DALLAS (AP) – The only historically black college in Dallas has obtained accreditation from a national agency that certifies Christian schools.

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools says it granted Paul Quinn College full membership on Wednesday.

The college is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Colleges can’t award degrees in Texas without accreditation and students at unaccredited schools can’t receive federal or state financial aid.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits most Texas colleges, dropped Paul Quinn from membership in 2009 citing limited finances and other concerns. Paul Quinn filed suit to try to keep its accreditation, and the lawsuit is pending.

Although Transnational Association is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, it says it will seek recognition from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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