SARA Cost Savings

SARA Cost Savings


In the rapidly changing distance education landscape - made more complex during the COVID-19 pandemic - it’s more important than ever for institutions to reduce costs, limit bureaucratic holdups, streamline compliance, and expand student access and protections. With research done by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), we have taken a detailed look at the estimated cost savings that result from State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) participation, examining how institutions save time and resources while also expanding access to quality distance education programs for students nationwide.

In the reports below, NC-SARA and NCHEMS outline how SARA changes the game for the more than 2,200 postsecondary institutions that voluntarily participate.



             Use the SARA Cost Savings Calculator to estimate the cost savings for your institution when participating in SARA.


                                    THE VALUE OF SARA: A LOT MORE THAN COST SAVINGS!

                     As the Game Changer report reveals, SARA offers many other benefits for institutions, states, and students!

NC-SARA Cost Savings Before and After

Here's a detailed overview of Before & After NC-SARA in a larger view format.

Visit our information about Student Consumer Protections, the SARA student complaint process, and Our Work to learn more about NC-SARA!