Postsecondary State Authorizations and SARA

Grand Canyon University offers programs in compliance with the laws and regulations of the state in which it operates as defined by the jurisdiction’s laws. Grand Canyon University may be authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval depending upon the laws of the relevant state.

State Authorizations


As an Arizona-based institution, GCU is authorized by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSE)
1740 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: 602-542-5709


Grand Canyon University has been provisionally licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to operate as a private postsecondary educational institution at the following location within the state of Nevada.

2485 Village View Drive
Henderson, NV 89074

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
2800 E. St. Louis
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Phone: 702-486-7330


Grand Canyon University has been granted a certificate of State Authorization as a registered postsecondary school from the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. As a result, Grand Canyon University is authorized to offer laboratory and simulation components of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Pre-Licensure, Accelerated (ABSN) program at the following location:

Grand Canyon University
150 Civic Center Dr., Ste 100
Sandy, UT 84070

Utah Division of Consumer Protection
160 E. 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Phone: 801-530-6601


Grand Canyon University is authorized by the Wyoming Department of Education (WYDOE) to offer educational services to Wyoming students. For more information, please visit the Wyoming Department of Education website.

Wyoming Department of Education
122 W. 25th St., Ste. E200
Cheyenne, WY 82002

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Participant

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states and locations in the United States that is intended to simplify the process for students in one state to take online courses offered by a postsecondary institution based in another state. Grand Canyon University is a SARA approved institution. As a SARA participating institution operating within SARA guidelines, GCU may offer its programs to students living within SARA member states. For more information, visit

The following is a list of SARA member states and territories:

  • Alabama – AL
  • Alaska – AK
  • Arizona – AZ
  • Arkansas – AR
  • Colorado – CO
  • Connecticut – CT
  • Delaware – DE
  • Florida – FL
  • Georgia – GA
  • Hawaii – HI
  • Idaho – ID
  • Illinois – IL
  • Indiana – IN
  • Iowa – IA
  • Kansas – KS
  • Kentucky – KY
  • Louisiana – LA
  • Maine – ME
  • Maryland – MD
  • Massachusetts – MA
  • Michigan – MI
  • Minnesota – MN
  • Mississippi – MS
  • Missouri – MO
  • Montana – MT
  • Nebraska – NE
  • Nevada – NV
  • New Hampshire – NH
  • New Jersey – NJ
  • New Mexico – NM
  • New York – NY
  • North Carolina – NC
  • North Dakota – ND
  • Ohio – OH
  • Oklahoma – OK
  • Oregon – OR
  • Pennsylvania – PA
  • Puerto Rico – PR
  • Rhode Island – RI
  • South Carolina – SC
  • South Dakota – SD
  • Tennessee – TN
  • Texas – TX
  • U.S. Virgin Islands – VI
  • Utah – UT
  • Vermont – VT
  • Virginia – VA
  • Washington – WA
  • West Virginia – WV
  • Wisconsin – WI
  • Wyoming – WY


SARA Grievance Process

Grand Canyon University is a SARA participating institution. The Arizona SARA Council has jurisdiction over Arizona SARA-approved institutions in relation to non-instructional complaints. Instructional complaints, such as grade grievances, are not reviewed by the Council and should not be submitted for review. Distance education students who reside in SARA states (see list of SARA states at, may file a non-instructional complaint with the Arizona SARA council. However, non-instructional complaints may only be filed with SARA after student’s have first utilized GCU's appeals process (see University Policy Handbook - University Appeal Procedures) and the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education’s complaint process. Non-instructional complaints may be submitted to AZ-SARA via

GCU Accreditation and Licensure

GCU is a fully accredited university, with regional and programmatic accreditations. To view GCU’s accreditation and licensure, please visit our University Accreditation page. For information on our licensure, visit our Professional Licensure and Certification page.

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