1. Choose an accredited school.

This one is a no-brainer. Accreditation is the most important credential for any school that offers diplomas. Accreditation ensures that the policies and quality standards of a school have been reviewed and approved by a neutral third-party agency. Accreditation is also important if you ever hope to receive federal financial aid.

As important as it is, accreditation can be quite tricky at times. Some schools set up their own accrediting bodies that grant them accreditation. On the face of it, the school has accreditation but if you dig deeper, it holds no real value in the outside world.

Before you sign up for online classes, make sure the school of your choice has accreditation from a recognized organization. The importance of the term recognized” cannot be emphasized enough, if you want your online degree to be accepted by employers.

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