Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC

ACS WASC accredits K-12 schools and non-degree granting postsecondary institutions

Postsecondary Title IV Institutions

On behalf of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools, let me welcome you to this page on the WASC website that features the protocols and process that define our work with postsecondary institutions in the WASC region. We are grateful to be authorized by the United States Department of Education to accredit institutions that arrange for Title IV funding for their students, and strive to assist in meeting the employment and career goals of the adults they serve.

We are appreciative of the efforts made by postsecondary institutions to instruct students to such competency levels that they are qualified for initial employment and/or career advancement, and we are particularly pleased that so many of these institutions share WASC's vision for using the accreditation process to fully meet federal compliance expectations and to simultaneously identify gaps in quality that can be addressed with initiatives that ultimately improve service to students.

Postsecondary institutions that receive Title IV student financial aid are required to meet very specific standards based upon federal guidelines overseen by the United States Department of Education. A specialized protocol that correlates to the specific Title IV compliance issues as well as the WASC criteria is available (see Full Self-Study/Visit below).

Please contact the WASC Temecula Office at 951 693-2550 or mailsocal@wasc.org for further information.

Click here to view the Directory of Postsecondary Title IV Institutions.

  Initial Visit

After reviewing the WASC Conditions of Eligibility interested institutions should complete the Request for WASC Affiliation form and return the completed form to the WASC office. WASC does not accredit for-profit or distance learning institutions.

A $150.00 application fee is required and should accompany the completed form(s).

If you have any questions regarding the accreditation process, please feel free to contact the WASC Temecula office.

Application Fee Policy:

  • A $150.00 application fee is required and should be submitted with the completed Request for WASC Affiliation form.
  • If the institution withdraws from the application process, the $150.00 fee is nonrefundable.
  • If the institution reapplies or postpones the visit to another academic year, an additional $150.00 fee is required.
  • If WASC determines that the institution is not eligible for affiliation with WASC, the $150.00 fee will be refunded.

If it is determined that the institution may be eligible for affiliation with WASC, an Initial Visit Application/Description form will be sent for completion that correlates with the following manual:

WASC Title IV Institutions Initial Visit Procedures Manual, 2007-2008 Edition

  Full Self-Study
Training is provided on an as-needed basis. Please contact the WASC Temecula Office for upcoming dates.
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