Postsecondary Education Approval

A wide range of postsecondary and higher education institutions are found in Vermont. The Vermont Agency of Education reviews applications to start colleges in the state and protects student records in the event that a postsecondary institution ceases operating.

Out-of-State Colleges

These colleges and universities were chartered outside of Vermont, but are certified by the State Board of Education to offer credit-bearing courses or degrees in the state:

In-State Higher Education Institutions

These colleges and universities were chartered in Vermont:

Records for Closed Postsecondary Schools

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.

It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

The New England Board of Higher Education approved Vermont as a member state in April 2015. Applications for enrollment as an approved postsecondary institution in Vermont will begin on July 1, 2015.

SARA Information

Questions and Completed Applications

Cassandra Ryan, Postsecondary Approvals
VT Agency of Education
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT  05641 or (802) 479-8545

Other Postsecondary Resources

The following organizations play important roles in serving the higher education needs of Vermont residents.


Cassandra Ryan, School Finance Analyst, at or (802) 479-8545

Page Last Updated on July 27, 2015