The Higher Learning Commission (The HLC)

What is The HLC?

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What is HLC accreditation?

Accreditation is the inspection and recognition of a college or university’s standards of quality based on established Criteria for Accreditation .

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The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association,
30 North LaSalle, Suite 2400,
Chicago, IL 60602-2504;
phone 800-621-7440; fax 312-263-0456
or access the Commission's website .

Why does accreditation matter?


Having accreditation means that the credits you earn as a student will transfer to other reputable institutions of higher learning.


Graduates of accredited schools may sit for state licensing and certification examinations.

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Employers have a better understanding of the value of education received.

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Attending an accredited college or university makes it much easier to qualify for federal student loans.