Q: I am a student considering enrolling at a school that is accredited by ACICS? What is ACICS’ current status?

A: ACICS’ recognition as an accrediting body by the U.S. Department of Education has been restored. As of now, they are an officially recognized accrediting body. Please contact BPPE’s or the US Dept. of Education’s website for future updates.

Q: As a prospective student, what factors should I be considering when reviewing an ACICS accredited school?

A: Accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education meet certain criteria, including meeting standards that address the quality of an institution and its programs. Agencies that meet these criteria are placed on the Department's List of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies. ACICS lost US Department of Education recognition status, but as of March 23, 2018 that status has been temporarily restored effective as of December 12, 2016, pending a final decision on ACICS’ status. Their final status will be determined at a later date. For now, you should be looking at all aspects of any school when making a decision and that review should include, but should not be limited to, the school’s accreditation status. You should also be looking at the quality of the programs, faculty qualifications, the campus and its facilities, what student services are offered, the class schedule, the physical location, tuition and financial aid programs, whether the program will help you meet your own personal educational and employment goals, etc.

Q: My former school closed either after losing their accreditation from ACICS, or as an indirect result of ACICS losing its status with the US Dept. of Education. Will I still be eligible for STRF?

A: As long as you meet all of the other requirements, such as being a California resident, prepaying tuition, and suffering an economic loss, you may still be eligible for STRF.

Q: What considerations as a student should I take when enrolling in an ACICS accredited school?

A: It is important to do your due diligence when researching any college that you wish to attend. Prior to enrolling, research any actions that were taken against the accrediting body. This is all public information. Search for more information about the approval and accreditation statuses of California private colleges; by using the BPPE’s website and the website of the respective accrediting body.