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SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance learning.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

NC-SARA Candidate Information and Complaint Resolution

NH State NC-SARA Membership and Application Process


Process for Appeals SARA Initial Application or Renewal Applications

•    Institutions must submit their appeals in writing to the NHDOE within 60 days of receiving the denial (non-approval) decision to request an appeal.
•    The appeal request is to be sent to:
New Hampshire Department of Education
Division of Educator Support & Higher Education
Attn: Division Director 
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH  03301

•    The Education Commissioner or his/her designee, a Department Staff Member, and a Higher Education Commission Representative (“appeals committee”) will review the institution’s appeal and make a decision based on the evidence presented.
•    The appeals committee’s decision is final.
•    The NHDOE will provide the final decision in writing to the institution, the NH Higher Education Commission, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), and NC-SARA.

Per section 2.5 (e) of the SARA Manual, each SARA Portal Agency must have a policy for institutions to appeal the denial of approval or renewal of participation in SARA. During any such appeal the institution’s status as a SARA participating (or non-participating) institution remains unchanged.


Laura A. Stoneking
Division of Educator Support and Higher Education
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3852 
(603) 271-4196 TDD Access: Relay NH 711