Overview of compliance.

Cornerstone University is a private not-for-profit Christian university located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with additional physical locations within the State of Michigan. Federal and state laws have established requirements that regulate distance (online) education programs offered by post-secondary institutions. Cornerstone University makes every effort to comply with these laws related to delivery of it's distance education programs.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

Map of SARA Member statesCornerstone University is approved by the State of Michigan to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by post-secondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. As an approved institution in the State of Michigan, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and programs in all other SARA-member states (see map).

For States that are not yet part of SARA, Cornerstone University may still be able to offer online courses to residents of those states. Locate your state, in the list below for information on Cornerstone's authorization status.

If an enrolled student from an authorized state moves to a state where Cornerstone is not authorized, the University may be unable to complete any future Federal Financial Aid disbursements to the student.

Any complaints should first go through Cornerstone University's standard procedure for resolution of student grievances (see the Student Handbook for details). If a student is not satisfied with the outcome, complaints from residents of SARA member states, may contact the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, otherwise see your's state's relevant regulating agency listed below.

Authorization Status by State

  • Alabama — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Alaska — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Arizona — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Arkansas — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • California — Exempt: Cornerstone University does not have a physical presence in the State of California and as such is not required to seek approval from California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, per the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 Section 94858.
  • Colorado — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Connecticut — Exempt: Only institutions with a physical presence are subject to the requirements of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, per the Connecticut Regulations for Licensure and Accreditation of Institutions and Programs of Higher Education Section 10a-34-24.
  • Delaware — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • District of Columbia — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Florida — Exempt: Cornerstone University does not have a physical presence in the state of Florida and does not hold short-term, face-to-face, seminars, conferences or other activities located within the state. As such, according to Florida's NonPublic Postsecondary Education Statute Title XLVIII Chapter 1005, is exempt from authorization.
  • Georgia — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Hawaii — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Idaho — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Illinois — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Indiana — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Iowa — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Kansas — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Kentucky — Exempt: Since Cornerstone University has certified that it is not engaging in any of the "operating and soliciting" activities listed in the licensing regulation 13 KAR 1:020 Section 1(8)(a)-(e), licensure is not required at this time.
  • Louisiana — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Maine — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Maryland — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Massachusetts — Cornerstone University is NOT authorized to admit Massachusetts residents into any online courses or programs.
  • Michigan — Authorized: Cornerstone University is authorized to offer degree programs and/or classes leading to degrees anywhere in the State of Michigan.
    • Contact Information: Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Commercial Services Licensing Division (517.241.6806 or http://www.michigan.gov/pss)
  • Minnesota — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Mississippi — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Missouri — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Montana — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Nebraska — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Nevada — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • New Hampshire — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • New Jersey — Exempt: Cornerstone University only offers distance education programs to New Jersey residents and there is no physical presence within the state, so licensure is not required.
  • New Mexico — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • New York — Exempt: Cornerstone University does not have a physical presence in New York, and as such does not need to apply with the New York State Education Department for authorization to deliver online programs, advertise in New York State media and recruit students at college fairs, job fairs or trade shows.
  • North Carolina — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • North Dakota — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Ohio — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Oklahoma — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Oregon — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Pennsylvania — Exempt: Cornerstone University does not offer courses, programs, or degrees or maintain a campus or other address, including a post office box, telephone number, recruiters, instructors, advertising in local media and publications at a location in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As such, Cornerstone University does not need to seek authorization to offer online programs to residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education per 24 Pennsylvania Code Chapter 31.2.
  • Rhode Island — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • South Carolina — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • South Dakota — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Tennessee — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Texas — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Utah — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Vermont — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Virginia — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Washington — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • West Virginia — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Wisconsin — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.
  • Wyoming — SARA Member. As a member of SARA, Cornerstone University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs to residents.