Out-of-State Students

State Authorization Status


Sacramento State is accredited by the Senior College Commision of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid. This federally recognized body provides assurance to students, parents, and all stakeholders that the CSU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance.

For more information please use the following resources:

CSU Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations
Sacramento State Accreditation
WASC Senior College and University Commission

State Authorization

Sacramento State monitors authorization laws in every state and is working to secure the appropriate authorization and/or licensure to offer distance education courses nationwide.

Internships/Clinical Experience/Field Work

If an online program involves an internship, clinical experience, or field work, those experiences are included in the authorization for the program.

If a traditional program offered at the Sacramento State campus requires an internship, clinical experience, or field work, and a California-based student wishes to pursue that experience outside of California, additional authorization in the chosen state may be required. Please consult your Program Advisor to determine state eligibility.

Distance Education/Online Programs

At this time, California State University (as a system), or Sacramento State (as an individual campus) has secured authorization or exemption to enroll students from the following states in its online programs. Please click hyperlinked state names to review specific details pertaining to student enrollment from each state:

State Status*
Alabama Not Initiated
Alaska Exempt
Arizona Exempt
Arkansas Not Initiated
Colorado Exempt
Connecticut Authorized
Delaware Authorized
Florida Exempt
Georgia Not Initiated
Hawaii Exempt
Idaho Exempt
Illinois Authorized
Indiana Authorized
Iowa Not Initiated
Kansas Not Initiated
Kentucky Not Initiated
Louisiana Not Initiated
Maine Exempt
Maryland Not Initiated
Massachusetts Not Initiated
Michigan Not Initiated
Minnesota Not Initiated
Mississippi Exempt
Missouri Not Initiated
Montana Authorized
Nebraska Exempt
Nevada Authorized
New Hampshire Exempt
New Jersey Exempt
New Mexico Not Initiated
New York Not Initiated
North Carolina Exempt
North Dakota Authorized
Ohio Not Initiated
Oklahoma Not Initiated
Oregon Not Authorized
Pennsylvania Not Initiated
Rhode Island Not Initiated
South Carolina Not Initiated
South Dakota Not Initiated
Tennessee Exempt
Texas Exempt
Utah Authorized
Vermont Not Initiated
Virginia Exempt
Washington Not Initiated
West Virginia Not Initiated
Wisconsin Not Initiated
Wyoming Not Initiated
Federal District/Territories Status*
American Samoa Not Initiated
District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) Not Authorized
Guam Not Initiated
Northern Mariana Islands Not Initiated
Marshall Islands Not Initiated
Palau Not Initiated
Puerto Rico Not Initiated
U.S. Virgin Islands
Not Initiated

Status Current as of March 5, 2019 

*Status Key

Authorized Sacramento State has secured authorization to offer online programs.
Exempt Sacramento State is exempt from securing authorization to offer online programs
Not Authorized Sacramento State is not seeking authorization or exemption.
Not Initiated Sacramento State has not yet initiated an application for authorization or exemption.
Pending Sacramento State is in the process of securing authorization or exemption.



Student Internal Complaint Process

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education's Program Integrity Rule, each institution of higher education is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information for the state agency, or agencies, that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state.

Sacramento State encourages students to utilize California State University's internal complaint or review policies prior to filing a complaint with a state agency.

CSU Internal Complaints Process
CSU Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations

Should a student wish to file a complaint in their home state, please select the state contact from the Consumer Protection State Contacts list to file a complaint directly in their state.

Consumer Protection State Contacts