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State Authorization


Many students at Oregon Tech use Federal Financial Aid programs to pay for school. Re-authorization of the Higher Education Act included changes which requires institutions delivering online programs to other states to comply with that state’s regulations governing the delivery of these online programs. This page lists the states that Oregon Tech is authorized to deliver online programs.

State Authorization Regulation

Chapter 34, §600.9(c)

"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 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)



Oregon Tech is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Oregon State Board of Higher Education has authorized the University to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Information regarding complaint process can be found on their NWCCU website.

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SARA Authorized States

As of January 2015, Oregon Tech has been accepted as an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative which has resulted in increased access to online learning at Oregon Tech.

Oregon Tech Online is now accepting students for all programs from the following SARA states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Louisiana, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire.

In the coming year, many more states will likely be accepted into the NC-SARA initiative. Updates are made as soon as states are accepted and can be verified by checking:  Find more information about the benefits of SARA here:

Non-SARA States Authorization Status

Listed below are states not currently participating in SARA and Oregon Tech’s current status of authorization to offer online education in each.

Alabama,  Arkansas, Washington D.C., Georgia, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming: Oregon Tech is currently authorized to deliver online education for all programs in the these non-SARA states.

California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.: Oregon Tech is currently accepting students into all programs and does not need to apply for authorization in these non-SARA states. 

Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and North Carolina: Oregon Tech is authorized to deliver online education in these states EXCEPT in Radiologic Science, Polysomnographic Technology, and Clinical Sleep Health Programs.

Maryland: Oregon Tech is authorized to deliver online education in Maryland EXCEPT in Radiologic Science, Polysomnographic Technology and Clinical Sleep Health programs. (Maryland residents must contact the Office of the Attorney General for the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 6 N. Liberty St. 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-3301 with any complaints.  See the drop down menu below for information on the student complaint process.)

Oregon Tech is authorized to deliver online education in Maine EXCEPT in Polysomnographic Technology.

Complaint Resolution Contacts by State

These new regulations require us to provide prospective and current students with contact information for filing complaints with the appropriate agency in the state where the student resides. Please click on your state below to be connected to the contact form should you have a complaint about Oregon Tech Online.

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