Southeast Community College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1983. The Higher Learning Commission granted the College reaffirmation of accreditation in 2012-2013 with the next reaffirmation of accreditation in 2022-2023.
Accreditation in higher education is a process of external quality review to ensure that a college or university meets established standards. Accreditation involves the process of self-study generating a report about how the college is meeting standards and a review of the college by trained peer reviewers who evaluate the college's efforts at maintaining standards.
In the U.S., accreditation is carried out through private, nonprofit organizations designed for this specific purpose. Accreditation is required in order for students to gain access to federal funds including student grants and loans. Non-accredited institutions are not eligible for federal financial aid.