Guide to Online Schools provides accreditation, tuition, financial aid, profit status, and more as reported by the Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics. We also provide recommend rates from online students for schools, allowing you to find the online degrees that left graduates prepared for a successful career and without financial regrets.
Every single online school and college represented on Guide to Online Schools is accredited.
Accreditation signifies that a college’s education meets quality standards that support success for graduates. While accrediting agencies are private organizations, the US Department of Education publishes a list of approved accreditation agencies. The DOE also provides a list of which accreditations a school has received from those approved agencies.
Online schools go through the same accreditation process as campus schools and many agencies accredit both types. However, there are some agencies specific to distance learning like the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.
For most online degrees, it is recommended that students attend institutions that are regionally accredited versus nationally accredited, as the quality standards are generally higher. However, for some professions, including many vocational or trade professions, national accreditation is the standard. Furthermore, some subjects—like accounting, counseling, nursing, and teaching—have special programmatic accrediting agencies that recognize quality in particular subjects, versus at the institutional level. Prospective online students can use our site to determine whether a programmatic accrediting agency is relevant to them and find an appropriate degree.
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