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Written by Dustin Berlin
As a student, there are many factors to consider when selecting a school, and accreditation is one factor that should not be overlooked. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation increases the value of your education, impacts your opportunities for federal student aid, affects future employment, and determines whether your work is accepted by other academic institutions.
Utah Valley University has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The education and training being provided by accredited institutions have been reviewed to ensure the standard of quality set forth by the accrediting agency has been met. The school’s employees, coursework, facilities, equipment, and supplies are reviewed on a routine basis to ensure students receive a quality education and get what they pay for.
With federal student aid, higher education is accessible and affordable, making it possible for students to better prepare for employment and future learning. As a regionally accredited institution, UVU students may apply for Federal Pell Grants, subsidized and unsubsidized loans, and work study. In addition, members of the military may use their tuition reimbursement, G.I. and other benefits to pay for the cost of their academic studies. Some corporations offer tuition assistance to their employees for successful completion of courses at an accredited institution.
Attending an accredited institution is often a requirement for employment. Many employers in the United States only recognize degrees earned from institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education. The Federal Trade Commission warns employers of applicants who list academic credentials that sound credible, but were not earned through a legitimate course of study at an accredited institution.
About 1/3 of students who enroll in a two or four year institution after high school transfer to another school before they earn a bachelors degree. Attending an accredited institution is critical if you need to transfer academic credits to another institution or if you decide to pursue graduate level studies.
Legitimate accreditation provides a standard of quality, increases the value of your education, and provides access to job and employment opportunities not available to unaccredited institutions. The U.S. Department of Education has published a “positive list” of schools that are accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the Secretary of Education. To find out if an institution is accredited, the list can be found at