National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA)
Important Note to Residents outside Florida
Admission of applicants outside the State of Florida to an online degree, certificate or online course offered by Tallahassee Community College, is dependent on TCC’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.
As of December 1, 2017, Tallahassee Community College has been approved by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE) to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide more access to online courses while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and administered by four regional higher education compacts.
NC-SARA Member States
Tallahassee Community College is authorized to provide online education to students who reside in 48 SARA member states. States that are not a SARA member state are California and Massachusetts.
Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement
In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations concerning distance education and professional licensure, TCC is required to make the following disclosure in regards to professional licensure outside the state of Florida. If you are not a resident of Florida, and you are considering an online course or program leading to professional licensure, Tallahassee Community College cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Florida. Please contact the proper licensing agency in your state to request information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of your state.
SARA Student Complaint Process
Tallahassee Community College seeks to resolve concerns and complaints in a fair and prompt manner. Current or prospective TCC Online students who have a complaint may submit their concerns to the appropriate department by completing the form at the following link: TCC’s Student Complaint and Procedures.
In the unlikely event that a complaint cannot be resolved through Tallahassee Community College’s process, TCC Online students who have completed the internal grievance process and the applicable state process, may appeal non-instructional complaints to the FL-SARA PRDEC Council. Complaints about grades or student conduct should be submitted to the College and may not be appealed to the SARA portal agency.
FL-SARA Postsecondary Distance Education Council Complaint Process
Distance Education students who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process, may appeal non-instructional complaints to the FL-SARA PRDEC Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the FL-SARA Complaint Process page.
Florida Portal Entity Contact
Commission for Independent Education (CIE)
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, please visit NC-SARA.org.