Make sure that your school is accredited BEFORE enrolling. Use our School Search tool, or look at this link, from the USDE to check the accreditation status on institutions in which you are interested.

If the school you are considering is not accredited, that doesn't always mean it's a bad institution. Accreditation is voluntary and there may be mitigating circumstances that may prevent a school from being accredited. Ask the admissions counselors of non-accredited schools if the school is currently in the accrediting process. If not, why not?

Beware of degree mills - organizations that offer counterfeit diplomas and transcripts. As always, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Investigate claims of accreditation that may seem questionable through the links above.