The qualifying characteristics of users eligible for College Board Search accounts vary by organization type. The College Board reserves the right to make exceptions to the requirements that follow.
Higher Education Institutions
Eligible higher education institutions must meet these requirements:
- Holds accreditation at the college level by an agency or association recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. See the complete list at ED.gov.
- Offers a two-year (minimum) or four-year degree.
College Board membership is recommended but not required. Consortia are subject to additional requirements and must submit documentation. Find out more about consortia.
Scholarship programs must submit supporting documentation and meet these requirements:
- Holds 501(c)(3) status OR
- Is sponsored by a higher education institution or government organization with 501(c)(3) IRS status
- Is approved by the College Board Search Review Committee
Educational Opportunity Programs
Educational opportunity programs must submit supporting documentation and meet these requirements:
- Holds and maintains 501(c)(3) status OR is sponsored by a higher education institution or government entity
- Is an appropriate fit for College Board Search as determined by the College Board Search Review Committee
- Offers activities to help students get ready for college or prepare them for the college admission or financial aid process
- Provides a campus-based experience that enhances a student’s ability to attend college
- Provides college credit that is transferable to accredited colleges and universities
- Provides significant need-based financial aid for all who wish to participate in their programs or significant higher education-focused scholarships
- Does not require attendees to be a member of their organization
The College Board reserves the right to accept certain requests to become a College Board Search user where the above criteria are not fully met.
The College Board also reserves the right to reject any request to become a College Board Search user for reasons including but not limited to:
- Accreditation or transferability of course credit is difficult to verify (as in the case of certain international organizations).
- The organization fails to maintain a 501(c)(3) IRS status.
- The organization’s intent is to use College Board Search for purposes of offering test-preparation services.
- The organization offers no financial aid to prospective or admitted students.
- The organization is a for-profit scholarship organization.
- The organization engages in certain practices (e.g., discriminatory) deemed unacceptable by the College Board.
- The organization has previously had its College Board Search user rights revoked by the College Board.
- The organization is affiliated with an organization that falls into any of the above categories.