Separate but similar is the accreditation process . Institutional accreditation, granted by regional commissions across the country, certifies that a school meets a minimum standard for recognition by the Department of Education. Without it, a school isn't eligible to receive federal funding nor can its students get Pell grants, and its credits may not transfer to other schools. In most cases, you also need government recognition to get .edu affixed to your school's URL. Some organizations, including Teach for America, hire only people who graduated from accredited schools. (Accreditation standards also protect students from enrolling in " diploma mills .") As part of the review, a school must provide syllabuses for every course, plus biographies of the faculty. You can begin this accreditation process only after your school has graduated its first student. The whole thing usually takes at least a year and costs as much as $30,000. You might also want to get specialized accreditation for a particular program or department in your university. For example, if you wanted to open a culinary school, you'd want to get accreditation from the American Culinary Federation. (See here for a list of programmatic accrediting agencies.)
Gain accreditation. Contact the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Apply for an institutional or programmatic accreditation. Pay applicable fees, and work with the commission to meet eligibility standards. Consider getting additional regional accreditation by contacting your regional accrediting agency. Keep in mind that each regional agency has different requirements and some regional accreditation agencies, such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, do not accredit schools that offer only postsecondary certificates, diplomas or licenses. Complete the regional accreditation by meeting with regional evaluators to conduct your school's quality assurance review.