The accredited status of online colleges can tell a student if they are a fake college or not. Another factor to consider is whether they operate a residential campus.
Check to see if your prospective distance education college is on our list of potential degree mills and review their accreditation at GetEducated’s Diploma Mill Police: http://www.geteducated.com/diploma-mill-police/degree-mills-list
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