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Students who reside in a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) state who have a complaint about UVA need to go through the institution's standard procedure for resolution of student grievances.

Students not satisfied with the outcome of UVA's grievance process involving specifically allegations of fraudulent activity, including the provision of false or misleading information, may subsequently submit a complaint to the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) for final resolution.

Examples of types of student complaints that may be brought to a SARA portal entity include, but are not limited to, complaints regarding accuracy of job placement data, tuition or fee information, accreditation, whether a program meets licensure requirements, or course transfer information. Grade appeals and student conduct appeals are not allowed under SARA.

Important Note: Students considering an online program that leads to a professional license in a state other than the Commonwealth of Virginia are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing agency from the state in which they plan to practice before beginning the program to ensure that the programs the licensure requirements of that state.

State Approval Agencies

 
State Agency
Alabama

Commission on Higher Ed (ACHE) 

Private School Licensure 

Alaska

Commission on Postsecondary Education

Arizona 

Board for Private Postsecondary Education
Arkansas

Department of Education

California

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Colorado

Department of Higher Education 

Connecticut

Office of Higher Education

Delaware

Department of Education

District of Columbia

Education Licensure Commission

Florida

Commission for Independent Education

Georgia

Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Hawaii

Post-secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP)

Idaho

Private Colleges and Proprietary Schools

Illinois

Board of Higher Education 

Indiana

Department for Workforce Development 

Board for Proprietary Education 

Commission of Higher Education

Iowa

College Student Aid Commission

Kansas

Board of Regents 

Kentucky

Commission on Postsecondary Education 

Council on Proprietary Education

Louisiana

Board of Regents

Maine

Department of Education

Maryland

Higher Education Commission 

Massachusetts

Department of Higher Education (DHE) 

Division of Private Occupational School Education

Michigan

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 

Minnesota

Office of Higher Education

Mississippi

Commission on College Accreditation 

Office of Proprietary Schools

Missouri

Department of Higher Education 

Montana

Board of Regents 

Nebraska

Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education 

Nevada

Commission on Postsecondary Education

New Hampshire

Department of Education

New Jersey

Commission on Higher Education

New Mexico 

Higher Education Department

New York

Office of College and University Evaluation 

North Carolina

Board of Governors 

Office of Proprietary School Service

North Dakota

University System 

Career and Technical Education Office 

Ohio

Department of Higher Education 

Board of Career Colleges and Schools

Oklahoma

Regents for Higher Education 

Board of Private Schools 

Board of Career and Technology Education 

Oregon

Office of Degree Authorization 

Pennsylvania

Department of Education 

Puerto Rico

Consejo de Educacion de Puerto Rico (Google translate is available) 

Rhode Island 

Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

South Carolina

Commission on Higher Education 

South Dakota

Secretary of State

Tennessee

Higher Education Commission

Texas 

Higher Education Coordinating Board 

Texas Workforce Commission 

Utah 

Division of Consumer Protection

Vermont 

Agency of Education

Virginia

Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education 

Washington

Student Achievement Council 

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board 

West Virginia

Higher Education Policy Commission 

Council for Community and Technical College Ed 

Wisconsin

Education Approval Board

Wyoming

Private School Licensing