Out of State Students

State and Institutions Participating in SARA

Red, white and blue logo for the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements
Bellevue College is a member of SARA, a regional compact recently unified under a national “Unified State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement” (SARA). This nationwide initiative makes online courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate – and institutions to participate in – interstate eLearning education.


NC-SARA maintains a list of states and institutions nationally participating in SARA. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs.

For more information, please visit the SARA site describing Student Benefits or download the NC-SARA FAQ or the individual State Actions Regarding SARA

Before offering classes via online/distance to students who reside outside Washington state, Bellevue College, like all other higher education institutions, must obtain authorization from those states in order to offer classes to their residents. At this time, due to extraordinarily high costs to obtain authorization, and/or other limiting factors.

  • We regret that Bellevue College cannot offer distance education classes to students who live in Kentucky, Delaware, and Puerto Rico.
  • Other states may have restrictions for certain online programs that require licensure and/or internships, externships, clinicals and practicums. Please contact the Student Registration Office for more information.


SARA member states are denoted by an *.

Complaint Resolution Procedures

Students residing outside of the State of Washington while attending Bellevue College through electronically delivered classes who would like to resolve a grievance should contact the appropriate division office. However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your State.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has authority to investigate student complaints against specific schools. WSAC may not be able to investigate every student complaint. Visit Washington Student Achievement Council Complaints  for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.

SARA institution.

If the institution enrolling the student is a member of SARA then the student contacts that State SARA Portal where the institution is located. In our state, it is the Washington Student Achievement Council.

Non-SARA institution.

If the institution enrolling the student is not a SARA member and the out of state student has a complaint about that non SARA institution, then the student should find the agency in the state they are located (List of SARA approved states) that approved Bellevue College to operate in the state. If the Institute is not approved to enroll students in the state, then the student should go to that same in-state agency and ask them to take action.