Unlike public universities and private nonprofit colleges, for-profit colleges are owned and operated by private corporations with a goal of making money. These schools often make false promises and provide sub-par educations that fail to prepare students for a career and saddle them with too much debt. Watch out for “shady schools.” Your education is too important to take chances with.
Protect Yourself From For-Profit College Scams
Research the institution
Do your homework. Go online and see what you can find out about the school you’re interested in.
Check the school's ranking
Before you commit to a for-profit school or program, check their rankings so you know what you’re getting into.
Be suspicious of job guarantees
Be suspicious of recruiters who use high-pressure sales tactics, exaggerate potential income, or make job guarantees.
Make sure the school is accredited
Make sure the school is accredited. If it’s not, it may not have your best interests in mind.
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