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State Authorizations

South Carolina is an affiliated member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which supervises an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary education courses and programs. SARA is overseen by the National Council and administered by one of four regional education compacts – in our case, it is the Southern Regional Education Board ( Likewise, Coastal Carolina University is an institutional member of South Carolina-SARA through its designated portal agency, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. As such, CCU only needs its home state authorization to offer distance education in any other SARA member state. These states may be found at, and are represented in the graphic below. 


**Puerto Rico has affiliated with SREB and became an official SARA member June 6, 2018. Puerto Rico SARA website; Date institution applications will be accepted: Later this summer, date to be determined.

Please check this page regularly or contact our office if your state is not shown. If you have questions, complaints, or concerns about a particular state, you can contact James Solazzo, associate provost for assessment and accreditation, for additional support.

Coastal Carolina University students who reside outside the state of South Carolina who desire to resolve a grievance should first follow CCU’s complaint procedures described in University Policy STUD-DSO-330. Students may also seek resolution of a complaint through the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education at:

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE)
1122 Lady Street. Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201

The Commission provides full online explanation and support of its complaint process at CHE’s Student Complaint Procedures and form. Complaints regarding student grades or conduct violations are governed entirely by institutional policy and will not be considered by CHE.

Coastal Carolina University (CCU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate degree, selective master’s and specialist programs of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services, and a Ph.D. program in Marine Science. For questions about the accreditation of Coastal Carolina University, contact the Commission on Colleges at:

Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097