Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges.

SACS is the regional accrediting body for colleges and schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America.

The SACS Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the organization's College Delegate Assembly.

Why is accreditation important?

The accreditation status of the college you consider is important for several reasons.

One of the most significant benefits for students is that it allows Tennessee's Community Colleges to maintain eligibility for student financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation by the SACS Commission on Colleges also signifies the credibility of our community colleges because it demonstrates each college has presented how it complies with rigorous compliance criteria and has been recognized by peer institutions to have met those compliance criteria.