Authorization Statement for Distance Learning

​​D​istance Education State Authorization Statement

Dallas College ​offers online educational opportunities to students residing outside the state of Texas. The United States Department of Education (USDOE) requires that institutions comply with any applicable state approval or licensure requirements in each state to which online instruction is delivered. As a result all colleges must be authorized to deliver online instruction prior to allowing students from those states to enroll.

Dallas College can accept registrations from students residing in the following states:

State Authorized Approved States for Dallas College

Dallas College can accept registration from students residing in these states according to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) agreements and compliance.

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • 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
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island​​​​​​​
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Nonapproved States

Currently, Dallas College is not authorized to provide online courses for students residing in these states. If you live in these states, you may not enroll in online courses at Dallas College:

  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • N. Marianas Islands

We are diligently working with other states and regulatory agencies to provide institutional state authorization program. Please check back with us for more updates.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and 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. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

Distance Learning Complaint Process for Out of State Students

Dallas College desires to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns​ in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. Students residing outside of the State of Texas while attending Dallas College and taking an online course who desire to resolve a grievance, should contact the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Complaints go first through the institution’s standard procedure for resolution of student grievances. If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process, then the complaint (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the SARA portal agency in the home state of the institution against which the complaint has been lodged (Texas Higher Education Coordinati​ng Board is the SARA portal agency for Dallas College). That agency shall notify the SARA portal agency for the state in which the student is located of receipt of that appealed complaint.

While the final resolution of the complaint rests with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, nothing precludes the state in which the complaining person is located from also working to resolve the complaint, preferably through that state’s SARA portal agency. Indeed, it is expected that SARA states will facilitate the resolution of any complaints brought to their attention.