which online colleges should be a voided?

By | October 31, 2013

Are any of them scams? I filled out some information online, and was contacted by three of them that seemed very expensive and pushy, more like salespeople than colleges, really.

Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with any of these? Thanks.

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5 thoughts on “which online colleges should be a voided?

  1. Hsiang T

    should probably avoid all of them. unless there is a particular license or 3rd party certification that goes along with it (like real estate license).

    try community college instead.

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  2. eri

    Tons of online schools are scams. You need to make sure they have regional accreditation and then make sure the agency that accredited them is recognized by the US Dept of Education. Any school that claims you can finish a bachelors in significantly less than 4 years is a scam. And then you should avoid for-profit schools because those are very expensive and not well-regarded.

  3. Canadian Bacon

    Depends how you define “scam”.

    For starters, yes, there are plenty of online “schools” that are entirely fraudulent. If you’ve never heard of them before, don’t trust them. If it looks too good to be true, it is.

    Regarding for-profit schools (University of Phoenix, DeVry, Everest, Kaplan, Penn Foster, American Intercontinental, many others–any school that has a TV commercial), they aren’t “scams” as per the letter of the law, but they are ethically dubious and have been known to use shady recruitment tactics. For-profit schools are not educational institutions, but corporations. They, like any other profit-oriented business, are out to bring in more profits. They accomplish that by offering abysmal education at very high prices. Employers know all of this, so they prefer to hire people from schools where they know they will have received adequate preparation. The “ethically dubious” part is that the recruiters will never tell you any of this–the poor quality, the poor employment prospects, the jacked up prices.

    Non-profit schools (ie. ones that rely on their reputation rather than advertising and have proper campuses) literally operate as non-profit organizations. The money they bring in goes back into the school to support higher quality education, rather than into the pockets of corporate owners and investors.

    If online education is your only option, you are much better off seeking a distance program from a non-profit college/university/community college.

  4. Chris

    There are a lot of online colleges out there that arent the best. But there are some that are legit and have a really good reviews on them. Try starting your search here: http://www.uscollegesearch.org/online-colleges.html You can narrow down by the program you are interested in for online education. Tons of people have started off here and moved onto successful careers in the field they studied them. Dont write off every online school as a scam because there are schools out there that really do want to help you complete your degree.
    Good luck!

  5. Vins

    You can easily compare info about these schools in this site – schools.iblogger.org

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