Accreditors may be “recognized” by the U.S. Secretary of Education to indicate that they are reliable authorities on the quality of education or training provided by the programs and institutions they accredit. There are federal links (laws) that require recognition in order to participate in federal programs such as Title IV student loans and scholarships. Additional federal links include Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security laws, among others. Accreditors may also choose to be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a non-governmental organization.
CHEA – Council for Higher Education Accreditation
USDE – United States Department of Education
This link will take you to information about the recognition process and to lists of accreditors recognized by the Secretary of Education.