Sept 26th, 2017 Heritage received Applicant Status with the Accreditation of Biblical Higher Education.
In August of 2014, Heritage received Religious Exemption status with the state of Georgia. This status will grant Heritage with the permission to offer Associates and Baccalaureate degrees in Biblical Studies and Christian Education. We received an extremely positive response from the administration at the NonPublic Post Secondary Education Commission (NPEC).
Applicant Status is a pre-membership status granted to those institutions that meet the Commission on Accreditation’s Conditions of Eligibility and that possess such qualities as might provide a basis for achieving candidate status within a maximum of five years. Applicant institutions are required to submit annual reports demonstrating progress toward candidate status. During year four, an institutional self- study report and an institutional planning document are to be submitted to the Commission on Accreditation office prior to an evaluation team visit regarding the institutional readiness for candidate status.
Frequently asked Questions about Accreditation
Is Heritage accredited?
No, Heritage is not currently accredited. We have hired a consultant and are working toward accreditation. We have been told to reach full accreditation could take between 3-8 years, depending on a number of factors.
Where is Heritage in the accreditation process?
As of Sept 27th, 2017, Heritage holds applicant status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation, 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808. Applicant status is a pre-membership status granted to those institutions that meet the ABHE Conditions of Eligibility and that possess such qualities as may provide a basis for achieving candidate status within five years.
What are the biggest concerns to overcome as a student attending an unaccredited college?
The four biggest concerns to overcome are future admission into Graduate School, transferring units, and receiving state or Federal financial aid. We have answered each of these concerns below.
Will I be able to go to graduate school if I have a Bachelor’s degree from Heritage?
When it comes to decisions made by other schools (such as admission), it is important to recognize that these types of decisions are completely up to the staff of the other school, so no school can promise anything (including admission and transfer of units). As we work toward accreditation, we are committed to cultivating relationships with other educational institutions with the hope they will see the quality of student we are producing and allow those students to continue their education.
As of 2019, Heritage Bible College has obtained several of these articulation agreements. In addition, we are are actively compiling a list of potential institutions and programs which may be available for graduates of HBC. Academic credits earned at HBC can be transferred to several accredited Christian colleges and universities such as Luther Rice Seminary, God's Bible School & College and Piedmont International University. Many of our alumni have transferred to use their HBC credits to complete their graduate degrees in a wide variety of academic fields.
If I come to Heritage and take some classes, then decide to transfer to another college,
will the units transfer?
In most cases, schools are more reluctant to accept transfer units from an unaccredited institution than they are to accept a graduate of an unaccredited institution into a graduate program. This is understandable because they are actually exempting students from part of their program. We will work toward creating credit transfer agreements with various institutions as the need arises.
Does Heritage accept financial aid through FAFSA, student loans or a GI Bill?
Not at this time
Does Heritage accept international students?
Currently we are unable to grant student visas to attend Heritage Bible College.
If I graduate from Heritage, and the school later reaches accreditation, will my degree be affected (or “grandfathered”)?
The concept of “grandfathering” a degree does not apply since accreditation applies to the school and not to a degree. If a student graduates from Heritage prior to accreditation, they will have graduated from an unaccredited institution. If they graduate after accreditation they will have graduated from an accredited institution.
What happens if Heritage gets accredited while I am still in school?
If a student is applying for another school, the registrar will ask or look to see if the school is accredited. If it is accredited at that time, then the conversation will usually end there. Sometimes they may look further to see the actual date of accreditation and compare that date to when the student was taking classes. However, since accreditation is a long process that requires continual improvement rather than just meeting a set of requirements, they should realize that the education offered in the years prior to receiving accredited status was comparable to that received after.
When will Heritage be accredited?
We are unable to make any predictions or guarantees regarding future accreditation.