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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


State Authorization Information

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s new regulation (34 C.F.R. § 600.9) regarding legal authorization to provide postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education in a state in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, Kansas State University abides by the relevant authorization within each state. 

Students seeking to enroll in a Kansas State University distance education program residing outside the state of Kansas, but within the United States, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories (excludes International locations), should check the University’s authorization status below or contact the K-State Global Campus at global@k-state.edu or (785) 532-5575 or toll free at 1-800-622-2578. 

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements:

On February 9, 2015, Kansas State University became an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative. As of February 1, 2017. Kansas State University programs are now automatically available to students who reside in 47 participating states. The only states that are not part of the NC-SARA agreement are listed below, which also shows K-State’s status to operate in those states.

The NC-SARA agreement does not apply to students enrolled at one of K-State’s physical campuses (Manhattan, Salina, Olathe, or other approved locations).


As an out-of-state public institution, Kansas State University is exempt from the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009, Section 94858, of the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, which only requires private postsecondary educational institutions to obtain state approval prior to operating. [November 10, 2011] In addition, California does not regulate programs that are 100% online, unless they are physically located in the state.


As long as Kansas State University continues to only offer distance learning education (online and correspondence courses), we are exempt from The Florida Commission for Independent Education. [[October 19, 2011]


Under the previous guidelines of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Kansas State University programs do not trigger the definition of physical presence in that state. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education is currently undertaking the process of updating its regulations regarding degree granting authority specific to out-of-state institutions enrolling Massachusetts residents in online/hybrid programs and courses at this time. The new regulations are anticipated to be available by July 1, 2015.

Please note that any institution headquartered in Massachusetts regardless of its intent to enroll Massachusetts residents or method of course delivery is subject to approval.


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