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State and federal law requires colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own.

To help oversee the delivery of postsecondary distance education, The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) has established comparable national standards for interstate offering of distance-education courses and programs. NC-SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

New York State participates in SARA and Russell Sage College is an approved SARA institution. This approval allows Russell Sage College to accept students and deliver online education to students who reside in other NC-SARA participating states.

For States not Participating in NC-SARA

California is the only state currently not participating in NC-SARA. Russell Sage College is able to accept students from California, but this may change if California introduces new legislation regarding distance learning.

Russell Sage College may ultimately choose not to seek approval in non-NC-SARA states due to the cost of registering. In such cases, Russell Sage College will not be able to accept students from those states.

Complaint Process
Russell Sage College is dedicated to providing the best-possible student experience throughout your college years. When an issue is brought to our attention, Russell Sage College will intervene in the matter to seek resolution. Most complaints can be resolved utilizing the internal processes available.

If an issue cannot be resolved internally and you are residing in a SARA state, pursuant to the SARA Complaint Process, please contact the New York State SARA State Portal Agency.

Complaint Process Non-SARA State
Please see below for complaint information if you reside in California.

Status: Russell Sage College is not required to seek approval from the Bureau for Private Post secondary Education and can offer 100% online programs to residents of California with no restrictions. Internships, externships and clinical placements are permitted in California for online and campus-based courses and programs.

Student Complaint Process Contact:
California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
PO Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA  95798-0818
[email protected]

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If you are an online or distance-education student, contact NYSED.

Andrea Richards
Supervisor of Higher Education Programs
Office of College and University Evaluation
New York State Education Department
518-474-1551 | [email protected]