Why should I consider attending an accredited institution?
Accreditation is very important to assuring quality of education and oversight of institutional practices. DEAC requires institutions to comply with standards (detailed in the DEAC Accreditation Handbook) that:
- Observe ethical practices and procedures in the recruitment of students. An institution must comply with applicable federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to student recruitment.
- Issue an enrollment agreement for all enrolled students which includes information on tuition, truth-in-lending, institution policies, and refund policies.
- Employ faculty who are qualified to teach not only through credentials earned but also in a distance education learning environment.
- Make an official transcript available to students upon request in accordance with the institution’s policies.
- Utilize a policy and procedure for handling student complaints and inform students in writing of that policy and procedure.
- Maintain institutional effectiveness and strategic planning.
- Deliver program outcomes, curricula and materials at an appropriate level and rigor.
- Provide educational and student support services to assist students in meeting their educational needs and goals.
- Implement a comprehensive assessment program to monitor student achievement and satisfaction.
- Demonstrate effective leadership through qualified and experienced administrators, faculty and staff.
- Observe ethical practices in all advertising that accurately reflects institutional information and promotional materials.
- Demonstrate financial capacity and stability.
Please watch our video, The Importance of Accreditation, for more information.
Is there financial aid available for courses taken with DEAC-accredited institutions?
Once an institution is accredited, it is eligible to participate, if it chooses to and is otherwise qualified, in a number of financial student assistance programs, which include:
- Federal Title IV student loans and grants
- The Montgomery G.I. Bill
- The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill
- Military Tuition Assistance Programs for Spouses (Career Advancement Accounts) and Active Duty Army Vocational courses (AVOTEC)
Also, most DEAC institutions offer monthly tuition payment plans. Check with institutions individually for more information.
If I get a high school diploma from a DEAC-accredited institution, will it be accepted?
A high school diploma from an accredited distance education institution is comparable to a resident high school. However, if you are planning on enrolling in a college or university, please check with the institution to be certain its admissions requirements permit a distance education high school diploma.
Will the credits I receive from a DEAC-accredited institution be accepted by a traditional college or university?
Acceptance of degrees or credits from DEAC-accredited institutions is largely determined by the policy of the “receiving organization,” e.g., an employer, a college registrar, etc. DEAC accreditation is not a guarantee that credit will transfer to any college or university. Always check with the college or university that you wish to transfer your credits to before you enroll in a course.
If my credits do not transfer to a regionally accredited college, is my DEAC credential useless?
No. Transfer of credit is a complex matter that is dependent on the decisions by a receiving institution. It involves transfer of credit between dissimilar institutions and curricula and recognition of extra-institutional learning, as well as transfer between institutions and curricula with similar characteristics. As their personal circumstances and educational objectives change, students seek to have their learning, wherever and however attained, recognized by institutions where they enroll for further study. It is important for reasons of social equity and educational effectiveness for all institutions to develop reasonable and definitive policies and procedures for acceptance of such learning experiences, as well as for the transfer of credits earned at another institution. Such policies and procedures should provide maximum consideration for the individual student who has changed institutions or objectives. It is the receiving institution’s responsibility to provide reasonable and definitive policies and procedures for determining a student’s knowledge in required subject areas. All sending institutions have a responsibility to furnish transcripts and other documents necessary for a receiving institution to judge the quality and quantity of the student’s work. Institutions also have a responsibility to advise the student that the work reflected on the transcript may or may not be accepted by a receiving institution as bearing the same (or any) credits as those awarded by the provider institution, or that the credits awarded will be applicable to the academic credential the student is pursuing.