Important Information About the Recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Important Information About the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an Accreditor

On March 23, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia sent back to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the decision—made on Dec. 12, 2016, by then-Secretary John B. King, Jr.—to no longer recognize the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accreditor, an agency that can provide schools with a seal of approval for educational quality. Such a seal of approval, in turn, makes schools eligible to participate in federal student aid programs.­­

The court order requires the secretary to consider additional information previously submitted by ACICS, as well as new information ACICS will submit no later than May 30, 2018. Until the secretary provides a final decision based on the additional information, ACICS returns to its status as a federally recognized accrediting agency.

Additional information about the recognition of ACICS is available at www.ed.gov/acics.