State Authorization

Many states have prescribed an “authorization” process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents. Authorization (sometimes referred to as “registration,” “licensure,” “approval,” etc.) indicates that the institution has met certain minimum standards under the laws and regulations of that state. Authorization does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Credits earned at an institution may not transfer to all other institutions. 

Boise State University has taken steps to protect its students and operations through nationwide compliance and currently participates in a voluntary State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) encompassing all states except California. Boise State can operate without state authorization in California because the university is a public accredited institution. All programs at Boise State are approved by Idaho’s State Board of Education.

Adverse Actions – As of August 21, 2019, there have been no adverse actions initiated by a State entity or accrediting agency related to Boise State’s online programs during the past five calendar years.

Complaint ProcessBoise State is committed to supporting students in Idaho and beyond, and to resolving student complaints in a fair and timely manner.  

International Students –  It is your responsibility to understand special requirements in your home country related to online education:

  • Does your country recognize foreign online degrees?
  • How may the collection of student data be used in your country?
  • Will you be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the price of tuition?

International students considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license should first confirm with the appropriate professional licensing board in your country whether a Boise State online degree is recognized when seeking licensure or certification.

Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports, and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Boise State currently is unable to enroll individuals located in the following country to its online programs:

  • North Korea

Applications can be accepted from students located in the following countries but must be approved by the Institutional Compliance Office prior to enrollment:

  • Crimea
  • Cuba (undergraduate applications only, graduate applications not permitted)
  • Iran  (undergraduate applications only, graduate applications not permitted)
  • Syria
  • Venezuela 

Professional Licensure – If considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification 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, or upon changing states. Some online programs may not be available in some states, or may not be designed to prepare a student for professional licensure. Select your program of study below to learn more about professional licensure requirements.  If you have outstanding questions after reviewing the information, please contact the academic program before submitting an application.

  • Nursing –
  • Social Work – 

Refund Policy – Boise State’s Refund policy provides information regarding dates and deadlines for tuition, fees, and special fees refunds.  

Relocation – Prospective or current students who plan to relocate while enrolled in an online program should discuss their plans with the program to assess any potential impact on their course of study.  Students who relocate to a state or country in which their respective program is not currently authorized may experience a delay in their studies or may not be able to complete the program in which they initially enrolled. It is the student’s responsibility to seek guidance from the program prior to relocation.  It is also recommended that you seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your new state or country.

Student Consumer Information – The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires institutions to disclose certain information to students. Boise State University is a public, state-supported, accredited university overseen by the Idaho State Board of Education.

Updated October 1, 2019

Boise State’s Regulatory Affairs Coordinator:
State-Authorization@boisestate.edu