The ACEN is recognized as the accrediting body for all types of nursing education by:
- United States Department of Education (USDOE)
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
- Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)
National, regional, and specialized accreditors that oversee federal funding eligibility must be reviewed by the USDOE to ensure that the accrediting body meets specific standards established by Congress. The Secretary of Education for the USDOE is charged with review of accrediting bodies and providing recognition to those accrediting agencies that meet the Secretary of Education’s criteria. Students in institutions or programs accredited by a USDOE-recognized agency are eligible for federal financial aid assistance and other needed resources.