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State Authorization

State and federal regulations (in addition to those of SLU’s institutional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission) govern SLU’s operations throughout U.S. states. SLU’s authority to operate in the states varies by modality: programs offered via distance education vs. those offered on-ground (or with a “physical presence” in a given state). SLU’s compliance with these regulations is addressed below.

Programs Offered via Distance Education

Saint Louis University is either authorized, exempt from authorization, or otherwise not subject to approval to offer its programs via distance education to residents of all 50 U.S. states.

NC-SARA logo   Since March 2015, Saint Louis University has been an approved member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), a state-level reciprocity consortium endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. NC-SARA members are authorized to provide distance education to students from all NC-SARA member states. For more information about the NC-SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, visit  For information about the SARA student complaint process, click HERE.

Note regarding SLU’s offering of distance education to students in Texas: Saint Louis University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. (In other words, SLU has met the Texas Workforce Commission requirements, and, therefore, the University does not fall under the category of institutions that TWC regulates under chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. SLU is authorized to conduct online education and clinicals, practica, internships and field experiences in the state of Texas.)

Some programs offered primarily via distance education also have limited on-ground components to them – typically clinical/practicum experiences via which students engage in professional practice under the guidance of degreed, state-licensed professionals in their fields. In many states these experiences are authorized as part of SARA authorization. In other states, however, this limited on-ground educational/professional practice activity is regulated on a state-by-state basis as is the offering of fully on-ground programs (as addressed in the section below).

Programs Offered On-Ground/Physical Presence

Saint Louis University is either authorized, exempt from authorization, or otherwise not subject to approval to offer selected programs on-ground (with a “physical presence”) in each of the following states:

Approved On-Ground Programs

Complaint Resolution

Saint Louis University strives to provide the highest quality educational experience for all of its students. However, if a conflict does arise, in accordance with federal law (see 34 C.F.R., Section 600.9), Saint Louis University identifies the processes by which students may file complaints about the University with each U.S. state governing board or commission that governs University educational activity. A list of appropriate state boards or commissions, as well as contact information and links to pertinent websites, is provided on the Student Complaints web page.