Approved High School Accreditations for Financial Aid
To stay compliant with federal regulations, the financial aid office must determine if
your high school credential is valid. This does not affect the admission to Alamance
Community College. Alamance Community College does except all High School
diploma's including unaccredited institutions for admissions into the college. Please see
page 16 of the student catalog and or visit https://www.alamancecc.edu/admissions/.
You must also submit all previously attended college transcripts to be a fully admitted
student, whether or not you plan on transferring any of the credits to your new
degree/diploma at Alamance Community College.
Please be sure that your High School Diploma is an accredited diploma granting high
school. Your best option is a school that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting
associations. To determine whether or not a high school is regionally accredited, find
out from which state the online program is operating. Then check what regional agency
grants accreditation to schools in that state.
There are six recognized (by Department of Education and Council for Higher Education
Accreditation) regional accreditation organizations for US high schools:\
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools covers educational
institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Puerto
Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe,
North Africa and the Middle East. They have a searchable database of accredited
- New England Association of School and Colleges covers educational institutions
in the six new England states Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island and Vermont. Has a directory of accredited schools.
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges covers educational institutions in
California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palas and Norther Marianas
Islands, as well as schools for American children in Asia. Has a searchable database of
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) cover educational
institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. Has a searchable database of
The next two regional organizations have searchable databases that default to the SACS
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools covers educational
institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South
Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming. Searchable database is in SACS
- Northwest Accreditation Commission for Primary and Secondary schools
covers education institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and
Washington. Searchable database is in SACS database.
Alternatively, some on-line schools are accredited by the Distance Education Training
Council (DETC). The DETC is also recognized by the United States Department of
Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. DETC accreditation is
considered valid by many employers. However, many regionally accredited colleges and
universities will not accept course credits from DETC accredited schools and some
employers do not accept these diplomas. Learn more: DETC Accreditation.
Note that recognition of an accrediting agency does not guarantee a particular diploma
will be accepted by colleges and universities or employers.
Ultimately, regional accreditation remains the most widely accepted form of
accreditation for diplomas earned both on-line and at traditional public and private high
schools. For Further Information for On-Line High School Accreditation, go to: Regional
Accreditation for Online Schools - The Regional Acccreditors. If your on-line diploma
program is not accredited by the above agencies, you may contact one of the following
Alamance Community College locations for information regarding our Adult High
School/General Education Development Program.
For more information about GED classes, contact Jennifer Mock, Coordinator. To enroll
or to schedule a GED test, contact the Assessment Center (336) 506-4376
For more information about AHS classes or to enroll, contact the coordinator, Deborah
Barket (336)506-4036 or the Assessment Center
Additionally if a student is awarded Financial Aid and it is later determined that his/her
high school credential is invalid. She/he will be responsible for any funds distributed,
including tuition and bookstore charges.
How long does it take for schools to receive FAFSA? The FAFSA is processed and available for the schools to â€˜pullâ€™ within a day or two. Schools do it they way that works the best for the school. Big schools often pull the info every day, especially in the busy season, while a smaller school may only pull the applications or updates once a week.
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