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Finding an Online Education Company You Can Trust
Online education has become a very popular and useful form of education, but not every company out there is legitimate. The last thing you want is to spend your money, devote your time and energy, and then get a so-called diploma that won’t be accepted anywhere. The company that sold you that piece of paper, is commonly known as a diploma mill. Diploma mills are scam-type companies that sell diplomas essentially for money. They either offer drastically substandard academic work or do not offer any type of academic study at all to get a diploma award. They are not recognized by an official accrediting body and are not acknowledged by colleges, high schools, and employers. They are not recognized as legitimate entities, thus their diplomas are essentially worthless to you.The only thing you will earn from a diploma mill is very real disappointment that can set you back.
Not every unaccredited company is a diploma mill however. Some online high school companies may offer good programs but may be in the process of obtaining official accreditation or do not wish to gain accreditation. All the same, companies that are officially accredited offer a peace of mind. You can rest assured that they are offering effective programs that award legitimate diplomas and that the diplomas will be recognized and accepted by academic institutions and employers.
Diploma mills often try various things to appear legitimate. They may find ways to deflect your attention from some of the signs listed above. They may offer special services or ask for pertinent information. A fraudulent company may claim to have accreditation from a bogus accrediting agency. There are diploma mills that openly offer false diplomas for cash, and there are diploma mills that pretend to be real schools. The latter example is the most deceptive and fraudulent because the unknowing student “graduates” from the false program in full belief that he has earned something valuable.
Make sure the company is accredited by a legitimate agency. An easy way to tell the difference between a bogus accrediting agency and legitimate agency is to look on the list of accredited agencies issued by the United States Department of Education. This is one sure step you can take to avoid wasting precious time, energy, and money.The American Academy is an accredited online high school accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, an accrediting agency listed on the federal government’s list.