Many students at Oregon Tech use Federal Financial Aid programs to pay for school. Re-authorization of the Higher Education Act requires institutions delivering online programs to students in other states to comply with the students' states' regulations governing delivery of online programs. This page lists the states in which 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)


SARA Authorized States

As of January 2015, Oregon Tech participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which has resulted in increased access to online learning through Oregon Tech.

SARA logo and link to the SARA website

Oregon Tech Online is authorized to offer courses and programs within 49 of the 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and the 

U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) via online, distance and/or out-of-state learning placements.

For the latest state updates visit: http://www.nc-sara.org/. Find more information about the benefits of SARA: http://www.nc-sara.org/what-are-student-benefits

Non-SARA States Authorization Status

California is not currently a member of the NC-SARA agreement. Oregon Tech is accepting students into all programs and does not need to apply for authorization in this non-SARA state.

Student Complaints

Students should attempt to resolve any grievances they may have with their school first. Should attempts to resolve these problems with appropriate school officials fail, or should the student be dissatisfied with the final outcome of the college complaint process, then the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), can respond to a formal complaint.  Students may contact the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, 3225 25th St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 or by sending an email to complaints@hecc.oregon.gov.  Students may also access the HECC Complaints web page for information at https://www.oregon.gov/highered/about/Pages/complaints.aspx, or visit the complaints page at NC-SARA’s website:  https://nc-sara.org/student-complaints.

To file a complaint through Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), please visit https://nwccu.org/tools-resources/complaints/.

Complaint Resolution Contacts by State

Regulations require us to provide prospective and current students with contact information for filing complaints. Students residing in states that are not participating in the NC-SARA initiative should select their state of residence from the list below to be connected with the appropriate agency in the student's state of residence.

Students residing in Oregon or a participating NC-SARA state (see above) can refer to the following links to file a complaint against Oregon Tech: Complaint Process and form.