Make sure your GED is the real deal, take it in person.
The GED ® (General Education Development) test offers a second chance to those who lack a formal high school degree. But for high school diploma mills, offering a fake GED diploma online is just another way to scam students.
A diploma mill is a online high school or university that sells worthless degrees. While it can be tricky identifying these fake schools, it isn’t impossible (check out Diploma Mill or Real Online Degree? 10 Ways to Spot the Fake). Once you know a few key facts, you can easily determine if that online GED program you’ve been exploring is real or a dangerous scam.
Read on for tips on how to make sure you're not getting a fake GED diploma online.
Here's a list most states in the USA hope they'd never make: the top 10 states in the United States where lax laws have encouraged scam artists to operate degree mills or diploma mills.
"Degree mill" is a term used to describe phony colleges that crank out fake degrees and transcripts at a dizzying pace.
Sadly, the United States may lead the world in diploma mills, degree mills and fake online colleges, according to a report by Verifile Limited, a United Kingdom firm.
Here is a list of the top 10 locations by state for diploma mills in the United States. According to Verifile, these states may be home to the highest number of fake universities—unaccredited institutions of higher education—and unrecognized accrediting agencies:
I’m worried about whether my online degree will be respected. I just completed my bachelor's online and am ready to send out my resume. Should I use my cover letter to reveal to potential employers that I earned my degree online? Do employers respect online degrees? —Holly in Nashville, Tenn.
These days, earning degrees or taking post-secondary courses online is not an oddity. In 2012, an estimated 86 percent of traditional residential colleges offered college courses through online learning. More than one-third offered entire degrees online.
Online education is no longer the future. It’s right now. Employers are embracing online education in record numbers. Unlike a decade ago, employers no longer automatically perceive online degrees or distance education as inferior or second class.
As a result, there is no need to reveal in a cover letter or resume that you “earned your degree online.” Details about why you chose any particular type of school—such as a private school versus a public school or a Christian college versus a secular college—are best left to discussion during an actual interview.
Consumers Beware: NONE of these accrediting agencies are recognized as college accreditors in the U.S. by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education. As such, colleges claiming “accreditation” by these agencies are not accepted as valid providers of online degrees and should be approached with great caution if college credibility is important to you.
Remember, most diploma mills and degree mills are accredited—but by fake or phony agencies that the degree mills themselves own and operate!
A diploma mill, also known as a degree mill, is a phony university that sells college diplomas and transcripts—the actual pieces of paper—rather than the educational experience. Diploma mills are scam colleges that literally crank out fake diplomas to anyone who pays the requested "tuition."
Diploma mills often promise a fast college degree based on "life experience."
The Get Educated online education team has prepared these Top 10 Signs of an Online College Degree Mill to help students protect themselves from this popular online scam.
Don’t be fooled by degree mills. Many maintain impressive-looking websites, and all of them advertise heavily online under the attractive terms "fast degree," "life experience degrees," "fast online degree" and "work experience degree."
To protect yourself, look behind the curtain. Flip past the flashy graphics on the website and the promises of an instant degree for the name of the school’s accreditation agency.
Then, take the time to verify that the agency is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education.
If you remain suspicious, consult the Diploma Mill Police for a free accreditation report and to evaluate if your chosen college might possibly be a degree mill.
Some realize what they are doing, but an escalating number are being duped by degree mills that operate sophisticated Internet fraud schemes promising consumers they can get a degree fast online. These phony colleges, aptly named diploma mills, thrive on the sale of fake diplomas.
Most people assumed not—until 2003, when the U.S. Government Office of Accountability undertook the first study of government employees who used federal tuition aid programs to buy a fake college diploma online.
The Congressional investigation uncovered 400 government employees, including upper echelon managers, who had decided to buy a degree using government tuition assistance programs or who had listed bogus colleges on their job applications.
Help! Choosing an online college is an overwhelming task. I have a list of more than 20 possible colleges. I’m favoring one that is nationally accredited by the Distance Education & Training Council (DETC). Will my degree be accepted by employers? My career counselor told me national accreditation (like DETC) is not as good as attending a regionally accredited online college. Which is better: regional accreditation vs. national accreditation? And does it really make any difference? —Michael in Atlanta, Ga.
The truth? One type of online university accreditation is not necessarily “better” than another if you take “better” to mean “better academically.” However, there are real benefits to attending a regionally accredited online college versus a nationally accredited college.