Out-of-State Online Disclaimer

State Authorization of Distance Learning

State authorization is a requirement in the Higher Education Act that requires institutions to be authorized to offer distance education (online) content to students who reside in a state other than the institution’s home state.

Harford Community College is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). As a NC-SARA institution, Harford Community College is approved to offer distance learning courses to students who reside in other NC-SARA approved states. At this point in time, Harford Community College is unable to admit students from California, as California is not a participating member of NC-SARA.

Students who move to a state where Harford Community College is not authorized will not be able to continue taking coursework with Harford Community College and will lose eligibility for federal student aid.

Supervised Field Experiences for Out-of-State Students

Regardless of NC-SARA membership, some states continue to regulate supervised field experiences including, but not limited to, internships, externships, and practicums. For this reason, Harford Community College may not be able to admit students to courses requiring such supervised field experiences.

Programs Leading to Professional Licensure for Out-of-State Students

NC-SARA does not regulate professional licensing board approval for courses or programs leading to professional licensure. If you are not a resident of Maryland and are taking or have interest in taking courses that lead to professional licensure, Harford Community College recommends that you contact the appropriate licensing agency within your home state prior to beginning coursework at Harford Community College to determine whether the program meets the requirements for licensure in your home state.

Students interested in the online histotechnology program should contact the Continuing Education Office at 443-412-2498 for more information

Refund Policies

When submitting your registration, you assume responsibility for tuition, fees, and charges. Additionally, if your charges become delinquent and are sent to collections, you will be responsible for additional collection costs equaling 33.33% of the delinquent amount. Tuition and fees are non-refundable after the refund deadline. In order to avoid an outstanding financial obligation to the college, you must officially drop your class within the stated refund period. Non-attendance does not constitute a refund or removal of the debt. See Tuition and Fees for more information.

Student Grievance Process for Out-of-State Students

Harford Community College is committed to providing clearly stated, timely, and accessible methods for resolving student grievances. Students who attend Harford Community College, but reside outside of Maryland should follow Harford Community College’s established student grievance process in order to file a grievance. Students should file a complaint with the NC-SARA State Portal Entity for Maryland in the event that the College’s grievance process has been exhausted and the student remains unsatisfied with the outcome. The NC-SARA Complaint Process for Maryland can be downloaded from the Maryland Higher Education Commission website. Complaints regarding student grades or conduct violations are governed by the institution and the laws of the institution's home state.

To file complaints or make other contact with applicable regulatory agencies, contact the Maryland Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection Division.

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