State Authorization

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The University of South Carolina Upstate has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

USC Upstate joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) as an institutional member in August of 2016. Students residing outside of South Carolina are advised to check with the SARA National Commission website to determine if their home state is a SARA member. Upstate will accept qualified students from any SARA member state, or from states that do not require authorization for enrolling students in any of its online degree programs. Currently, all states in the US (except California), Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands are included in SARA membership. Students from California are ineligible for Federal Aid for online courses at Upstate and may not enroll in online programs at Upstate at this time.

Complaints Procedure

Students enrolled at USC Upstate in online courses living in other states have the right to process complaints or concerns with the appropriate state agency. For USC Upstate, the appropriate authority for complaints about any online or distance learning courses or programs is the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The complaints process and form can be accessed below.

Student Complaint Procedures and Form PDF Document

NC-SARA Approved Institution Seal, listing MHEC, NEBHE, SREB, WICHE regional groups

(Updated 7/29/2021)