State Authorization

UW Colleges Online is authorized to accept students from all 50 states.



UW Colleges Online has been approved by the State of Wisconsin to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.

Distance Learning Education - State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Pursuant to Wis. Stats. Ch. 39.85, et. al, the State of Wisconsin is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the Midwestern Higher Education Compact which regulates the manner in which participating institutions may offer distance learning education to students who reside in other states.  UW Colleges is a participating institution in MSARA. The terms and conditions of SARA can be found at

If a student has a complaint that involves distance learning education offered under the terms and conditions of SARA, the student must file a complaint with the institution first to seek resolution. If no resolution is reached, then the student may file a complaint with the Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB) through the following State Authorization Reciprocity Complaint Process at the following link: or by email to  For purposes of this process, a complaint shall be defined as a formal assertion in writing that the terms of this agreement, or of laws, standards, or regulations incorporated by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Policies and Standards have been violated by the institution operating under the terms of SARA. 

Additional information can be found at

Complaint Process for Out of State Online Students

Students enrolled at UW Colleges Online with any complaints or concerns are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisor. Most complaints can be resolved by confidential and impartial internal processes implemented by the University of Wisconsin Colleges Online Campus.

The following processes are intended only for complaints related to violations of the SARA Terms and Conditions. All other complaints should be directed to UW Colleges Online advisors.

If an issue cannot be resolved using UW Colleges Online internal processes, please follow the appropriate complaint procedure if you reside in California, Florida, or Massachusetts. Students residing in any other state should contact the Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB).

Please note: Student complaints about grades or student conduct may not be appealed to the Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board. 

SARA States

For students from a state other than California, Florida, or Massachusetts.

Student Complaint Process
Contact Information:
University of Wisconsin Office of Academic Affairs
Paige Reed
DLAB Complaint Procedure



Student Complaint Process Contact:
California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
PO Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA  95798-0818

Filing a Complaint


Student Complaint Process Contact: Florida Department of Education Turlington Building, Suite 1514 325 West Gaines Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399 Phone: 850-245-0505 Fax: 850-245-9667 Email Complaint Form and Procedure 


Student Complaint Process Contact: Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Room 1401 One Ashburton Place Boston, MA  02108 Student Complaints

Professional Licensure

UW Colleges Online does not offer any programs leading to professional licensure at this time. 

UW Colleges Online State Authorization Contact Information

For questions regarding State Authorization, please contact:
Michael Bartlett, Dean
UW Colleges Online

UW Colleges Online

34 Schroeder Court, Suite 200

Madison, WI 53711