Before attending a college or university, students need to know whether that institution is accredited. Only institutions that are accredited by a recognized agency are eligible to receive federal financial aid – in other words, students who attend institutions that are NOT accredited cannot obtain federal loans or grants to help pay for tuition.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, “Accreditation is an important signal to students, families, and the Department about whether a school offers a quality education. Accreditors have a responsibility under federal law to make sure colleges earn that seal.”
So how do you determine whether an institution is accredited? And why does accreditation matter to students? Click the links below to learn the answers to these critical questions.