In the US, States have different ways of regulating their colleges. Even in the US con artists and scammers, claiming to be legitimate e-universities, have been known to link their pages to the real sites of DOE or of the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Always check accreditation directly with the relevant body and do not assume that because of a link an institution is properly accredited.
When looking into online college courses there are online resources offering a range of studies at accredited colleges. You can also also ask state or federal education authorities for a list of accredited colleges. Contact the examination board for the qualification you desire and verify that your choice of college is accredited and finally check with potential employers or industry bodies which qualifications they recognise. Most of the time this just takes a few emails but could save you a great deal of expence and grief.
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