That’s a savings of about $8,000.
In addition, Get Educated’s surveys of online universities indicate that regionally accredited colleges often employ stricter admissions requirements, including higher entrance GPAs. They also are more likely to require standardized admission exams, such as the GRE or GMAT.
Consumer Alert: The most common complaint GetEducated.com receives from students who attend nationally accredited online universities is that their degrees do not meet with wide acceptance later when they return to advance their education or attempt to attend graduate school.
Case in Point
In 2001, a 23-year-old woman, Latesha Gonzalez, enrolled with Crown College in Tacoma, Wash. At the time, Crown College was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).
Gonzalez was assured when she enrolled with Crown that a local, regionally accredited school, Gonzaga University, would accept Crown courses as the equivalent of its own.
But when Gonzalez later attempted to transfer her coursework from Crown to Gonzaga, she was told by Gonzaga that it would not recognize credits earned from ACCSCT-accredited colleges.
Gonzalez sued Crown in 2004, as did a number of other disgruntled students. She eventually won the suit.
Note: The ACCSCT changed its name to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) in October 2009.
Which is Best, National Accreditation or Regional Accreditation?
Nationally accredited online colleges score “better” on some criteria—affordability and ease of admission, most notably.
Regionally accredited colleges score “better” on other dimensions, such as academic reputation, transfer of credit, and the widest possible acceptance by other universities.
Decide which accreditation factor(s) matter most to you then choose your online degree program
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Vicky Phillips was cited in 2009 by US News & World Report as "for 20 years the leading consumer advocate for online college students." In 1989 she designed America's first online counseling center for distance learners on AOL. In 1998 she authored the first print guide to online graduate degrees, Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools put out by the Princeton Review. In 2001 she authored Never Too Late to Learn the Adult Student's Guide to College. She oversees the best online college rankings and reviews for GetEducated.com.