Are Online Degrees for Real?

Can you really get legitimate online degrees?

If you’ve never seen an advertisement for online degrees, you’re either living in a bubble or you don’t have access to the Internet (and if you’re reading this, that’s obviously not the case). The fact is, almost everyone has been offered the chance to get an online degree. But are online degrees legitimate educational opportunities or are they just another con devised to rob you of your hard-earned money?

The Appeal

It’s no mystery as to why online degrees are attractive to many. With people working full time to support themselves and their families, making the trek to a nearby college in the evening may be out of the question for many. Once you give those people the opportunity to attend college from the comfort of their own homes, their options become wide open. However, which institution these people choose for their online education needs can mean the difference between success and failure.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

There are indeed legitimate opportunities for online degrees, but there are also a number of scams. While some people who attain online degrees work hard for their educational accomplishment, others just pay a paltry sum for a piece of paper that’s literally just worth the paper it’s printed on. What’s the difference between these groups of people?

Those who pursue their online degrees from accredited colleges are the ones who work hard for their accomplishments while those who buy a piece of paper from a fly-by-night “degree factory” are literally trying to cheat the system.

Then there is another group of people – those who work hard for an online degree but the degree doesn’t get them anywhere because the credits aren’t transferable and the school isn’t recognized as an educational institution. Again, this is the difference between accredited schools and schools that are not accredited.

It’s Your Education -- It’s Your Life

The bottom line is this -- if you want to look into online degrees, make sure you get your degree from an accredited college. When deciding which college to select, treat it no differently than if you were actually going to attend the college in person. Check into their programs, their reputation and the services they offer their students. By closely investigating the colleges they’re interested in, people pursuing online degrees can ensure they get the education they deserve.


What are appropriate accreditations to look for? What are the best ways to find legitimate sources of undergrad and advanced degrees that will be accepted by employers and other institutions of higher learning?

How do I know if they are an accredited school or if my credits are transferable? They may tell me they are, but how do I research if they are telling me the truth?

There is a web site that you can use to look up accredited colleges and universities:


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