NC-SARA/Alabama State Portal Agent


Welcome to the Alabama State Portal Agent (ASPA) website. As an Alabama institution with a main (primary) campus physically located in Alabama, your institution may be eligible to participate in the National Council-State Authority Reciprocity Agreement(s).

To be considered by NC-SARA, we recommend that you review the NC-SARA website or simply Google NC-SARA for more information. This information is to ensure that your institution is accredited by a Department of Education recognized accrediting body, provides assurances of financial stability, and maintains a student complaint process comparable to the onsite process available to resident students.

All communications regarding NC-SARA should be directed to:

Tim Vick
Director of Operations and Fiscal Services
Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Physical Address:
100 North Union Street, Suite 782
Montgomery, AL 36104-3758

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36130-2000

(334) 353-9153
tim.vick@ache.alabama.gov

       Steps in the SARA/ASPA Application Process (Initial Application and Renewals)

The following steps are provided to assist you in the application process:
  • STEP 1: The institution’s representative should go to the NC-SARA website and download the appropriate document: http://nc-sara.org/content/sara-applications. When completing the appropriate application, please do not check the boxes under the heading, "STATE Entity to complete this column". That column is reserved for the State Portal Agency. Also please download the NC-SARA Manual. It can be found at: http://nc-sara.org/files/docs/NC-SARA_Manual_Final_2016.pdf.
     
  • STEP 2: In addition to the documents from STEP 1, a "Memorandum of Understanding between the Alabama State Portal Agent (ASPA) and the Institution" should be downloaded and completed. The Initial Application MOU can be found at http://ache.alabama.gov/Content/SARA/Initial-MOU.pdf. The Renewal Application MOU can be found at http://ache.alabama.gov/Content/SARA/Renewal-MOU.pdf.
     
  • STEP 3: Upon completion of the NC-SARA Application and the ASPA MOU, submit both in hard copy along with an institutional warrant (check) for the state service portal fee (only) based upon full-time enrollment (FTE) for the institution as provided on the scale within the MOU. Warrants (checks) should be made out to "State of Alabama (ACHE-ASPA)." All documents and warrants (checks) should be mailed to the attention of Tim Vick at one of the following addresses: Physical Location: Alabama Commission on Higher Education, 100 North Union Street, Suite 782 Montgomery, AL 36104-3758. Mailing address: P.O. Box 302000, Montgomery, AL 36130-2000
     
  • STEP 4: Upon receipt of the SARA application, MOU, and ASPA fee payment, the ASPA will notify the institutional contact that the review is being conducted. If approved for membership, the ASPA will notify the institution by email and NC-SARA through the SalesForce System. The institution does not need to submit its application to NC-SARA. If denied membership, the ASPA will notify the institution of the decision and circumstances of the decision.
     
  • STEP 5: With the completion of the registration review process by the ASPA, the institutional representative must register in the NC-SARA System and pay national fees using the "SalesForce" link provided by NC-SARA once they receive notice of SPA approval. Once payment is made and confirmed at the aforementioned site, the institution will be notified. NC-SARA provides two means of payment: credit card or institutional check. Upon posting, the institution will receive a "welcome letter" from NC-SARA.

All institutions participating in SARA are encouraged to continue reviewing the NC-SARA website and the Alabama Commission On Higher Education's website www.ache.alabama.gov for updated information and available student complaint information.

Thank you for your application. Allow me to wish you good luck and welcome to SARA. You may contact me at AL.SARA@ache.edu if you have questions. All inquires should be from the reciprocity institutional representative.

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       Notice to Non-Alabama NC-SARA Institutions Regarding Operating in Alabama

As a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, your institution only is approved for online activities in Alabama.

If you establish any sort of physical presence in Alabama (office, clinical site, internship), your institution will need to go through the state authorization process. Directions for that process can be found here: http://www.ache.alabama.gov/NRI.

As for licensure programs that fall under the purview of discipline-specific state boards (e.g., state board of nursing), your institution will need to contact the various entities in regard to their licensure requirements.

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