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Tri-State Bible College is institutionally accredited and included in the United States Department of Education’s (USDE) Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

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Institutionally Accredited – ABHE

ABHE LogoTri-State Bible College has received institutional accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) Commission on Accreditation (5850 T. G. Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808) to grant degrees at Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master’s levels

ABHE is federally recognized by the Department of Education and is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
For further details: https://www.abhe.org, https://www.chea.org, https://ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/agency-list.

Accreditation is increasingly critical to ensuring that employers and other institutions recognize and value an institution’s degrees and that students can transfer their credits to another institution or pursue additional credentials at other institutions upon graduation.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided to you meets acceptable quality levels. Accrediting agencies develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether those criteria are met. Institutions or programs that meet an agency’s standards are then accredited by that agency.

The USDE removed the terms regional and national regarding accreditation in 2019. Today, accreditation is categorized as institutional (all programs at an institution, like TSBC) or programmatic (only specific programs are accredited at an institution); TSBC’s accreditation is institutional.

Ohio Department of Higher Education

​The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) authorizes Tri-State Bible College to grant a Master of Arts in Bible/Theology degree, Bachelor of Arts in Bible/Theology degree, Associate in Arts in Bible/Theology degree, and numerous Certificates. For further details: about ODHE, see https://www.ohiohighered.org.

Ohio Dept of Education

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Tri-State Bible College has been approved to participate in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. NC-SARA approval allows TSBC to offer online courses in all 50 states (except CA) and increases our programs’ geographical range. For further details about NC-SARA: https://nc-sara.org


U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Tri-State Bible College is approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs for the training of veterans who are entitled to educational benefits under existing law.

Any veteran wishing to attend TSBC under the provisions of the laws should apply to the local Veterans Administration Office for approval. The TSBC Financial Aid Office will assist veterans in securing benefits under their VA benefit program. For further details: https://www.choose.va.gov


Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Tri-State Bible College is recognized and periodically reviewed by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For further details: https://www.chea.org


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