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Consumers must remain vigilant as they pursue their education. This site is not meant to deter you from getting a degree. Make sure that you take advantage of the resources available to you and learn as much as you can about the institutions you are interested in attending.

Here are more helpful resources on accreditation and diploma mills:

Accreditation and Licensing

U.S. Department of Education - A list of all postsecondary institutions that are accredited by agencies recognized by the Secretary of Education.

U.S. Department of Education - Overview of accreditation in the United States and List of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies.

National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools - Provides contact information for state licensing agencies as well as links to many of them. - Simple questions to ask about accreditation about earning unaccredited degrees.

Unaccredited Institutions

Oregon Student Assistance Commission - Overview of diploma mills and a list of unaccredited colleges and some diploma mills.

Michigan's list of unaccredited colleges and universities (PDF).

Diploma Mills

Federal Trade Commission Facts For Business - "Avoid Fake-Degree Burns By Researching Academic Credentials."

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Alert - "Diploma Mills: Degrees of Deception."


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Last Modified: 12/23/2009