Frequently Asked Questions
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Accredited vs. Unaccredited Institutions
Accredited colleges & universities have agreed to have their institutions and programs reviewed by an outside accrediting organization on a routine basis to ensure a high standard of educational quality and training.
This accreditation process is detailed and in-depth. Not only is the institution's educational product reviewed, but also its employees, facilities, equipment, and supplies. Any elements that are necessary in the student's educational process are reviewed regularly to ensure standardization and quality before the accrediting body gives its stamp of approval. Additionally, the results of the accrediting body's evaluation are provided to the institution to address specific items for improvement.
Financial Aid Availability
Federal student aid and military financial assistance, such as the G.I. Bill, are only available to students who attend accredited institutions, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, some corporations offer tuition assistance to their employees for successful completion of courses at an accredited institution.
Approximately 1/3 of students who start at a two or four year institution after high school will transfer to another school before they earn a bachelor's degree. Students who transfer from an unaccredited institution are likely to find that the credits they have earned are not transferrable to their new school. Attending a regionally accredited school ensures the maximum transferability of any credits earned.
Even with credits earned at an accredited institution, it is highly recommended that you contact an institution to which you desire to transfer to find out if your educational goals can be met there. Attending an accredited school does not guarantee acceptance of credits earned upon transferring. Institutions still have discretion to determine this.
Many employers in the United States only recognize degrees earned from institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education.