Avoiding Diploma Mills

Many students and their parents need to know some key methods of avoiding involvement with a diploma mill. The Department of Education provides some guidelines to help avoid these organizations. The Department of Education also lists a few other resources for helping to determine whether an organization is in fact a diploma mill or not. The most comprehensive way is for individuals to check the database of accredited institutions for the school or agency they are interested in to rule out the possibility of the organization not being accredited. A few places to check from the Department of Education website include:

 

  • U.S. Department of Education: Diploma Mills and Accreditation
  • Oregon Student Assistance Commission: Overview of diploma mills and a list of unaccredited colleges
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation: Fact Sheet #6, Important Questions About “Diploma Mills” and “Accreditation Mills”

 

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