Paramount California University

  • Last Post 04 July 2017
Roda posted this 12 June 2014 - Last edited 25 February 2016

Hello All Can you please assist me with confirming if Paramount California university is accredited?

They indicate on their website that they are accredited by:
The American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation (AAHEA)
United States Distance Learning Association
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

I am transferring my associate degree credit to them but can not locate them on the chea website.

Would really appreciate some guidance

Kayleigh posted this 17 June 2014 - Last edited 22 October 2015

Hi Roda,

Great question.

Unfortunately there are SO many online degree scams out there that it's imperative to verify the accreditation of an online school BEFORE you enroll!

It sounds like you already know this since you looked on the CHEA website but I'll repeat some general accreditation information for other forum users:

In order for accreditation to have any meaning, it is important that your online college’s accrediting agency be recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education. Essentially, the accrediting agency itself needs to be accredited.

First off, we at GetEducated would NOT recommend you enroll in any school which does not hold accreditation approved by CHEA and the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, since you did not find Paramount University's claimed accreditation on the CHEA website we would highly caution you.

It's important for us to note here that the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a REAL non-profit organization that honors excelling distance learning students, teachers, and schools with awards.

The United States Distance Learning Association is NOT AN ACCREDITING BODY. Paramount California University claims to have received a Bronze level award from the USDLA but I cannot locate any record of that award on the USDLA website.

Additionally, the USDLA has become aware of diploma mills using their name in order to scam online students. The USDLA states again that a student should not enroll unless that school holds accreditation from a CHEA recognized accrediting body.

Likewise, The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning is NOT AN ACCREDITING BODY but a non-profit organization that helps students receive competency-based credit for use within real, accredited colleges and universities.

Here a few links to get you started on finding a great, fully-accredited online degree program:




 Best of luck!


stevegreen1968 posted this 20 August 2014 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hi Kayleigh,

I'm so happy to read your reply, I have similar fear's to Roda. My warning bells are ringing as I cannot find Paramount on CHEA. The agent who keeps calling insists they are listed as California University FCE. I find similar but not exact.

One question is why would you promote your business as one thing but have it registered as another?

They do have a .edu email but can anyone do this or do you have to be a registered education provider to get it/use it?

I have to admit I am very tempted but equally cautious. Therefore any advice would be welcome Regards Steve

Kayleigh posted this 28 August 2014 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hi Steve,

Here at GetEducated we've encountered numerous diploma mills that claim to be accredited by fake accreditation agencies but also ones that claim to be accredited by real agencies (lies that can be discovered by checking with the accreditor themselves).

It is also important to note that the school you mentioned claimed an AWARD (not accreditation) from a real institution and the award cannot be verified.

It's a tricky thing!

Plus, ANYONE can register a .edu domain, they do not have to be a verified education institution.

We do not recommend enrolling in any school whose exact accreditation cannot be verified with CHEA and/or the U.S. Dept. of Education and highly caution you!

What type of degree are you looking for? I'd be happy to help you find some affordable and accredited options!



mariam posted this 06 September 2014 - Last edited 06 August 2015

i spoke to an agent from paramount california university. He is very convincing. The offer is very attractive. How can i for surely knowthey are not genuine? Can you recommend me some other options for "Early childhood studie/education" bachelor degree where I can transfer my HND and life experience. \

univcheck posted this 06 March 2015 - Last edited 06 August 2015

There is every reason to believe that PCU is nothing less than a degree mill. At the very least, they claim to be a US institution and have no CHEA accreditation, so they are clearly unaccredited.

Rodrigoperez posted this 11 March 2015 - Last edited 06 August 2015


I am new to this forum and this is my first post. Thanks to all for giving information about this topic.

DOCSRB posted this 04 July 2017

Greetings all...  It took us three years to convince the authorities that PCU, "that was actually operated under three diferent names" was a fake.  I work with the FBI and local law enforcement and it still took that long.  It started out as Pass Christian University, then Paramount California University then finally Pacific Cambria University, which all operated under

We were finally successful in getting them shut down..but only after they raked in millions.  I know for a fact that they took one family for over $200K, yes... two hundred thousand dollars.

Overnight they popped up again and still have a website.... 


Dr. Stephen Barnhart

Educational Cunsultant