8 Reasons to Avoid Non-Accredited Institutions and Programs

A lot of students are either unaware or unconvinced of the important role accreditation plays. To help get a better idea of how important a degree from an accredited institution is to your future, consider these eight reasons why you should avoid non-accredited institutions and programs.

You’ll receive a less-respected degree.

Employers want the best educated and trained employees. But they can’t be sure they’ll get that from a candidate with a degree from a non-accredited institution. A degree from an accredited institution or program offers them assurance that you have learned the skills necessary to properly do the job.

You may get a lower quality education.

Non-accredited programs and institutions have no educational requirements or accountability so there’s nothing or no one to oversee what is being taught and by whom.

Financial Aid won’t be available.

This one is simple: You can only apply for and receive financial aid if you are registered in an accredited institution or program.

Your credits won’t be transferrable.

If you attend a non-accredited institution or program, then decide to transfer some place that’s accredited, the credits you’ve earned won’t be transferrable. So you’ll have to start all over again. You could also run into problems when trying to transfer credits from one type of accredited program to another. As always, it’s a good idea to discuss these issues with someone from the Registrar’s office so you don’t lose credit for coursework you’ve completed.

You’ll waste your money.

Without Financial Aid you’ll be responsible for paying the full cost of a lower quality distance learning education. And you may miss out on the job (and the paycheck!) you want. Whatever amount you end up spending on an education from a non-accredited program or institution will be wasted.

You’ll be passed over for scholarships.

Organizations offer scholarships as a way of helping the students most in need and who they feel will put scholarship funds to good use. If you enroll in a non-accredited institution or program, you’ll have a difficult time convincing scholarship committees that you fit this criteria. As a result, your application will likely be passed over for another more qualified recipient.

Your support system won’t be as good.

In a non-accredited distance learning institution or program, you won’t find Financial Aid counselors, there might not be any career advisors, and there may not be an opportunity for one-on-one relationship building with professors; all of which are crucial to your educational success.

Extra-curricular activities will be non-existent.

Important but not crucial to your education are extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities are a great way to network, meet like-minded people, and learn. However, these probably won’t available at non-accredited schools either.