State Authorization

UNH Online at the University of New Hampshire is an option for students who cannot attend classes on campus to experience the same high quality education from any location at any time, provided internet access is available. We have recently started converting some of our graduate programs to the online environment, with plans for more to follow soon. In each case, online students will have access to the same academic and financial support that on campus students have.  Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) include changes in individual State Authorization regulations that impact online education providers.  The specific portion of § 600.9 State authorization states:

If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002).

State Authorization Status

The University of New Hampshire participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which allows us to enroll residents living in the District of Columbia and 48 states that have joined this cooperative. More information about SARA including a full list of participating states can be found at

Through individual agreements with the departments of education in California and Florida, we are also authorized to enroll residents of these states in our online programs.

Special Circumstances Per State

At this time, our Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate does not meet licensure requirements for the state of Louisiana.