What is the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools?
As of 2005, there were 2,618 accredited colleges in the United States. All of these schools went through an in-depth evaluation to become accredited, demonstrating the government’s confidence in the quality of education provided. Felbry College, among many other schools, used an accrediting agency to gain accreditation status by the government. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, also known as ACICS, was an approved accrediting agency that was allowed to award accreditation status on behalf of the government, along with allowing colleges to award diplomas in the Practical Nursing Program and the LPN-RN Program. However, as of December 12, 2016, the US Department of Education removed the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools as an official accrediting agency, resulting in confusion over the future of the school’s student scholarships.
How the Accreditation Change Affects Students
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools gave over 16,000 schools accreditation, causing a high number of students to be affected by the change. Many current or future students are not certain of what the change will mean for their universities. Although the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is no longer an accrediting agency, Felbry College is still accredited and will continue to have accreditation for nursing programs in Columbus. The government states that the college must receive updated accreditation status within 18 months to ensure Title IV HEA program security. As long as the new accreditation is completed within the time frame, all current available scholarships and government funds will remain available for students.
Accreditation Status and Financial Aid
Financial aid is universally loved when it comes to college students. However, not many people know what qualifies their school for government financial aid. Schools that become accredited gain access to the government’s Title IV HEA program. Founded in 1965, the program is the base for federal student aid, providing grants, loans, and work-study programs for all accredited universities. Although the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is no longer an accrediting agency, Felbry College will continue to provide the best education possible for their students. As the year ends, Felbry College will continue work to renew accreditation.
If there are any questions or complaints regarding Title IV eligibility or Felbry College’s accreditation status, please visit the Felbry College accreditation page to view contact information.
If there are any questions or concerns regarding Felbry College’s accreditation status or Title IV eligibility, feel free to contact us! Felbry faculty will help students submit concerns to the proper organization.
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