Getting the right college degree can open the door to a bright future in the career that you wish to pursue, but there are things that you need to know in advance in order to save money and protect yourself. Here are some important reminders then to keep in mind.
First of all, if you are going to pursue a degree program, you need to make sure that it is a fully accredited course provided by an accredited school. This is more important than ever before as several websites have sprung up across the Internet that are designed to look like legitimate colleges and universities who are offering college degrees at bargain basement prices. However, they are really nothing more than education scams, or diploma mills, that hand out what amounts to a fake degree that is worth very little in the employment world.
Of course, you can find plenty of legitimate, fully accredited schools both online and off line that can give you a high quality education in whatever major that you choose. But before you sign up with any school to pursue your higher education, do your homework first and make sure that it is accredited with a legitimate well recognized accreditation agency.
It's important that you not only verify the accreditation of the school itself that you are considering, but also the accreditation agency that recommends it. This is because these websites have now gone so far as to not only set up a phony school, but also fake accreditation agencies that appear to verify its curriculum. So don't be deceived by any school's apparent claims with regard to accreditation. Be sure to check it out yourself and know for a fact that the education you will receive at that school will be worth the investment that you make before signing up.
It's actually pretty easy to establish the validity of the school, as you only have to go to the web site for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or CHEA. This agency is not affiliated with the government, but helps coordinate research on accreditation issues. All you have to do is enter the name of the educational institution and they will tell you if it is accredited by a recognized legitimate accreditation agency or not. Just taking this one simple step can save you a lot of frustration and lost money.
You can also save money on pursuing an education degree if you have been in the military in the past, as there are plenty of options open to former military personnel through the GI Bill.
Another popular way of controlling education costs is to attend a community college in your area for the first two years and then transferring your credits over to a major college for your final degree. As long as the community college cooperates with the major colleges in the area, your credits should all transfer and you can usually save lots of money on the first two years of your education.
Hopefully these suggestions will help you be better prepared to find a college degree program that is not only fully accredited but also affordable as well.