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Important Note: Must be reviewed by all out-of-state residents.

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 post secondary 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. The 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 The Sage Colleges is an approved SARA institution.  This approval allows The Sage Colleges 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 not currently participating in NC-SARA.  How does this impact enrolling in a Sage Colleges distance learning degree program if the student resides in one of these states?

Sage is able to accept students from California but this may be subject to change as California Introduces new legislation regarding distance learning.*

*It is possible that The Sage Colleges will ultimately choose not to seek approval in a non-NC-SARA state due to the cost of registering. In that case, The Sage Colleges would not be able to accept students from those states.

Complaint Process
The Sage Colleges is dedicated to providing the best possible student experience throughout your college years. When an issue is brought to our attention, The Sage Colleges 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: The Sage Colleges 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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For Online or distance-education students, the state agency depends on the student’s state of residence.