-party.
U.S. Department of Education regulations require that all U.S. post-secondary educational institutions must be legally authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction in their states.These state laws and regulations also apply to online and distance education offered in that state. As such, Tri-County Community College and its online/distance educations programs must be authorized in certain states prior to offering those courses or programs to students residing in those states.
Tri-County Community College has been approved by North Carolina 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.
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.
For more information regarding NC-SARA, go to: www.nc-sara.org.
Prospective out-of-state students are advised to consult with officials in their state of residence and the appropriate Tri-County program director to assure that online courses offered by Tri-County Community College meet their state requirements before entering into a TCCC program.