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State Authorization

Online Education State Authorization and Complaint Resolution

The University of Illinois Chicago is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a private nonprofit organization that helps expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs. For more information about University of Illinois System NC-SARA compliance, professional licensure, and complaint procedures, visit the University of Illinois System’s State Authorization webpage.

Students enrolled in Online or Distance Education are encouraged to contact their college office or UIC Online at to seek advice or assistance in resolving their concerns. If the issue cannot be resolved through either of these offices or the resources listed in the sections above, online students may file a complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education through the Illinois State Portal Entity Contact. Online students may instead choose to work through their own state's NC-SARA office for complaint resolution, however, the Illinois Board of Higher Education is responsible for staffing the investigation and complaint resolution. California residents should refer to the California Department of Consumer Affairs website.

Professional Licensure Programs

Please be aware, programs that require professional licensure in your home state may have different requirements than those found in Illinois. Accordingly, we strongly encourage you to reach out to the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before enrolling in an academic program outside of your home state. For a state by state listing of licensing agencies, visit

As required by federal regulations, UIC also maintains a list of professional licensure disclosures by program/college.