Put simply, the ultimate goal of accreditation is to ensure the quality of the education offered. Accreditation demonstrates that an educational institution is committed to enforcing and maintaining a high standard of quality in the vocational and academic programs they offer.

Through peer reviews, ongoing evaluations by accrediting organizations, and strict adherence to emplaced educational standards, an educational institution can earn and maintain its accredited status. There are a few easy ways to find out if your institution is accredited. We'll let you know on this Web site when you use our School Search tool; if for whatever reason the school you are considering is not in our database, try these two links:

Most but not all online education programs are offered by accredited schools. Accreditation is voluntary, and lack of accreditation does not necessarily denote poor quality of instruction, but there are other reasons why accreditation is important, like:

  • Financial Aid: Most non-accredited educators are not eligible to participate in the Federal Student Aid program. If your school does not participate, you will not be eligible to recieve federal financial aid(like Pell Grants and Stafford Loans). Tuition expenses will be left entirely to you. Non-accredited schools may help students secure private funding, but students miss out on the low-interest and repayment flexibility offered by the Federal Financial Aid system. Check this link on the FAFSA Web site to find out if the school you are considering participates in the Federal Financial Aid program.
  • Transfer of credits: Transferring of credits is usually difficult, but it's almost impossible if the institution you choose is not accredited. Each institution has its own specific guidelines for transferring of credits. A number of factors are involved, including accreditation, grades received, and the variance of curriculum from school to school (generally, the more similar the curriculum, the easier the transfer of credits). If your school is not accredited, credits will not transfer! For example, even if you complete an associate's or bachelor's degree, if the degree-awarding school is not accredited, you will likely be denied admission at an accredited school.
  • Employment opportunities: It's simple! Employers prefer candidates with degrees from accredited educational institutions. It may be difficult to find employment in your chosen field without a diploma or degree from a recognized accredited institution. Employers are well aware of the validity of accreditation and its guarantee of instructional relevance and quality.