Out of State Admissions Information
Lehigh Carbon Community College is:
- accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
- authorized as an institution of higher education by the state of Pennsylvania.
- a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
- LCCC may offer online courses and internships to students in other SARA member states in accordance with the terms and provisions of SARA.
- Currently forty-seven states plus the District of Columbia participate in SARA.
- California, Florida, and Massachusetts do not participate in SARA.
The State a student resides in while completing an educational activity, such as an internship or an online course, is the State that has authority to regulate the activity.
Approved States and Territories
As a SARA institution, LCCC is approved to offer distance education to students in the following states and territories of the United States of America:
||Washington D.C. (District of Columbia)
Restricted States and Territories
At this time, LCCC cannot offer distance education to students in the following states and territories of the United States of America:
|Northern Mariana Islands
|U.S. Virgin Islands
For the most up-to-date list of SARA approved states, please visit: http://www.nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions
Out-of-State Student Complaint Process
Students taking online classes at Lehigh Carbon Community College who are from out-of-state should attempt to resolve any academic issues or complaints with the College first.
In the unlikely event LCCC is unable to resolve your complaint, students in SARA member states may lodge an appeal with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The SARA consumer protection provisions require the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania designated "Portal" entity, to investigate and resolve allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity by LCCC, including the provision of false or misleading information.
To file a complaint with the state of Pennsylvania, please submit a completed HIGHER EDUCATION COMPLAINT FORM to:
Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
E-mail: RAfirstname.lastname@example.org (for submission of form or questions)
Students can also make a complaint in their residing state. Please click on Student Complaint Information by State and Agency for specific information by state.
Professional Licensure Programs
If you are an LCCC student who resides outside of Pennsylvania or intends to complete an internship/clinical placement outside of Pennsylvania in an LCCC program that leads to professional licensure, please review the licensing requirements on the state board website for your state to ensure that the program qualifies. Licensure requirements vary from state to state, and there may be a need for additional authorization from the professional licensing agency in that state. Participating in a program from outside of Pennsylvania, if not properly authorized by that state's professional licensing board, could result in a loss of licensing eligibility. LCCC cannot guarantee program requirements meet the licensure/certification requirements in states other than Pennsylvania.
If you need assistance or have any questions, please see the academic department of your program for further information.