List of Online Colleges with National Accreditation
National accrediting agencies evaluate primarily career, vocational, and trade schools across the United States. As a result, these schools tend to be less expensive, require less general coursework, and feature a more practical, career-oriented curriculum. Continue reading to find schools accredited by agencies approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education, or check out our lists of schools accredited at the programmatic or regional levels.
The U.S. Department of Education accredits colleges and universities as a mark of quality. Accreditation lets employers, other schools, and certifying boards know that you received a rigorous education in your field. All schools on our site are accredited.
Colleges with National Accreditation
|School||Accrediting Agency||Annual Tuition|
|Abraham Lincoln University||Accrediting Agency DEAC||Annual Tuition $30,550|
|American Public University System||Accrediting Agency DEAC||Annual Tuition $6,880|
|Andrews University||Accrediting Agency DEAC||Annual Tuition $28,436|
|The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division||Accrediting Agency ACICS||Annual Tuition $17,014|
|Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Online||Accrediting Agency ACCET||Annual Tuition $23,900 - $23,982|
|Bob Jones University||Accrediting Agency TRACS||Annual Tuition $16,500|
|Brookline College Online||Accrediting Agency ABHES and ACICS||Annual Tuition $14,500 - $15,515|
|Bryan University Online||Accrediting Agency ACCSC||Annual Tuition $15,400 - $15,447|
|California Coast University||Accrediting Agency DEAC||Annual Tuition $4,725|
|California Institute of Advanced Management||Accrediting Agency ACICS||Annual Tuition $20,000|
|Calvary University||Accrediting Agency ABHE||Annual Tuition $11,152|
|Carrington College||Accrediting Agency ABHES and ACCSC||Annual Tuition $13,975 - $54,125|
|Columbia International University||Accrediting Agency ABHE||Annual Tuition $22,390|
|Columbia Southern University||Accrediting Agency DEAC||Annual Tuition $6,600|
|Crown College||Accrediting Agency ABHE||Annual Tuition $25,430|
|Eastern Kentucky University||Accrediting Agency ACCET||Annual Tuition $18,250|
|ECPI University Online||Accrediting Agency ABHES, ACCET, and ACCSC||Annual Tuition $15,051|
|Full Sail University||Accrediting Agency ACCSC||Annual Tuition $23,694|
|Grantham University||Accrediting Agency DEAC||Annual Tuition $6,540|
|Independence University||Accrediting Agency ACCSC and DEAC||Annual Tuition $16,968|
All National Accreditation Agencies
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)
- Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools (AARTS)
The Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges is the primary accreditor of private vocational and technical schools in the United States. Recognized by the US Department of Education, ACCSC strives to be an authority on educational quality, provide opportunities for students, and help develop a highly trained, competitive workforce.
The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training evaluates noncollegiate institutions that provide educational resources and training within US corporations or companies. These continuing education and training programs are private career schools, corporate training departments, intensive English teaching programs, trade associations, labor union training programs, religious organizations, public affairs societies, and volunteer organizations. ACCET is officially recognized by the US Department of Education and the International Organization for Standardization.
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and School reviews independent schools, colleges, and institutions that emphasize professional career training. ACICS works collaboratively with the US Department of Education and the state of the school under review to determine accreditation status. The three organizations act as checks for one another to ensure the highest quality evaluation. ACICS is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
The Association for Biblical Higher Education mandates that its accredited schools require students to pass a core of biblical and theological studies, along with general studies and professional studies. ABHE is committed to promoting excellence and forging a new mold for Christian education. Along with undergraduate education, a growing number of the ABHE-accredited institutions have established their own seminaries and graduate divisions and conduct academic research. ABHE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
The Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic School is an independently run organization made up of rabbinical and Talmudic training experts, and it sets undergraduate and graduate educational standards in the field throughout the United States. The association advocates traditional thought in a modern world through the balance of the old and new. Accredited programs must meet high standards in education, finance, and graduate requirements in order to be considered. AARTS is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
The Council on Occupational Education represents regional institutions in the public, private, Job Corps, Army, Navy, Department of Defense, and private industry sectors. Recognized by the US Department of Education, COE oversees more than 430 associate degree- and non-degree-granting education institutions.
The Distance Education & Training Council is a national accrediting agency that promotes and develops distance learning as a viable alternative to traditional learning systems. DETC accredits schools and colleges that encompass over 500 online degrees, correspondence programs, and other forms of distance education that range from very small, local educational institutions, to large multinational operations. The commission accredits schools and colleges by examining their educational, ethical, and business practices, approving only those who meet its strict criteria. DETC is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences is an independent agency that oversees the institutional accreditation of postsecondary schools that offer courses in cosmetology arts and sciences. NACCAS is officially recognized by the US Department of Education.
The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools is a national accrediting agency for US Christian institutions, colleges, universities, and seminaries. TRACS is a voluntary, nonprofit organization founded in 1979 that maintains relations worldwide with the International Network for Quality Assurance. TACCS is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.