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Online Course Support: State Authorization

Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations

ASU Accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredits Armstrong State University (ASU). SACSCOC is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally recognized body provides assurance to students, parents, and all stakeholders that ASU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance,

State Authorization

Armstrong State University 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 secured. Georgia is a member of SARA and ASU is an approved SARA institution. As such, we adhere to an established common set of standards for offering post-secondary distance education among member states, districts and territories. Participation in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. 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. Armstrong State University is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all SARA states. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence. For more information about SARA, please visit​

Professional Licensure

Important Note for Prospective Students: If you are considering an academic program 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. It is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in their home state to confirm whether an ASU program will meet the requirements for licensure in that state.

Important note for students interested in pursuing professional educator programs: Educator licensure and certification are regulated individually by State Departments of Education and no two are exactly alike. Students who seek admission to Armstrong State University’s online program for endorsement or initial educator certification in their home state should contact their home state’s Department of Education for applicable requirements rules and regulations. Students are responsible for determining whether the College of Education’s online program will meet their home states’ requirements for certification, licensure, or otherwise advancing a student’s teaching or administrator credentials.

Complaint Resolution

Armstrong State University is committed to integrating institutional objectives in innovative ways to demonstrate excellence, access and impact in all of our online programs. We greatly value your student experience and urge all students to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. Please refer to this website for details,

When an issue is brought to our attention, ASU will take appropriate action to seek resolution. Often, it is the case that communication with the course instructor is the most direct route to resolving issues. If an issue cannot be resolved at that level, a student may contact the academic unit for guidance.

If you have questions about the tuition refund policy, please click on the following link:

Tuition Refund Policy (

If grievances are not satisfactorily resolved after an internal attempt by the University, students who do not reside in a SARA state may file a complaint with an agency in the student’s state of residence. Click here to file a complaint with the State of Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Click here to access a list of appropriate contacts from each state in which a student may file a complaint.