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State Authorization

Aims is proud to offer educational programs online.

As a regionally accredited public college that participates in federal financial aid programs, Aims works to ensure that it provides students with accurate and complete regulatory information. This includes documenting compliance with the state laws in any states where educational programming is offered as required by the U.S. Department of Education's Program Integrity Rules. Not all states require state specific authorizations and the activities that require authorization vary from state to state. Please direct any questions related to state authorizations to


Aims is a participating member in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). 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. SARA is overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional education compacts. For the State of Colorado, this is the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

Once a state has joined SARA, and then subsequently approves a school or college as a participating institution, a university may offer distance education to students residing in SARA participating states. Approved institutions will have no restrictions on advertising, marketing, and program offerings, and minimal restrictions on clinical practice and internships (no greater than 10 students at one location).

For a list of Colorado approved institutions, see:

For a list of currently approved institutions and participating states, see:

Additional measures are required for students that currently reside in a state not participating in SARA.  If you are a student who currently resides in California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York or Puerto Rico, and would like to take a class at Aims, please contact

We are also currently investigating any additional state-by-state considerations for programs that include licensure, practicums and internships that may affect the ability to serve students in certain states for particular programs. If you have any questions about your eligibility for a program that includes licensure, practicum or internship, please contact

State Contact Information for Grievances

Colorado students (and those in the states listed below that have reciprocity with Colorado) who have not reached a satisfactory resolution upon completion of the institutional grievance process may file a complaint with the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Colorado Department of Higher Education:

Heather DeLange Academic Policy Officer
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: (303) 866-2723
Fax: (303) 866-4266