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State Authorization Information for Students Outside of Virginia

Northern Virginia Community College is a member of Virginia State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (VA-SARA) and the National Council for State Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and is currently authorized to offer online courses in all states and the District of Columbia, EXCEPT for California, Florida (approved as of October 2017), and Massachusetts (approval pending).  Residents of these states are not permitted to enroll/register for online classes with NOVA.

Prospective students living outside Virginia interested in degree or certificate programs that require internships, clinicals, or licensure upon graduation should contact their appropriate state licensing board regarding any special limitations on allowable online courses. Some helpful licensing information can be found at http://www.careeronestop.org/explorecareers/find-licenses.aspx?frd=true. Currently, any clinical or internship requirement for NOVA online degrees and certificates must be completed at locations within Virginia.

Complaint Resolution

NOVA’s Student Grievance Process for Academic and Non-Academic Decisions is described in the NOVA Student Handbook.  It is the policy of Northern Virginia Community College to provide fair and orderly procedures to resolve student grievances. Nothing in this policy prevents a student from discussing a complaint informally with any appropriate College employee, but students must follow the specific procedures and timelines in the Student Handbook to initiate a formal grievance.

In accordance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, the complaint procedures outlined in the NOVA Student Handbook are subject to oversight of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in complaints arising from students living outside Virginia who are enrolled in online course(s) through ELI. If an issue cannot be resolved by NOVA's internal processes, students may file a formal complaint directly with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Grade appeals and student conduct appeals are not allowed under SARA.

Students residing outside of Virginia can find information about their state’s student complaint procedures using the links below:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia

Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts

Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York

North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas

Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

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