Diploma mills are organizations that claim to award diplomas and degrees based on life and work experiences or substandard study. Many of them allow you to purchase a diploma without any verification of your identity or educational background. Many claim to be accredited by an accrediting agency even if the agency itself is not officially recognized. Some use misleading statements such as "state-approved" or "licensed."
What are the dangers of receiving a diploma from a diploma mill? Passing a diploma as accredited when it is not may be considered a crime depending on when and where it is used. The diploma mill owners are often indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering.
How can you identify a diploma mill? Diploma mills have no teaching facilities. They do not require you to visit the school and have no libraries or publications. Their literature usually contains grammatical and spelling errors or Latin words. Their web sites show sample diplomas or accreditation stamps. Finally, their offer seems too good to be true. It is.
Foreign Credits does not, and will never knowingly evaluate credentials obtained through a diploma mill. If you have a question about the legitimacy of a diploma or an educational institution, please do not hesitate to contact us.