Disclosures and Student Complaints

Last Updated: February 10, 2017

Please review the below disclosures for important general and state-specific information relating to the University of Louisville's online programs before choosing to enroll from a state outside of Kentucky.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The University of Louisville seeks to deliver all of our online programs in every state. We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are obtained. SARA is a voluntary agreement that allows states and institutions to offer distance education in other participating states so long as the institution adheres to certain quality and consumer protection standards. More information on SARA can be found here. Kentucky is a member of SARA and UofL is an approved SARA institution.

While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. The University of Louisville is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all states, with the exceptions noted below in the state-by-state list. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence.

Though SARA authorizes the University to offer its programs in member states, there is the possibility that other state requirements not covered by SARA (such as requirements from state licensing boards) could necessitate the restriction of certain programs in certain states. Please note that should you choose to enroll in a restricted program in a particular state, there may be restrictions that could affect you. Examples could include:

  • you may be unable to sit for local licensing in that state
  • you may be ineligible for consumer protection that state
  • you may not be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, clerkship, etc.) in that state. This could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that state.

Therefore, if you decide to enroll in any of the University of Louisville's restricted programs, or if you move during the course of your studies to a state where your program is restricted, please be aware that you are taking a risk that you may not be able to complete that program or use any of the credit earned in that program should you decide to pursue licensing in that field in that state. Please note that the risks listed above are not exhaustive. Please verify with your state’s professional licensing board that your plans are not impacted by these risks.

Disclosure Regarding Licensure-Track Programs

Important Note for Prospective Students: If you are considering an academic program from the University of Louisville that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state. Professional licensure and certification are regulated individually by each state’s respective licensing agency or agencies and no two are exactly alike. Prospective students are responsible for contacting the appropriate licensing board in their home state to confirm whether a University of Louisville program will meet the requirements for licensure or certification in that state.

Students are encouraged to inquire with their state licensing agencies to ensure that they can obtain a license in their home state. Information about various licensures for all states can be located through the sites listed below:

Disclosure Regarding the University of Louisville's Online Teacher Licensure/Certification Programs

The below disclosure applies to the following programs:

  • Master of Education in Special Education (concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities)
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership (concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities)
  • Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12)
  • Instructional Technology Endorsement (P-12)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement (P-12)

The teacher certification programs at the University of Louisville are designed for Kentucky teachers only. Out-of-state candidates who are certified teachers should be advised that we cannot guarantee these programs will meet licensure, salary, advancement or other requirements in their state. As part of the admission process, we will require a written statement confirming their interest in the program for personal development and they understand the program is designed to meet Kentucky certification requirements only. For more information, please contact Betty Hampton, Director of Graduate Student Services, at 502-852-0411 or betty.hampton@louisville.edu.

International Enrollments

The University of Louisville works to provide global access to its online degree programs. While we track issues related to international authorization and licensure, it is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements surrounding online degrees in countries outside the United States. Please note the following risks and considerations before enrolling in a University of Louisville online program from a country outside the United States:

  • The online degree selected may not be recognized in your country of residence and/or any country in which you intend to work. This may have implications for students who later to seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who seek employment requiring specific credentials;
  • How the collection of student data may be used in any such country;
  • Whether you will be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the price of tuition
  • Whether you will be able to sit for professional licensure or certification in your country
  • Whether you will be eligible for consumer protections in your country;
  • Whether you will be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, etc.) in that country. This could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that country.

Therefore, if you decide to enroll in any of the University of Louisville's programs from a country other than the United States, or if you move to another country during the course of your studies, please be aware that you are taking a risk that you may not be able to complete that program or use any of the credit earned in that program should you decide to pursue employment or licensing in that field in that country. Please note that the risks listed above are not exhaustive. Please verify with your country’s professional licensing board that your plans are not impacted by these risks.

Student Complaint Procedure

Students seeking to resolve a complaint regarding their online program should visit our Student Complaint Procedure page.


Disclosures by State

Please click the drop down button for your state to view state-specific disclosures and to find information concerning programs leading to professional licensure in your state.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Alabama through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

    For the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program:
    "State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice." www.abn.alabama.gov

    For the University of Louisville's Online Teacher Preparation Programs:
    State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Alaska through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Arizona through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

    *Restricted Program:
    Due to restrictions by the state Board of Nursing, the University of Louisville is unable to offer the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to Arizona residents at this time.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Arkansas the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideCalifornia

    As an out-of-state public institution, the University of Louisville is not subject to the regulations of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, thus Bureau approval for UofL to offer its programs to residents of California is not required. Therefore, UofL is in compliance with California regulations concerning postsecondary distance education and can offer its program to residents of California.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Colorado through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Connecticut through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Delaware through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of District of Columbia through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideFlorida

    The University of Louisville does not have a physical presence in the state of Florida as defined by the Florida Commission for Independent Education. Thus, UofL is not required to obtain approval from the Commission to offers its online programs to residents of Florida. Therefore, UofL is in compliance with Florida regulations concerning postsecondary distance education and can offer its program to residents of Florida.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Georgia through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Hawaii through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Idaho through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

    *Restricted Program:
    Due to restrictions by the state Board of Nursing, the University of Louisville is unable to offer the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to Idaho residents at this time.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Illinois through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Indiana through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Iowa through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Kansas through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville, as a public institution in the state of Kentucky, is authorized by statute and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer its programs to residents of Kentucky.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Louisiana through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Maine through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideMaryland

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Maryland through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideMassachusetts

    The University of Louisville does not have a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as defined by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Thus, UofL is not required to obtain approval from the Board to offers its online programs to residents of Massachusetts. Therefore, UofL is in compliance with Massachusetts regulations concerning postsecondary distance education and can offer its program to residents of Massachusetts.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Michigan through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Minnesota through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Mississippi through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Missouri through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideMontana

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Montana through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideNebraska

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Nebraska through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideNevada

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Nevada through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideNew Hampshire

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of New Hampshire through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideNew Jersey

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of New Jersey through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of New Mexico through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of New York through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideNorth Carolina

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of North Carolina through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of North Dakota through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Ohio through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Oklahoma through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Oregon through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Pennsylvania through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideRhode Island

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Rhode Island through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideSouth Carolina

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of South Carolina through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of South Dakota through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideTennessee

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Tennessee through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

    *Restricted Programs:
    Due to restrictions by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and the Tennessee Department of Education, the University of Louisville is unable to offer the following programs to Tennessee residents at this time:

    • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • Master of Education in Special Education (concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities)
    • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership
    • Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12)
    • Instructional Technology Endorsement (P-12)
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement (P-12)
  • Click to Show/HideTexas

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Texas through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideUtah

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Utah through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideVermont

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Vermont through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Virginia through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideWashington

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Washington through through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

    *Restricted Program:
    Due to restrictions by the state Board of Nursing, the University of Louisville is unable to offer the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to Washington residents at this time.

    For the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration:
    This program is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

    For the Master of Education in Special Education with Concentrations in: Moderate & Severe Disabilities and Learning & Behavioral Disorders:
    Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Kentucky. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

    For the Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12):
    This program is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

  • Click to Show/HideWest Virginia

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of West Virginia through through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideWisconsin

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Wisconsin through through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

  • Click to Show/HideWyoming

    The University of Louisville is approved to offer programs to residents of Wyoming through through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Initial approval for institutional participation was granted on January 10, 2017.

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