Consumer Information

The State Board of Education does not review or approve proprietary school programs or curriculum. Courses or certificated programs from non-accredited schools may not be accepted or recognized by accredited institutions, employers, or other entities. Some courses or programs offered by proprietary schools are also available through accredited postsecondary institutions. Completing courses through accredited institutions may be beneficial for future employment or educational opportunities.

Consider the following before investing in your private postsecondary education:

  • Verify that the proprietary school is registered with the Idaho State Board of Education.
  • Proprietary schools are prohibited from offering degrees.
  • Be aware that most proprietary schools are not accredited and have not been through the rigorous review process involved with independent accreditation.
  • Research the curriculum followed by the school to ensure that it is recognized by respected trade associations or licensing boards.
  • Understand the total cost of the program.
  • Understand the time required to complete the program.
  • Research whether complaints have been made against the school. The Better Business Bureau may be a good resource.