According to ABC News, online education has gone up consistently over the years. In fact, online education is becoming one of the most popular options for people seeking degrees. Particularly for people who are balancing work and family lives, being able to pursue a degree online is an excellent opportunity to increase earning power and self-esteem.
While the numbers have grown in the meantime, an article from ABC quotes a 2008 survey that revealed that 3.9 million students were already taking at least one online course in 2007. This number has only grown in the intervening years. Unfortunately, some of the students are the victims of fraud perpetrated by schools that either do not exist, that are not accredited or that do not give a high enough level of education to make their degrees worth anything more than the paper upon which they are printed.
One of the biggest signs a school may be fraudulent is if getting a degree from them seems too easy. There are standards for getting degrees. Those standards are ascertained through a process called accreditation. An accredited school has been determined to give education that is up to the standards set by the accrediting agency. If the school is not accredited, it generally means that their degrees will not be accepted by accredited schools. For example, if you sign up to take your liberal education courses online and plan on finishing out your major at a state school, you may well find out that the courses you took online did not give you any credits that the state school will recognize.
College fraud is a very real and very common problem. In fact, it’s not uncommon to get a constant stream of spam e-mails from fraudulent colleges these days. Fighting back against these colleges is possible, but it does take a good attorney to handle this for you.
College fraud victims should contact an attorney who handles these cases as part of their regular practice. These attorneys will have the tools required to go after the school and to seek compensation for the money that you spent on something that wasn’t worth any money at all. These colleges, even though you may not know them beyond their Internet page, are responsible for any acts of fraud that they commit. Aside from possible criminal charges that may manifest against these colleges at some point, you do have civil courts available to you as a means of redressing the wrong.