In July 2018, CreatEd Institute was approved by the state of North Carolina to receive the license to grant degrees and credits for the CreatEd Core program.

As a licensed program, CreatEd now awards the Associate of Arts degree in Critical Thinking and Integrative Studies to students who complete our CreatEd Core program. Graduates will earn 60 to 63 credits, which are eligible for transfer consideration by other educational institutions.

Standard practices for transfer of credit for postsecondary education in North Carolina is governed by the UNC/NCCCS Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, which may be found in its entirety, with appendices, by visiting the University of North Carolina System website.

We work with other educational institutions to make our students’ transfer process as smooth as possible. Each school differs, but generally school policies accept as much outside work for credit as possible given the following requirements:

  1. Internal quality measures (checking for authenticity and rigor of relevant work)
  2. External constraints of state requirements and accrediting agency, if applicable

We will work directly with other schools to provide all helpful information needed for those schools to award credits for courses completed in our program. Some schools require formal credit-transfer agreements for non-accredited colleges, and we will work with those institutions through their processes. Please keep in mind that those schools may require additional time to consider your transcript for transfer.

Licensing and accreditation are very different. Licensing is permission from a state agency (in this case, the University of North Carolina) to offer post-secondary degree activity (such as offering credits or degrees).

Accreditation is a separate process in which an independent, non-state accrediting agency reviews a licensed school and officially recognizes the school as maintaining standards that would qualify its graduates to gain admission to other reputable schools.

While both processes often consider some of the same standards, licensing is required for an institution to offer post-secondary degree activity, while accreditation is optional. Licensing by the state is not an endorsement by the state.

Many schools and federal programs (such as federal education financial aid, approved savings plans, etc.) rely on accrediting agencies approved by the federal Department of Education to determine eligibility status of an institution to participate in various programs (such as the 529 Savings Plan or 1098-T, with some exceptions). Neither licensing nor accreditation is a guarantee of transferability.

Accreditation agencies have specific molds in which they expect schools to fit, often constraining development and creative models. While many people in the educational community recognize the value of our innovative approach, the accreditation agencies change slowly, and are designed for past educational models.

Additionally, cost structures of accreditation do not accommodate small schools – the cost would not scale to be very feasible for a school our size. Most states are moving toward the licensing process to allow smaller, more innovative programs to grant degrees and credits, allowing more freedom outside the formal system of accreditation.

CreatEd Institute offers a variety of scholarships for its students. To get the details, please view our scholarships document.

CreatEd Institute does not currently accept federal or state financial aid, and is not an “eligible educational institution” as defined by the IRS for 1098-T deductions.

CreatEd Institute does not qualify as an eligible educational institution as required by most 529 plans. In this case, most plans will incur a penalty for withdrawing and using funds outside of the specified eligible institutions. Because 529 Savings Plans differ widely in accounts and structure, we recommend families contact their specific 529 Savings Plan to best understand their accessibility and usage of those funds.

To offset the cost of the program, a majority of our students work part-time in the local Black Mountain and Asheville community.

If you would like additional information regarding program finances, please contact Missy Norment, at mnorment@created.education. We would love to have a conversation with you to figure out a financial plan for our program.

Students live in homes on campus with access to a working kitchen, including refrigerators, a microwave, oven, and stove appliances. At the request of previous cohorts, we have given students the ability to budget and prepare meals themselves by removing them from a set meal plan as they have found it to be a healthier and more cost effective plan for meals.

For a full explanation of our community expectations, in addition to information on campus living, see our Program Handbook.

Updated campus safety and security measures based on our new Black Mountain campus are coming soon!

For a comprehensive review of our safety guidelines and procedures, please see our Program Handbook.

We highly encourage students to bring a personal vehicle for recreational and work-related transportation needs. Parking is free for all students in a designated area on campus. If you plan to have a car on campus, please let us know ahead of time. A vehicle registration will be taken at check-in during orientation.

Acceptance to CreatEd Institute does not qualify an international student for a student visa.  Accepted students need to secure their own way of entering and exiting the U.S. from Canada and other countries, and we do not give advice regarding this.  We are not currently registered with Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which is what the U.S. Government uses, to maintain non-immigrant students.  This is our current status, however, in the future, depending on international student interest in enrolling at CreatEd, we may pursue this as an option.  For now, we cannot advise international students on ways to legally enter and exit the U.S. while enrolled at CreatEd.

We want to answer all of your questions.

If you have a question that is not listed below, or you would like more information, please call us at 828-357-7080 or fill out the contact form.