Regionally Accredited Online Colleges


Regionally Accredited Online Colleges

More than ever, it is important you ensure that you choose a regionally accredited online college. By checking a school’s accreditation up front, you will avoid finding out later that your credits may not transfer to another school. Or worse, that your employer does not recognize your degree.


There are actually two types of accreditation: institutional and programmatic. Institutional accreditation makes sure the college itself meets certain standards, while program level accreditation makes sure a specific program meets its particular industry’s standards.

Accreditation is further broken down into national and regional. National accreditation is typically used by colleges looking to get their students started in careers as soon as possible. These include technical, vocational and religious schools. Trantransfer credits are not widely recognized by regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Regional accreditation, on the other hand, is the standard recognized by most traditional colleges and universities, and is therefore more widely accepted. Both national and regional accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, but regional accreditation makes it easier to transfer college credits to other regionally accredited institutions.

Colorado Technical UniversityHigher Learning Commission
Strayer UniversityThe Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Southern New Hampshire UniversityNew England Commission of Higher Education
Ashford UniversityWASC Senior College and University Commission
Liberty UniversitySouthern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Purdue Global UniversityHigher Learning Commission
Grand Canyon UniversityHigher Learning Commission

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According to the US Department of Ed, college accreditation is used by both students and universities to:

  • Verify that a college or university meets established standards.
  • Help students identify acceptable colleges or universities.
  • Allow colleges and universities determine the acceptability of transfer credits.
  • Set goals to raise the standards among educational institutions.
  • Establish criteria for professional certification and licensure and for upgrading courses offering such preparation.
  • Set a basis for receiving federal financial aid.

You can check your school’s accreditation by visiting the following:

To check distance learning accreditation, visit:

Beware of these phrases when considering a school’s accreditation:

  • “Pursuing Accreditation”
  • “Chartered”
  • “Licensed”
  • “Registered”
  • “Recognized”
  • “Approved”

These terms do not necessarily mean a school is accredited. To verify regional accreditation of a school, visit the CHEA.

Southern New Hampshire University

  • Take advantage of some of the nation’s most affordable tuition rates, while earning a degree from a private, nonprofit, NEASC accredited university
  • Qualified students with 2.5 GPA and up may receive up to $20K in grants & scholarships
  • Multiple term start dates throughout the year. 24/7 online classroom access.
  • Offering over 200 online degree

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