State Authorization & Licensure

University of Saint Francis (USF) is a private, not-for-profit Catholic institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. USF is authorized by name by the State of Indiana. In compliance with federal and state regulations, USF is in a continuous process to monitor state laws that govern the offering of online programs and courses.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Approved InstitutionAs of July 7, 2016, University of Saint Francis is approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. The goal of this approach is to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.  States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards that assure high quality distance education practices at each member institution.  These quality practices are overseen by the board of NC-SARA and are administered by four regional higher education compacts. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states.  SARA membership was opened in January 2014; as of October 2017, 48 states plus District of Columbia and Virgin Islands are SARA members. For more information about SARA and the progress of state and institutional membership, please visit

Following are details about state authorization for the states/territories who do not belong to NC-SARA:


USF is not required to be licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education because the university has no physical presence in California.


USF is not required to seek authorization from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education because the university has no physical presence in Massachusetts.

Puerto Rico

USF is exempt from the Puerto Rico licensing jurisdiction, as certified by the Licensing and Accrediting Area of the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education, for the Master of Business Administration, Master of Environmental Health, and Master of Organizational Leadership.

Academic programs may not be approved in every state. Contact your academic advisor to verify program availability.  Please review regulatory information and professional licensing requirements in your state of residence. For specific information regarding state authorization, approval, licensure or exemption, contact Gwen Hefty in the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.