Why Life Experience Degrees
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can enroll at Almeda?
A: Anyone with a high school diploma and years of significant experience, skills, knowledge and/or expertise in a given field of study may enroll at Almeda University. We accept students from across the United States, and around the world. All students are evaluated on an individual basis according to predefined criteria.
Q: Do you approve everyone who applies?
A: No, we do not. However, if you can prove that you have significant qualifications, education, skills or experience in your stated area of expertise, you will be seriously considered for an Almeda degree.
Q: Can I backdate my Almeda degree?
A: If approved by Almeda staff, you may backdate your graduation as far as 90 days. To receive approval, you must show that your experience and education corresponds with the timeframe of your request. Under no circumstances may your credentials be backdated beyond 3 months.
Q: Who approves student applications?
A: Almeda works in partnership with a number of academic and business professionals who are experts in their field. Once we receive your application, we will assign an appropriate assessor to review and evaluate your credentials according to the skills, knowledge and experience required for mastery of your chosen area of study.
Q: Do you have any residency requirements?
A: No. For maximum convenience, geography is not a barrier to prospective students who wish to earn a degree from Almeda. As a distance learning institution, Almeda facilitates learning through online technology rather than the physical constraintes of traditional colleges institutions. Due to the benefits of this method, we can boast a range of students from across the United States, and around the world.
Q: Is Almeda accredited?
A: Yes. Almeda is accredited by several authorities, including The Interfaith Education Ministries (IEM) and the Association for Online Academic Excellence. The Interfaith Education Ministries (IEM) awards accreditation to innovative institutes who have established relationships with major corporations worldwide. IEM, founded in 1965, provides educational and professional credentials to qualifying institutes of traditional, non-traditional, religious and online and distance education programs of all types. Accreditation by this agency is not contingent upon being considered a religious institute. Although Almeda is not a religious institute and makes no claim to be, we do meet IEM's educational standards and thus qualify for their accreditation.
The Association for Online Academic Excellence (AOAEX) is a private accrediting agency that ensures online distance learning programs are credible and meet high standards of educational excellence. Accreditation by AOAEX ensures that degrees issued by Almeda represent legitimate credentials to be accepted by small, medium, and large companies across the United States, and around the world. However, this accreditation is not the same as regional accreditation, meaning we are unable to participate in the Federal Student Aid program or the GI Bill, and cannot guarantee that everyone will accept your degree. If you are unsure about whether your current or prospective employer will accept your degree, please contact them before applying to Almeda. We strictly adhere to AOAEX's high standards for experiential learning programs with the intention of seeking regional accreditation in the future. Any changes to Almeda's accreditation status will be announced immediately on this web site.
The CDEA accreditation audit process includes an assessment of:
Q: How is Almeda different from traditional colleges and universities?
A: Almeda is a non-traditional, distance learning educational institution. Unlike traditional colleges and universities, we have no residency requirements, no buildings or campus, no full-time faculty, and we do not offer a catalogue of courses. Instead, we use the latest technology to reach students in their own space, allowing them to pursue their degree wherever they are. We recognize that not everyone has the time or money required to attend a traditional university. Through our Life Experience Degree and Certificate Program, we offer students the opportunity to obtain their degree based on knowledge and experience they already have. This takes far less time and money than the traditional route. thereby allowing you to advance your career without having to take time away from work or family.
Q: How is Almeda different from other distance learning institutions?
A: Unlike other distance learning institutions, Almeda is not a "degree mill" handing out credentials to anyone who sends in a registration fee. While our goal is to make a university degree accessible to everyone, applicants are considered on an individual basis, entirely on their own merit and according to predefined criteria. If you qualify, you can be assured that your degree will be recognized and respected by prospective employers and other working professionals.
Q: What types of degrees does Almeda offer?
A: Almeda grants prestigious undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields. These include Arts, Sciences, Business Administration, Communications and Computer Science.
Q: Can I acquire a medical or law degree through Almeda?
A: No. Although Almeda confers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, we do not offer doctorates of any kind, whether in the field of medicine and law. This applies regardless of the amount of prior experience obtained.
Q: How long will it take to receive my degree?
A: The assessment process can take anywhere from 48 hours to several years depending on your qualifications and experience and our ability to verify your data. The length of time required for verification is affected by several factors, including the number of additional transcripts, certificates, or certifications we need from you and how long it takes you to get them to us. You may also be required to take a few more courses before we can grant you a degree.
