Beware of Online Degree Scams and Degree Mills
If you are wishing to obtain an online degree, it is important that you investigate as to whether the institution of your choice is a credible institution. Many have unfortunately fallen prey to degree scams so it is essential that you take the necessary measures to avoid such scams. There are degree mills on the Internet that provide substandard education to students, providing them with a quick and easy way to earn a degree. Some degree mills do not even provide any education, but simply give out degrees in exchange for a fee. The degrees that are offered by degree mills are not recognized by the US Department of Education and those who obtain such degrees may not be able to gain employment with a reputable company.
To obtain a legitimate degree, you need to have the academic qualifications to gain acceptance into an accredited institution, attend classes and complete assignments and clear examinations. Degree mills guarantee that you will get a degree, even if you put in minimal effort and fail to do well in exams. You can apply to courses offered by degree mills even if you are not eligible and you do not have to attend classes regularly. As long as you pay the tuition fees, you will get your degree at the end of the program. If you find such institutions on the Internet, you should avoid them at all costs. Any degree that is not accredited can be a fraudulent degree, or it may not meet the standards that are set by the US Department of Education.
There are certain things that show that an institution may be offering fraudulent degrees.
i) If the institution that you are interested in guarantees that you will get education and degree at an unbelievably low cost or in a very short time, you should check whether the institution has been officially approved by the US Department of Education.
ii) Before enrolling in any online institution, you should try to find out if the institution owns a license or has a state registration record showing that it has been granted approval to offer degree programs.
iii) Most degree mills will not give you any information about their educators. If you want to contact anybody personally, or read up more on the experience of your potential tutors, you may not get any response.
iv) The names of many fraudulent institutions resemble popular university or college names. If you are not careful, you may think that they are accredited institutions so watch out for bogus-named colleges.
v) Some degree mills use the names and stamps of foreign education ministries to fool people into believing that they are accredited. These institutions may not be in contact with the foreign education ministries that they mention in their websites.
vi) Some fraudulent institutions get fake accreditation through fake accrediting agencies and they can also provide fake credential evaluation that is not recognized by the US government.
vii) Usually, institutions that have .edu in their web addresses have been accredited by the US Department of Education, but some degree mills are somehow able to maintain .edu websites.
viii) Many degree mills use tactics such as asking for advance fee payment and providing money back guarantee to cheat students.
If you are in any doubt, it is always advisable to use the web to search for whether the college in question is fraudulent or not. Alternatively, never be afraid to contact the US Department of Education to ensure that you do not waste your time or hard work in obtaining your degree to kick start your desired career.