To make sure your college program has been proven to meet the highest education standards, you need to verify if the college is accredited.
Online colleges are held to the same standards as traditional colleges and universities. The schools and institutions that meet the standards of providing a quality education are accredited by one of the six online education accrediting organizations. These select programs have taken it upon themselves to stand for a high standard of education.
The bottom line is if your degree is not from an accredited program, it's nothing more than a very expensive piece of paper. Making sure the program you want to attend is accredited is one of the first steps you should take before enrolling.
Here are ways you can find out if a school or institution is accredited.
1. Ask the school! Accredited schools are more than happy to tell the details of their accreditation.
2. Verify if the school is accredited at the Council on Higher Education Accreditation's website (www.chea.org).
3. Check with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) for any listed complaints.
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