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.


Stephen Appleby, Director
State Portal Entity (SPE) Primary Contact
Division of Educator Support and Higher Education