As of July 1, 2020, federal regulations require Title IV institutions to provide certain professional licensure disclosures to enrolled students and prospective students (34 §C.F.R. 668.43). State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) participating institutions must comply with slightly broader SARA requirements in addition to the federal regulations, regardless of Title IV participation (SARA Manual v 21.1, Sec 5.2, para 2).
Professional licensure disclosure requirements apply to each program, regardless of modality, that is designed to meet educational requirements for specific professional licensure or certification, if the licensure or certification is required for employment in an occupation or advertised as meeting such requirements.
The creation of the page for Professional Licensure Disclosures was developed in conjunction with the participating community colleges to fulfil the General Disclosures requirement. The community colleges of Mississippi agreed to collaborate, where applicable, to reduce duplication of effort and to ensure system-wide compliance with federal requirements and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA).
Prospective and current students are encouraged to research the requirements in their current or intended state of residence to ensure that their intended enrollment in a program will meet the requirements of their state’s licensing agency. It may be necessary to reach out to state agencies with questions or clarification.
U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) requires an institution to disclose whether programs leading to professional licensure or certification, regardless of modality, meet each state's educational requirements. Specifically, the regulation requires the following:
- A list of all states for which the program's curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification,
- A list of all states for which the program's curriculum does not meet state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification, and
- A list of all states for which the institution has not made a determination of whether the curriculum meets educational requirements.