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Importance of HLC Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. The HLC is officially recognized as an accrediting body by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The federal government has a distinct interest in the role of accreditation in assuring quality in higher education for the students who benefit from federal financial aid programs. Institutions must be accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency to qualify for participation in federal financial aid programs that provide low-cost loans to students.

In addition to eligibility to receive federal financial aid, there are other significant benefits to students at MSU Denver in our being a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. For example, employers often verify the accreditation of a college or university before they will pay for tuition or fees as part of a company-sponsored benefits program.

Attending a regionally accredited institution is an important consideration for a student to transfer credits to another institution or to pursue admission to graduate programs. Regionally accredited colleges and universities typically only accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions.

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