Every year, thousands of people are lured into paying tuition for counterfeit schools that don’t have any real authority to grant degrees. Before you choose a school, take the time to do a little research and find out what you can expect from them. If your school has central offices near you, drop by and take a tour. If not, give the school a call and talk to an admissions officer or counselor to get answers to any questions you might have.
After talking to the people at your school, the following research tips can help you find information that the school may not tell you:
- Ask them to send you a brochure or information packet.
- Do an About.com or Google search for your school's name.
- Ask friends and relatives if they have heard of the school.
- Check out message boards. (While not the most reliable source of information, they may give you an idea of how people view the school.)
- Try to find other students who may have taken classes or graduated from there.
- Double check with the Department of Education's database to make sure the school has been upfront about their accreditation.