Diploma Mills Threaten Your Investment and Future
- As online education has expanded, so has the number of scams. The rise of the Internet has made it much easier for a skilled Web developer to put up a convincing-looking website, line their pockets with "tuition" from consumers, and then close up shop without providing anything of value in return, according to CHEA.
- Promises of degrees with little or no work, or based solely on life experience, are too good to be true. Check out CHEA’s list of questions to ask yourself to determine if you are considering a degree mill.
- Misrepresentation of degree qualifications might do more than damage reputations; in some states, it might bring fines and jail time. For instance, in the state of Washington, you could receive a Class C felony of fraud, face up to five years in prison, and a $10,000 fine if you falsely claim in writing to have an accredited degree, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- Prospective students should research schools thoroughly using the U.S. Department of Education, CHEA, and the Better Business Bureau before sharing any information with the institution.