Student Consumer Information


Consumer Information Categories

The U.S. Higher Education Act require universities participating in federally funded financial aid programs to make certain information about the institution available to current and prospective students and other interested parties. This page aggregates links to a wide range of such information available online from a variety of sources on campus.

General Institutional Information

See also: College Navigator (National Center for Education Statistics)

Student Outcomes
Distance Learning Disclosures for Education for Working Professionals Programs

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide more access to online courses while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. To learn more about SARA, visit:  New York State is a member of SARA, and Rensselaer has been approved for participation by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

Distance Learning Complaint Process for Out-of-State Students

Students residing in states other than New York while enrolled in a course offered by Rensselaer are encouraged to contact their academic department to resolve the matter informally, or they may follow the Report a Concern | RPI INFO complaint process prior to filing a complaint with their state agency or agencies.  If a complaint related to distance education (not issues related to grades or examinations) is not resolved satisfactorily within the Institute, then students may also file a complaint with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) ( which oversees higher education in New York State.  More information about the student complaint process can be found on the NC-SARA website at