Once you are approved for a degree from Almeda, just like at a major college or university, there will be a wait of 7 to 10 business days to prepare your degree, student record and other materials before they are shipped out to you via UPS.
Q: What do I get with my degree?
A: With every Almeda degree, you receive the following additional products and services:
Q: Will my degree be legal? Can I include it on my resume and other official documents?
A: Yes, your Almeda degree is as legitimate as any other. Once earned, you are free to include it on your resume, business card, letterhead, passport, web site, job application or any other official document you fill out.
Q: Are Almeda Degrees accepted in industry and business?
A: Many employers pay our applicants' tuition! Our students come from Fortune 500 companies, government and military agencies, small businesses, and more. Acceptance of any degree depends on the individual company, agency, association, or board. We recommend checking with the institution concerned prior to enrollment.
Q: How will I be able to verify my degree to prospective employers?
A: Your academic record at Almeda is kept confidential, however we will release the information to outside parties seeking verification for employment purposes with your written consent. When you grant Almeda permission to verify your degree, we will confirm your degree and date of graduation in writing to any and all inquiries from legitimate third parties. Note: We cannot respond to phone inquiries for security and confidentiality reasons. Verification requests should be faxed to us at (208) 379-4725.
Q: Will my degree mention that I gained it through distance learning or the Life Experience program?
A: No mention of the words "equivalency", "non-traditional", "distance learning", or any similar expression will appear on your degree, your academic record, or any other documents you receive from Almeda University.
Q: What will my GPA be?
A: GPA is only used for credits earned through academic courses. The courses for which you are awarded as part of your work or life experience will be marked with a "P" for pass, and will be recorded this way on your academic record.
Q: If I obtain a degree from Almeda, will I be able to transfer my credits or use my degree to enter a graduate or post-graduate program at another institution?
A: The short answer to this question is: some universities will; some won't. The reality is that few colleges or universities recognize credits earned at other institutions. This goes for traditional universities, such as Harvard or Yale, as well as non-traditional universities like Almeda. Therefore, if you wish to use your Almeda degree as the basis for further education or to transfer your Almeda credits to another educational institution, we encourage you to contact that institution before pursuing your degree at Almeda to see what their policy is on this matter.
Q: Can I transfer credits from other schools to Almeda?
A: Yes. If you have completed college coursework at another educational institution, you can transfer those documented credit hours toward your Almeda degree. Some qualified candidates completely satisfy their general education requirements through transfer credit in addition to their life and work experience.
Q: Do you accept military education programs, such as the GI Bill?
A: Presently, Almeda does not participate in Federal Student Aid programs such as the GI Bill, however, you may be able to receive a tuition reimbursement from the military. Please contact your local Veterans Affairs office for more information.
Q: I earned an Associate degree from a local community college. How many of these credits will transfer to one of the Almeda University undergraduate degree programs?
A: Almeda welcomes credits from nationally or regionally accredited community colleges. Because Associate’s degrees typically require general education courses, students are usually able to receive 60 hours of transfer credit for their associate degree coursework.
Q: How much does it cost to obtain a degree from Almeda?
A: Almeda's tuition fees vary according to the degree or degrees you obtain. However, fees are the same for all students, regardless of their location. Please see our fees page for more specific information.
Q: Does Almeda offer a student loan or financial aid program?
A: No. Payment of all tuition fees is entirely the responsibility of the student. However, because Almeda does not operate a campus or employ a full-time faculty, these fees are much lower than you would expect to pay for a degree from a traditional college or university.
Q: What if I don't have a computer or access to the Internet? Can I still obtain an Almeda degree?
A: Regrettably, we do not provide "hard copies" of our application.
Q: I am not a USA resident. Can you help me get a USA Student Visa or an H1B Work Visa?
A: No. Almeda is online only and therefore there are no residency requirements. If you are seeking the Almeda University degree to gain entry into the USA, your request will be denied. Almeda will not provide or assist with any credentialing necessary to obtain Visas for foreign citizens. For information on obtaining a Visa for entry into the USA, please see http://travel.state.gov.
Q: Do you issue diplomas to all countries?
A: No. Almeda University will not issue diplomas to individuals in restricted countries, which include: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Serbia, and Sudan.
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