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Is PIU accredited?

Pacific Islands University is nationally accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) 15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail: [email protected], having been awarded Reaffirmation II Status as a Category III institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on November 5, 2019. This status is effective for a period of ten years.  TRACS is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) as an approved accrediting agency.

Does PIU offer financial aid?

PIU is approved to offer federal student aid. You will need to apply for financial aid through FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for aid. PIU’s FAFSA school code is 034383. 

How quickly can I finish my degree?

You will be able to accelerate the completion of your degree depending on your effort, the number of courses you are able take and the number of credits you transfer. 

Do all my existing credits transfer to PIU?

We will do a thorough review of all your credits to maximize your transfer credits.  (Transfer Policy). 

Are the online courses self-paced?

All courses allow you to accelerate, but we do require you to complete each within a typical semester schedule.  We will nurture you through the process so you’ll be confident in your ability to succeed. 

What degree programs are available?

PIU offers several Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees designed to prepare you the impact the lives of others.  Those include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies

Diploma programs include:

  • Diploma in Bible Studies

Certification programs include:

  • Teacher Certification
  • Basic English
  • Dive Instruction

Learn more: (link to Programs)

How do I receive my teacher certification?

See PIU Online for more details.

When can I start classes?

Classes start three times a year at the beginning of each semester (September, January and June).