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Signs an Online Degree Isn't the Real Deal

September 30, 2019 by Karen Grossman |

iStock-1010155238-LSIf an online degree sounds too good to be true, how do you know for certain? With so many online programs available, you can find a reputable one if you know what to look for.

According to U.S. News & World Report, prospective students looking for quality education should watch out for red flags. Here are some warning signs to indicate an online program may be a scam:

  • Accreditation status isn’t clear.
    Call to verify if you’re unsure. You can find credible online programs at colleges and universities accredited by organizations recognized by the Council for Higher Education or the U.S. Department of Education. (UNC Greensboro’s accreditation details are available here.)
  • Program claims you can earn a degree quickly and easily.
    You can’t earn a degree without putting in hard work and time. Those new skills will help advance your career.

  • Sales pitches pressure you to enroll.
    Enrollment discussions with advisors should focus on academic programs and results.

  • Program enrollment costs a lot of money up front.
    Do your research. Learn about financial aid, tuition assistance, fees, and more.

For more warning signs, read the full article on the U.S. News & World Report site.

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