Eastern Illinois University has been approved by the State of Illinois to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by post-secondary institutions based in another state. Eastern Illinois University is authorized to provide online courses to students in the SARA states. We are also authorized to offer online courses in California.
**Students admitted to online degree programs are assessed tuition at Illinois resident rates (except for online programs with differential tuition, e.g. MBA).
On-Ground Field Experience
Professional Licensure IssuesSARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Distance education programs in nursing, etc., may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students that reside outside the state of Illinois who are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate Board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. EIU cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state of residence.