Are you looking for a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to earn a diploma or certification in a specific area? There are options galore out there for you to explore. Colleges offer accelerated-learning programs, tailored to meet the needs of anyone’s complex schedule. There are online programs for those who prefer to work at their own pace and at their own convenience. Plus, online learning eliminates having to spend money on gas and opens up options of being able to take classes in another state or even another country, without having to leave the comfort of one’s home. As if all this isn’t enough, Financial Aid and payment options are available to those who qualify. Colleges have become more accommodating when it comes to meeting the needs of today’s diverse and fast-paced world. Not all colleges, however, are what they claim to be.
Consider a diploma mill. First of all, what is a diploma mill? A diploma mill basically is an institution that takes your money in exchange for a diploma or certification that may look authentic…but isn’t. No one but the organization awarding it recognizes the achievement. The place offering the diploma may be a local school or an online program.
No matter whether the institution is local or online, a simple check with the right agencies before agreeing to the program can save a lot of money, time, and heart ache. The Federal Trade Commission suggests these two resources (http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/, http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp); although not all “legitimate” schools may be listed. You may need to check through other channels, such as with the Better Business Bureau.
Don’t let a diploma mill’s marketing hype of earning a diploma or certification the quick, fast, easy, and cheap way deceive you into parting with your money. Make sure the company’s product lives up to its claims and compare with other educational options!
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