National accreditation is similar to regional accreditation, in that nationally accredited institutions also are eligible to offer federally funded financial aid to their students. However, not every national accrediting agency is recognized as meeting educational standards and requirements established by both the Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For example, there are seven National Career-Related Accrediting Organizations, of which only two are recognized by both the DOE and the CHEA: the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and the
Distance Education and Training Council Accrediting Commission (DETC). The other five are recognized only by the DOE. There are four National Faith-Related Accrediting Organizations recognized by both the DOE and the CHEA.
If you enroll in an online degree program offered by an institution that is only nationally accredited, and you have plans, in the future, to transfer the credits you earned to a program offered by a regionally accredited institution, check with the regionally accredited institution’s registrar before you proceed because those credits may not be transferable.