This is not true. The US govt will not ask "is it regionally accredited?". The US govt will ask "is it accredited?" Reason for this is because the US govt doesn't classify one form of accreditation as being more supreme over another. All this emphasis on regional vs non-regional accreditation (I am not referring to those private degree mill accreditation but from accreditation agencies recognized by the US Dept of Education and CHEA), came from the regional agencies themselves. The US Dept of Education will never loan you money to go to a degree mill for they are not accredited by an agency recognized by the DOE. They will however, loan you money to go to a school that is for example, nationally accredited because the agencies that accredit the school is recognized by DOE. As for UoP, if you have you cannot respect the school, then why are you there? That's just plain and simple. As far as the degree is concerned, it is an accredited degree and it will be sufficient for you to gain entrance to state schools if you wish to go. You seem to be falling into the trap of "for profit" and "not for profit". ANY private school out there is for profit. If not, they'll be out of business. State schools are funded by the people, so they take on a different tone in that sense. But it's also without a doubt that they probably often times don't offer such a good education as private schools - hence the popularity of private schools.