Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificate, diploma, associate’s, bachelor's, and master's degrees, Stratford University delivers quality education to students. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accreditation agency that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
While the Business Administration and Information Technology doctoral programs are approved through ACICS, the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation only recognizes ACICS’ scope of accreditation through the Master’s degree level.
Stratford is also accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), assuring that we meet the standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services.
Stratford University is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to operate campuses in Virginia.
The undergraduate and graduate programs are approved for federal student financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education. The University has the authority to issue I-20s by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for F-1 visas. All programs have been approved for the training of veterans. The Virginia and the District of Columbia Rehabilitation Services approve all programs.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has approved Stratford University to operate a campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Stratford University carefully monitors developments in Maryland state law and acts promptly to meet all requirements.
On October 17, 2014, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) approved Virginia as a member state to participate in National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), and on February 25, 2015, Stratford University became an institutional participant in the NC-SARA initiative. With this membership, Stratford University programs were automatically available to students who reside in the 48 participating states. Only California and Massachusetts have not yet joined the NC-SARA initiative. Stratford University is authorized to deliver out-of-state educational activities in 48 states. Therefore, students located in SARA states are authorized to enroll in any online or face to face Stratford University programs and courses.
California: In July 2017, the Bureau began requiring for-profit institutions, regardless of physical presence, to register with the BPPE and collect Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessments from students. Stratford University completed registration with the CA BPPE on April 23, 2018 and is approved to offer distance education programs to CA residents.
The following disclosure is required per the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education:
The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.
You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.
It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.
To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:
1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued.
3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.
To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.
A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.
However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 94803, 94877 and 94923, Education Code. Reference: Section 94923, 94924 and 94925, Education Code.
Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education does not regulate out-of-state institutions that do not have a physical presence in the state and only enrolled MA resident students in 100% online courses. Therefore, approval for Stratford to offer educational activities in Massachusetts is not required. In October 2017, the BHE voted in favor of Massachusetts joining SARA. The BHE currently anticipates that Massachusetts will become a member of SARA in spring/summer of 2018. Stratford University is withholding admission to any MA residents until full recognition is provided by SARA.
A copy of the documentation describing the institution's licensure, registration, authorization, or certification is made available to any enrolled or prospective student upon request. To make this request contact Stratford University Compliance Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Virginia Board of Nursing fully approved the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Woodbridge campus and conditionally approved the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Falls Church campus. All students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination after graduating from the program. The baccalaureate program at Stratford University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) accredits the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program at the Falls Church, Glen Allen, Newport News, Virginia Beach and Woodbridge campuses. ABHES is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States. ABHES is located at 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314N, Falls Church, VA 22043, (703) 917-9503, www.abhes.org.
The Stratford University Language Institute English as a Second Language Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2016 through August 2017 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703} 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.
Stratford University is proud of its industry and educational affiliations. We continually expand our connections to establish an even broader range of contacts for our graduates. Stratford is affiliated with the following organizations and associations:
*Note: Affiliations vary by campus location.
Complaints or concerns about internally unresolved educational experiences should be addressed to the following oversight organizations:
Inspector General’s Hotline
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
(800) 647-8733 FRE
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
Washington, DC 20202
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
101 N. 14th St., 10th Floor
James Monroe Building
Richmond, VA 23219
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel: (410) 767-3388
Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Consumer Protection Hotline:
*Under the aegis of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Stratford University accepts oversight by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for students enrolled in Distance Education courses or programs.
See National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements for Stratford University, click here.