FAQ for Students
Is there financial aid available for courses taken with DETC-accredited institutions?
Once an institution is accredited, it is eligible to participate, if it chooses to and is otherwise qualified, in a number of financial student assistance programs, which include:
Also, most DETC institutions offer monthly tuition payment plans. Check with institutions individually for more information.
If I get a high school diploma from a DETC-accredited institution, will it be accepted?
A high school diploma from an accredited distance education institution is comparable to a resident high school. However, if you are planning on enrolling in a college or university, please check with the institution to be certain its admissions requirements permit a distance education high school diploma.
Is DETC accreditation equal to “regional” accreditation?
DETC accreditation is just as valid as regional accreditation. DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and satisfies precisely same recognition standards as regional accreditors.
Will the credits I receive from a DETC-accredited institution be accepted by a traditional college or university?
Acceptance of degrees or credits from DETC-accredited institutions is largely determined by the policy of the "receiving organization," e.g., an employer, a college registrar, etc. DETC accreditation is not a guarantee that credit will transfer to any college or university. Always check with the college or university that you wish to transfer your credits to before you enroll in a course. The American Council on Education reviews courses of DETC-accredited institutions and makes credit recommendations that are published annually in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.
If my credits do not transfer to a regionally accredited college, is my DETC credential useless?
No. Transfer of credit is a complex matter that is dependent on the decisions by a receiving institution. It involves transfer of credit between dissimilar institutions and curricula and recognition of extra-institutional learning, as well as transfer between institutions and curricula with similar characteristics. As their personal circumstances and educational objectives change, students seek to have their learning, wherever and however attained, recognized by institutions where they enroll for further study. It is important for reasons of social equity and educational effectiveness for all institutions to develop reasonable and definitive policies and procedures for acceptance of such learning experiences, as well as for the transfer of credits earned at another institution. Such policies and procedures should provide maximum consideration for the individual student who has changed institutions or objectives. It is the receiving institution's responsibility to provide reasonable and definitive policies and procedures for determining a student's knowledge in required subject areas. All sending institutions have a responsibility to furnish transcripts and other documents necessary for a receiving institution to judge the quality and quantity of the student’s work. Institutions also have a responsibility to advise the student that the work reflected on the transcript may or may not be accepted by a receiving institution as bearing the same (or any) credits as those awarded by the provider institution, or that the credits awarded will be applicable to the academic credential the student is pursuing.
Do you have a list of colleges or universities who will accept credits or degrees from DETC-accredited institutions?
No. There are more than 3,300 accredited colleges and universities in the United States. The decision to accept credits from DETC-accredited institutions is made within the admissions process at each college or university.
Do DETC institutions have good services?
DETC institutions are known to have highly sophisticated and well developed student services, carefully crafted curricula, and world-class faculty. They deliver on their promises. Since 1890, over 150 million students enrolled in DETC-accredited institutions.