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Beware of Fraudulent Schools

Demand and popularity of online educational portals have increased considerably in the past few years. At the same time, a number of fraudulent and scam schools have also cropped up in several places. This is of real concern, as more and more people are opting for online education in varying levels.

In the earlier days, a high school education was enough to land a decent entry-level job. Most of the people remained in the same organization and retired from there with a decent pension, but this seems to be in the distant past. Presently, a high school education does not assure a well-paid job and more and more youngsters and adults without a graduation degree turn to such schools to make more money on the way. Unfortunately, many of these schools are scams which are mostly interested in collecting the tuition fees, federal grants, and student loans.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, a diploma mill is a school that is more interested in making money than providing quality education. None of these schools have any strict admission requirements or any prerequisite courses for joining the program. Candidates receive a diploma or degree upon completion of the course.

There are a number of warning signs that expose these diploma mills. Many people do not spot these signs until it is too late. Here are a few characteristics of such fraudulent schools to look out for:
  • Diplomas and degrees are given based on life experience
  • Have teachers/trainers or instructors who are difficult to reach
  • Very short time frame for completion of course and award of degree or diploma
  • Payment for each degree instead of paying for college credit
  • No proper contact information for the school
  • Online tests that are not monitored
  • Website with a number of grammatical and spelling mistakes
  • Accreditation of the school by phony accrediting agency
  • Website that does not end in .edu

Although all these points are well known, many people still fall prey to these diploma mills. Some people who are high school dropouts take advantage of this situation and pay money to get a diploma or degree in exchange.

A degree or diploma is important in life, but anything that is quick and easy may be associated with a diploma mill or a fraudulent school. Beware of the scam schools and make sure that others also do not fall in the trap.