The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions offering distance education across state lines to seek authorization to offer online courses in states where students physically reside. In 2015 the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies became a member institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This membership allows the Graduate School to admit online students from 49 states (this excludes California) and most U.S. Territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is considered exempt in California, students can be admitted from that state as well. Therefore, the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School is able to admit online students from all 50 states. Individuals considering a course or program in preparation for professional licensing or certification outside Minnesota should check licensing requirements in their respective states. For more information, contact the Admissions and Recruitment Specialist.