Even though there are far too many people falling prey to online school scams these days, there are tools that you can use to fight back against this. One of the most useful tools that you have at your disposal is your ability to investigate a school on your own. The following tips will help you to recognize what very well may be an online school scam and to avoid becoming a victim of it, which could potentially cost you tens of thousands of dollars.
You may get e-mail solicitations from online schools telling you about how you can get a degree very easily, how you can study from your own home and all of the other usual sales pitches that go along with online schools. One of the first things you can do is take a look at the sender’s e-mail address. That e-mail address may not match the organization that claims to be sending the e-mail. Reputable colleges will almost always use a domain name ending in dot “edu”. This is the top level domain set aside for educational institutions. If you don’t see this at the end of the sender’s e-mail address, consider it a warning sign.
Before you go to the webpage of a school that solicits you via e-mail, make sure you look them up on other Internet sites, as well. If the school claims to be based, just for the sake of example, in Delaware, look up accrediting agencies in Delaware and see if that school shows up as an accredited institution in that state. If it does not, trash the e-mail and don’t consider it again.
Another way you can identify an online college scam is to take a look at what they’re actually promising you. For example, if they offer a nursing course that doesn’t require you to go into a hospital and put in real time with real patients, it’s a fraud. No hospital is ever going to hire you unless you have a certain amount of time spent working on a hospital floor.
If something sounds too good to be true, remember the old axiom that it probably is too good to be true. College is hard, it’s supposed to be, college is hardly ever convenient or easy. If an online school is promising you the world and promising you a specific degree without putting much work into it at all, it is almost certainly some sort of a ripoff.