For Ball State Online Students from States Other than Indiana

The U.S. Department of Education requires that any U.S. college or university offering online or distance programs to citizens in a state where the program is not physically located to meet the requirements of those other states to legally offer postsecondary, online education to their residents.

The regulations for authorization vary from state to state.

Ball State, located in Indiana, is currently authorized by or pursuing authorization from all states, plus Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories.

State Authorization Map


All online, out-of-state students need to check this map to determine if their states currently allow them to enroll at Ball State. Please check regularly for updates.

We urge you to review the regulations regarding authorization of your specific state if you are all of the following:

  • a U.S. citizen
  • do not live in Indiana
  • are thinking about enrolling in a Ball State online program

If you become a Ball State student, you are responsible for checking program authorization and licensure requirements in your state of residence. Rules and regulations vary by state. If you move to a new state, you are responsible for ensuring our program is approved in your new state.

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Review our state authorization map for the latest information, as these situations can change.

Currently Accepting . . .

We are accepting online students from all states. However, in a few states because of state-specific licensing issues, we are not allowed to admit students in nursing programs. In addition, New York and Kentucky have unusual special exceptions.

You may also check with the advisor for the program in which you are interested.


Professional Licensure

If the field you are studying requires professional licensure, make sure you are aware of license requirements within the state in which you wish to work.

Complaint Resolution

If you have any questions or issues related to Ball State and state authorization, we encourage you to review our complaint resolution policy and contact us. We will make sure the person who can best help you will contact you within one business day.

You may also wish to log complaints with your own state officials.


Contact Gretchen DeHart, our academic compliance manager.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity AgreementsAs an Indiana institution, Ball State University is a participant in the National Council for State Authorization for Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). This group has established a reciprocity process among member states to help ensure high quality standards are met in relation to state authorizations for distance learning. 

Through SARA, Ball State may provide online education to residents of any other member state without seeking authorization from each of those states individually. In addition, Ball State is authorized in California and Massachusetts, which have chosen not to participate in SARA.