You may have heard that on December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education withdrew recognition for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a national accrediting agency and may be wondering how that affects you, your program, your financial aid and Golf Academy of America.
ACICS has taken legal action in federal court, the outcome of which is pending and may take several months to resolve. Until the case is resolved, ACICS is not a recognized accreditor by the Department of Education.
In the meantime, because we are an institution in good standing, the Department of Education offered Golf Academy of America the ability to continue to participate in the federal student aid programs so long as the College takes timely action to pursue new accreditation.
We have until June 12, 2018 to find a new accreditor and have been exploring options. Although we cannot guarantee we will be accepted by a new accrediting agency, we are working hard to achieve new accreditation by a recognized accreditor by the June 2018 deadline.
Again, our students can continue to utilize financial aid through at least June 12, 2018. The Department of Education has provided an explanation of accreditation and what changes in accreditation mean to students on its blog, which you can read here (https://blog.ed.gov/2016/06/college-accreditation-changes-mean-students/).