What Is State Authorization?
Mercer University is required to obtain authorization from state regulatory agencies in order to offer distance degree programs and courses to out-of-state distance learners and placements in internships, practica, and clinical rotations for Mercer students outside of Georgia. Both distance education and experiential learning are important components to the University, so we've worked diligently to meet those requirements.
Participation in a national reciprocity agreement is a mechanism by which universities can offer distance programs and courses and for out-of-state students and placement opportunities for Georgia residents. Mercer participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which allows the University to offer these programs and learning opportunities throughout the nation.
Check the map below to see if your state participates in NC-SARA. Note that if you move to a state where Mercer is not authorized or does not participate in SARA prior to enrollment or while enrolled, you will no longer be able to continue in that distance learning program.