State Authorization & Program Integrity

On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released the final “program integrity” regulations. One regulation requires postsecondary institutions offering distance or correspondence courses to students not living in the institution’s state to obtain authorization from states in which it operates (has enrolled students). This authorization is required for students of that state to receive federal financial aid (

CGTC is a member of Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB), one of the four regional compacts which comprise NC-SARA. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Additional information on CGTC’s State Authorizations and Program Integrity is provided below.

Central Georgia Technical College is authorized to provide online education to students who reside in 49 SARA member states*:


Alabama Maine Oklahoma
Alaska Maryland Oregon
Arizona Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Arkansas Michigan Rhode Island
Colorado Minnesota South Carolina
Connecticut Mississippi South Dakota
Delaware Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming
Kentucky North Dakota
Lousiana Ohio

The following states do not require authorization for colleges with no physical presence in the state*:



NC-SARA Map of Authorizations

SREB Background and Details


*Certain online programs, which include internships, practicums, or other experiential requirements may trigger additional State Authorization requirements. Individuals may check program availability in your state by contacting
Complaint Process
Any complaints pertaining to a Central Georgia Technical College online course or program should be filed with Central Georgia Technical College first. Complaints not resolved at the college level may be submitted to TCSG. Additional directions and links are available on the CGTC Grievance Procedure page.


*Are you in a program leading to licensure and you live or plan to live outside of Georgia? Review the State Licensure disclosure page for a list of states where CGTC programs meet state requirements.