Louisiana RS 17 1808 requires all academic degree-granting institutions operating in the State of Louisiana to register with the Board of Regents and be licensed unless otherwise exempt.
Academic Degree-Granting Institutions
Religious Exemption and Registration:
Exemption from licensure is restricted to institutions named in law and religious institutions that grant religious degrees exclusively. The degrees must be religious in nature by title and content. While religious institutions are exempt from licensure, registration is mandatory. Academic degree-granting religious institutions seeking to register in Louisiana should complete the New Institution Registration Form. Currently registered academic degree-granting religious institutions seeking annual renewal should complete the Renewal Registration Form. If you have questions regarding religious exemption and registration, please contact Hannah Courtney at Hannah.Courtney@laregents.edu. Click here for a list of currently registered religious institutions in Louisiana.
Licensure Process for Institutions Operating in Louisiana:
For institutions domiciled in Louisiana, the term operating applies to the offering of courses and programs through any modality. For institutions domiciled outside Louisiana, the term operate shall mean the offering of courses that are physically delivered in the State of Louisiana and/or require clinical experiences in the State of Louisiana. The term clinical experiences shall mean site-based learning activities (e.g. clinical, internships, student teaching, practicum, field-based experiences, etc.) in settings (e.g. hospitals, schools, businesses, etc.) in which students are working with patients, children, teachers, principals, etc. in Louisiana and are observed/assisted/evaluated by supervisors, preceptors, coaches, teachers, principals, or other individuals to determine that course and program requirements have been addressed. SARA-approved institutions which offer interstate supervised clinical experiences in Louisiana are exempt from licensure if the interstate supervised field experiences place fewer than 11 students from each program in Louisiana who are physically present simultaneously at a single facility/site.
For more information on the licensure process, please see the Compiled Rules and Regulations.
Academic degree-granting institutions seeking licensure should complete the License Application for Post Secondary Degree Seeking Institution
Currently licensed institutions seeking biennial renewal should complete the Renewal License Application for Post Secondary Degree Granting Institution.
NEW academic-degree granting institutions domiciled in Louisiana should complete the License Application for New post Secondary Degree Granting Institution Domiciled in LA. If granted licensure, NEW Louisiana domiciled unaccredited institutions are also required to post a surety bond issued by a surety authorized to do business in the state of Louisiana in the amount of $10,000 to cover the period of the license and submit the Surety Bond Form New LA Academic Degree Granting Institutions.
If you have questions regarding the registration or licensure process, please contact Hannah Courtney at Hannah.Courtney@laregents.edu.
Teacher Education and Educational Leader Courses and Programs:
Teacher Education and Educational Leader courses and programs may warrant additional requirements and approvals.
Louisiana became a member of SARA on December 1, 2014. SARA is a national initiative which seeks to establish comparable national standards for the interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. SARA is a voluntary agreement among regional compacts (SREB, NEBHE, MHEC, and WICHE) and member states. Each member state approves their in-state institutions for SARA participation. Institutional membership is voluntary and open to accredited, degree-granting institutions from all sectors of postsecondary education (proprietary, public, private). Once approved, SARA member institutions may offer distance education programs in other SARA member states without additional authorization. For more information on SARA, and for the latest listing of participating states and institutions, visit www.nc-sara.org/directory
PLEASE NOTE: As of January 11, 2021, Initial and Renewal applications have been combined into one document with a check box to select initial or renewal. The link to the updated application is under step #2 below.
For postsecondary institutions located in Louisiana: Accredited, degree-granting institutions located in Louisiana seeking INITIAL SARA membership and RENEWAL SARA membership should do the following:
- Review the following document: Louisiana SARA Institutional Application Process and Student Complaint Process
- Complete the Application and Approval Form for Institution Participation in SARA
- Attach the following documents to the Application for Institutional Approval to Participate in SARA:(a) A copy of the institution’s student complaint process;(b) documentation explaining the institution’s policies and practices addressing catastrophic events; and(c) continuity of operations
- Enclose a check or money order in the amount of $1,500, made payable to the Louisiana Board of Regents
- Submit the above items to:
The Louisiana Board of Regents
P.O. Box 3677
Baton Rouge, LA. 70821-3677
Attention: LeAnn Detillier
Applications are reviewed and approved on a rolling-basis. Applications will be reviewed and submitted to the Board of Regents for consideration within 60 days of receipt.
If you have questions regarding the SARA institutional application process, please contact LeAnn Detillier at LeAnn. Detillier@laregents.edu.
For SARA-approved postsecondary institutions located outside of Louisiana:
- SARA-approved postsecondary institutions listed on the NC-SARA website’s listing of approved institutions (www.nc-sara.org) may operate within Louisiana without additional authorization, unless the institution offers courses or programs which require clinical experiences in the State of Louisiana and such clinical experiences place more than 10 students from each program in Louisiana who are physically present simultaneously at a single facility/site.
SARA Student Complaint Process
(NOTE: THIS PROCESS IS ONLY APPLICABLE TO SARA STUDENTS)
If you are a student living outside of Louisiana in a state currently participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), and you are enrolled via distance education in a Louisiana college/university that is a current member of SARA, and you are unable to resolve a complaint with the college/university, or feel that not all issues were resolved with the final disposition of the college/university, you may appeal to the Louisiana Board of Regents. To find out whether or not your college/university is SARA-approved and/or the state in which you reside is a SARA state, please visit the National Council for SARA website at www.nc-sara.org. Below are links to the forms you will need to file your formal complaint:
The Master Plan
To move Louisiana aggressively forward, the Board of Regents has embraced a robust new attainment goal that calls for 60% of all working-age adults (ages 25-64) in Louisiana to hold a degree or high-value credential by 2030. As we stand on the brink of a new decade, this Master Plan, born of the Board of Regents’ unique charge to guide postsecondary education across the state, will set the foundation to increase opportunity. Our Talent Imperative is to Educate, Innovate, and Collaborate.