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When exploring campus schools, every potential student should read about and understand the basics of on-campus learning, financial aid, accreditation and the schools themselves. Let’s take a closer look at these four critical elements that serve as the starting points for an on-campus school decision.


Many types of schools provide different learning options to students, earning them an unofficial classification as a “campus school”. Each has a variety of benefits and possible drawbacks of which students and parents should be aware.

Traditional Colleges and Universities

Are you looking for the traditional college campus experience? Let help you find just that. Search for higher education institutions that meet your needs.

Explore Vocational & Trade Schools

Are you looking for a solid career without a four-year degree? Learn marketable, hands-on skills from one of today’s fully accredited vocational and trade schools. Find programs in medical assisting, radiology, criminal justice and more.

Community and Junior Colleges

Two-year colleges offer a unique value that many other schools don’t: a combination of affordability, course quantity, and academic integrity. The cost of programs at community and junior colleges tend to be much lower than 4-year schools, yet their diplomas, certificates, and associate degree options limit how far a student can earn without transferring.


Students looking for financial aid have a variety of options. It’s important to note, however, that qualification for aid, grants, or scholarships require enrollment at an institution that’s accredited. Let’s go a bit deeper and discuss the three main types of aid available for students.

Student Loans

Student loans are money borrowed by a student from a lender that must be paid back, with interest, according to the terms of the loan contract. Student loans come from three primary sources: the Federal government, state governments, and private lenders.

Student Grants

Grants are similar to loans, except a student does not have to pay the money back. Students can obtain grants from many sources, including state governments and directly from colleges and universities. The Federal Pell Grant program is among the most widely known; Pell Grants provide funds primarily to undergraduate students on a need basis.


Scholarships tend to be merit-based or dependent on criteria such as membership in a sponsoring organization or ethnic or minority group. Colleges, corporations, and non-profits offer the majority of scholarships to students. The money does not need to be paid back.


No two students are alike. Some prefer more flexible learning environments, while others want a program that helps them earn a degree and transition to a career as quickly as possible. These two primary delivery modes at campus schools come with unique benefits for students.

Fully-Campus vs. Online

Hybrid (or blended) courses are those that combine campus work with some level of in-person class or lab participation. The balance between campus and on-site participation requirements can vary substantially from class to class depending on the nature of the course materials covered.

Synchronous vs. Asynchronous

Synchronous courses require the instructors and students to be at the campus at the same time for lectures, presentations, or discussions. Asynchronous courses allow instructors to provide course materials for students to access at their convenience. Time limits for completion of a session’s work may be required.


Every degree-granting institution in the United States must hold some sort of accreditation. The key is understanding which accreditation statuses matter the most and why. Let’s briefly examine three of today’s most popular accreditation statuses.

Regional Accreditation

The gold standard, regional accreditation denotes thorough vetting of a college and its programs by an established and independent third party. Each regional body visits and investigates the institutions within its purview for academic standards, faculty experience, resource availability, and overall guiding principles.

National Accreditation

Schools with national accreditation often concentrate on less academic disciplines, including vocational, trade and career-focused programs and courses; this often means a vetting process with less emphasis on core academics (liberal arts) and more on the ability to train students in tactile skills.

Programmatic or Subject Accreditation

Programmatic accreditation is reserved for degree programs that focus on a specific subject. For example, quality business schools and their programs have earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


There are many factors as to why accreditation is so important. For example, accreditation helps determine if an institution meets or exceeds minimum standards of quality, it helps students identify which are acceptable for enrollment, and to assist in determining the acceptability of transfer credits.