Beware! Not all colleges, universities and distance learning programs advertised in the newspapers or provided in online databases are accredited by one of the regional or national accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, when researching colleges and universities in the United States, your first step should always be to verify accreditation. To check if a school is accredited by a recognized U.S. accrediting organization, go to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education website at: http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation http://www.chea.org
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