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Before you pay your tuition, make sure your degree will be valid and respected. Learn how to spot the real distance learning schools from the scams. Find out how the accreditation process works and learn who is qualified to grant accreditation to a school
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Accreditation Basics
Accreditation is one of the most important factors in choosing an online school. Make sure that your school is accredited by the right agencies.

Check Any Online School's Accreditation Status in One Minute or Less
Proper accreditation can mean the difference between a degree that gets you a new job and a certificate that isn't worth the paper it's printed on. If you have the right tools, you can check any school's accreditation status in less than a minute. Here's how.

Where Can I Find a List of Unaccredited Online Colleges?
Before enrolling in any online program, make sure that it is properly accredited. Here's how to get the scoop on diploma mill programs.

Regional Accreditation
If you want your online degree to be accepted by employers and associates, your best bet is to make sure that your school is accredited by the appropriate regional associations.

What You Need to Know About DETC Accreditation
If you're considering enrolling in a school that's accredited by the DETC, make sure you get the facts first. Here's what you need to know.

Insider Information from the Distance Education Training Council (DETC)
Distance Education Training Council's CEO Michael P. Lambert shares his knowledge about the accrediting association, its achievements, and its struggle with regionally accredited institutions.

National Accreditation vs. Regional Accreditation
As a prospective online student, you may need to choose between schools with national accreditation and schools with regional accreditation. Your choice may affect your ability to transfer credits, be accepted for graduate studies, or gain employment.

What You Need to Know About Diploma Mills
A diploma mill is a company that awards unaccredited degrees and provides either an inferior education or no education at all. If you're considering attending an online school, learn as much about diploma mills as you can. This article will teach you how to spot them, how to avoid them, and how to take action if you've been a victim of a diploma...

Where is Using Diploma Mill Degree Illegal?
Diploma mill degrees are almost always considered dishonest and unacceptable by employers. However, in some states, using a diploma mill degree is actually illegal. In many cases, using such a degree to get a job, promote your business, or enhance your resume is punishable with a fine or even jail time.

The Higher Education Transfer Alliance
The Higher Education Transfer Alliance is a voluntary organization of colleges supporting credit transferability. Schools belonging to HETA agree to consider transfer credits and degrees from any college that receives accreditation from an institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education (USDE).

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is the oldest regional accrediting agency in the nation. It currently offers accreditation to over 2,000 schools in six states.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?
Different types of accreditation offer differnet types of opportunities. Use this guide to find out how you can use your degree after you graduate.

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