"Ashworth has the best value for your dollar given the current market of nationally accredited schools. You must agree to the fact that this school is not regionally accredited, their credits do not usually transfer to your state school or other regionally accredited schools. The accreditation is the same as U of Phoenix, Kaplan, Ashford, etc. The customer service was horrible and over the years has greatly improved, you can tell that it has been a concerted effort among the administration to tackle this complaint. Textbooks are from the major publishers like Pearson and McGraw-Hill and if you look up the exact edition you will find them on Amazon for $150-$200. Any online course IMHO is much harder than a classroom setting, you have to do every chapter and the instructor does not decide to skip sections because you are behind. However, you can study any time and you can complete the course at your own pace. This degree will not provide the same caché as NYU or USC, Boston University,etc. it doesn't have the same name recognition as your state school either so don't consider any online nationally accredited school if this is what you want. I do not believe Ashworth is the best school but neither is the state school my son attended. If you have the time and budget I recommend going to a regionally accredited school, preferably the best school you can afford. However, if that is not in your budget or you are an adult learner with experience then consider Ashworth if you wish to get a degree. Certificates are a different beast, those can be hit and miss not just due to what you learn but what the employers are looking in an employee. A Harvard Certificate does look better than an Ashworth certificate, however, is it worth the extra $8k-$15k? In my case this degree works but does put me in a disadvantage to an applicant that has a more prestigious school on their resume, however, I'm never going to attend the prestigious school due to $ and time so I accept that. I would recommend this school as a first option to anyone on a budget looking for an accredited school recognized by the Department of Education. Best of luck."