Too Good to Be True?

Watch out for diploma mills that offer you a “degree” for a flat fee in a short amount of time with little or no course work.

The Federal Trade Commission warns that some diploma mills use names that are very similar to well-known colleges or universities. The diploma mill degree, however, is fake or worthless, costing you money and possibly your reputation. Watch out for colleges that offer too-good-to-be-true sounding offers for a degree without studies or exams or a “no-wait” offer of a diploma in just a few weeks.

If you have questions, visit the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs at ope.ed.gov/accreditation to review the data on an institution or campus.

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