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Distance Learning : State Authorization

NC-SARA State Authorization

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Authorization of Continuing Education Courses

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.

The Institution that transcripts a course is considered the Degree-granting Institution for purposes of this section.

State Authorization at Tri-County

State Authorization for Distance Education Programs and Students

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.

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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:

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.

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion. All Tri-County Community College academic programs prepare students to sit for applicable licensure in North Carolina.

In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure, Tri-County Community College is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina: 

Tri-County Community College cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina.

Tri-County Community College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). However, NC-SARA does not deal with professional licensing board approval for any courses or programs leading to professional licensure. If you are not a resident of North Carolina and you are taking an online course or hybrid program leading to professional licensure, please contact the dean of the degree program  at Tri-Community College to discuss licensure options prior to beginning your course of study. Please contact the appropriate licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning a TC academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. For more information visit:Tri-County's State Authorization page.