Diploma mills are organizations that issue fraudulent degrees and certificates with substandard or no academic studying required. Generally, diploma mills are unaccredited, and any degrees obtained from such organizations are claimed to be awarded on the basis of life experience.
If individuals attempt to use any degrees issued from a diploma mill in order to gain employment, they could be punished with a fine, jail-time or probation. In some states, the use of a fraudulent diploma for employment seeking purposes is considered to be a serious crime.
If individuals are in doubt about an online program's credibility, here is a list of warning signs, which may indicate that it is a diploma mill:
Individuals can easily steer clear of diploma mills by always checking an online university's accreditation against the U.S. Department of Education's online list. If anything about an online university's program requirements seems suspicious, chances are it is.