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State Authorization and Professional Licensure

State Authorization

Northern Illinois University is approved to offer online programs under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) in all states except for California, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Illinois is a member of SARA and NIU is an approved SARA institution. It is your responsibility to understand any special requirements in your state of residence. More information on SARA can be found on their website.

Professional Licensure

If you plan to enroll in a program that would lead to professional licensure in the state in which you reside, it is highly recommended you first check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state of residence before beginning an academic program located outside your stateIt is your responsibility to contact appropriate state licensing boards in your home state to confirm whether an NIU program will meet requirements for licensure in your state.