Selecting an Online School      DIFFERENCES BETWEEN   REGIONALLY AND NATIONALLY       ACCREDITED SCHOOLS       WHY SHOULD ...
Why Choose Online School?            Better time management            Flexible online learning             experience  ...
Before Choosing an Online College, Before choosing an online college, you need to know about school accreditation systems...
Educational Accreditation Overview In order to obtain a regional or national accreditation status, a school must go throu...
Accreditation Overview           Designated agencies evaluate            submitted curriculum and            practices by...
Why Accreditation is Important? According to the US department of Education site:    The Goal of     Accreditation is to...
Nationally Accredited Schools Not based on geographic locations Teaches specific types of skill sets rather than offerin...
Regionally Accredited Schools Based on geographic locations There are total 6 regional agencies that authorize accredita...
Differences School Class Credits Transfer Federal Financial Aid Overall Educational Costs                www.StudentLoa...
Difference #1: Class Credits Transfer            Regionally accredited schools              Do not allow course credit u...
Difference #2: Federal Financial Aid Regionally accredited schools   provide students with federal    financial aid opti...
Difference #3: Overall Educational Costs Regionally accredited schools   Because schools with regional accreditation rec...
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Regional vs National Accredited Online Schools

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If you plan to attend online colleges and need financial aid from government such as federal student loans, direct loan consolidation, grants and scholarship, make sure that you select an online school that is regionally accredited.

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Regional vs National Accredited Online Schools

  1. 1. Selecting an Online School DIFFERENCES BETWEEN REGIONALLY AND NATIONALLY ACCREDITED SCHOOLS WHY SHOULD WE CARE? www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  2. 2. Why Choose Online School?  Better time management  Flexible online learning experience  You can work at your own pace  Certified instructors at accredited schools  Various online degree programs www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  3. 3. Before Choosing an Online College, Before choosing an online college, you need to know about school accreditation systems in United States to make a better decision In US, there are two types of accredited systems  Nationally Accredited Schools  Regionally Accredited Schools www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  4. 4. Educational Accreditation Overview In order to obtain a regional or national accreditation status, a school must go through a thorough review process.  Review process include  Meeting established standards  Self-study  On site evaluation  Publication  Monitoring  Re-evaluation www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  5. 5. Accreditation Overview  Designated agencies evaluate submitted curriculum and practices by a school and make a decision.  Programs provided by schools must meet established standards in order to be accredited www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  6. 6. Why Accreditation is Important? According to the US department of Education site:  The Goal of Accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  7. 7. Nationally Accredited Schools Not based on geographic locations Teaches specific types of skill sets rather than offering all different types of degree and major programs Example: vocational schools such as Cosmetology institute www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  8. 8. Regionally Accredited Schools Based on geographic locations There are total 6 regional agencies that authorize accreditation status for each school  New England Association  Southern Association  North Central Association  Northwest Association  Middle State Association  Western Association Representation of Traditional schools www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  9. 9. Differences School Class Credits Transfer Federal Financial Aid Overall Educational Costs www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  10. 10. Difference #1: Class Credits Transfer  Regionally accredited schools  Do not allow course credit units to be transferred from nationally accredited schools  Nationally accredited schools  Accept course credits from both regionally and nationally accredited schools www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  11. 11. Difference #2: Federal Financial Aid Regionally accredited schools  provide students with federal financial aid options such as federal student loans, scholarship, and grants Nationally accredited schools  cannot offer federal financial aid A school can obtain both regional and national accreditation. www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com
  12. 12. Difference #3: Overall Educational Costs Regionally accredited schools  Because schools with regional accreditation receive financial supports from government, tuitions and fees tend to be cheaper. Nationally accredited schools  Most of nationally accredited schools are for-profit – they do not receive any form of financial aid from the US educational department  Thus, overall costs such as tuition and other fees are much higher www.StudentLoansInfoCenter.com

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