Many students at Oregon Tech use Federal Financial Aid programs to pay for school. Re-authorization of the Higher Education Act included changes which requires institutions delivering online programs to other states to comply with that state’s regulations governing the delivery of these online programs. This page lists the states that Oregon Tech is authorized to deliver online programs.

State Authorization Regulation

Chapter 34, §600.9(c)

"If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students 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, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request." (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)


SARA Authorized States

As of January 2015, Oregon Tech has been accepted as an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative which has resulted in increased access to online learning at Oregon Tech.

NC SARA Seal 2021

Oregon Tech Online is now accepting students for all programs from the following SARA states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

More states will likely be accepted into the NC-SARA initiative. Updates are made as soon as states are accepted and can be verified by checking: http://www.nc-sara.org/ 

Find more information about the benefits of SARA here: http://www.nc-sara.org/what-are-student-benefits

Non-SARA States Authorization Status

California is not currently participating in SARA. Oregon Tech is accepting students into all programs and does not need to apply for authorization in this non-SARA state.

Student Complaints

Students should attempt to resolve any grievances they may have with their school first. Should attempts to resolve these problems with appropriate school officials fail, or should the student be dissatisfied with the final outcome of the college complaint process, then the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), can respond to a formal complaint.  Students may contact the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, 3225 25th St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 or by sending an email to complaints@hecc.oregon.gov.  Students may also access our Complaints web page at https://www.oregon.gov/highered/about/Pages/complaints.aspx or visit the complaints page at NC-SARA’s website: https://nc-sara.org/student-complaints

To file a complaint through Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), please visit https://nwccu.org/tools-resources/complaints/.

Complaint Resolution Contacts by State

Regulations require us to provide prospective and current students with contact information for filing complaints. Students residing in states that are not participating in the NC-SARA initiative should select their state of residence from the list below to be connected with the appropriate agency in the state where the student resides.

Students residing in Oregon or a participating NC-SARA state (see above) can refer to the following links to file a complaint against Oregon Tech: Complaint Process and form.