Diploma Mills In The United States

The school's website may well not have an .edu domain, or other country-specific equivalent, since registration of such names is typically restricted. However, enforcement has sometimes been less restrictive, and an .edu domain cannot be taken as verification of school quality or reputation. Some diploma mills use an .ac top-level domain name, which resembles genuine second-level academic domain names like ac.uk but is in fact the ccTLD for Ascension Island. To prevent misuse of their names in this way, some legitimate academic institutions have registered .ac domains. While the terms "degree mill" and "diploma mill" are commonly used interchangeably, within the academic community a distinction is sometimes drawn. A "degree mill" issues diplomas from unaccredited institutions which may be legal in some states but are generally illegitimate, while a "diploma mill" issues counterfeit diplomas bearing the names of real universities.

Abell continued in his Defense Department job until August 2005, when he joined the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, where he remained until 2007. Diploma mills are mainly found in the U.S. jurisdictions which have not adopted tough laws to prohibit them. Constitution's protection of religion by representing themselves as Bible colleges, since in many jurisdictions religious institutions can legally offer degrees in religious subjects without government regulation. Nevertheless, some religious colleges and seminaries have been fined for issuing degrees without meeting educational requirements.

Much of the quality of instruction depends on the attitude of the administration and the instructor. Data collected in a 1999 study by Elliot Inman and Michael Kerwin showed instructors had conflicting attitudes about teaching distance education. They report that after teaching one course, the majority of instructors were willing to teach another, but that they rated the quality of the course as only equal or lower quality than other classes taught on campus.

As of May 2010, about 63 percent of personal financial advisors offering college tuition planning services were employed in the finance and insurance industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers included banks, financial investment firms, insurance carriers, and securities and commodity brokers. About 29 percent of personal financial advisors who specialize in college planning were self-employed. The BLS predicts that the employment of personal financial advisors will increase by 30 percent during the current ten-year period ending 2018. A Qualified Tuition Program, also called a 529 plan, is operated by individual states or by eligible educational institutions.

There is a limited enrollment window for the prepaid program each year. If the student does not to attend college, many states will only return the original contribution, reducing or eliminating compounded interest. Prepaid unit plans allow buyers to purchase a fixed percentage of tuition. Plan participants pay the same price for each unit and the price of a unit increases each year. WSAC provides program management, recordkeeping, and administrative support for GET.


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