Cheapest Online Colleges: Lack of Accreditation
Reputable online school programs will validate their program’s accreditation and display it prominently on their website. If you have to do a massive internet search to try and find out if a program is accredited, that’s probably a red flag you shouldn’t ignore.
It would be a terrible waste of time, money, and resources to end up with a degree that wasn’t considered legitimate by employers. You can verify a program’s accreditation through the Department of Education. Although the government agency does not offer accreditation services, it recognizes certain agencies that do. Here is a comprehensive list of colleges that are recognized as accredited programs.
*Note: There are many agencies that accredit illegitimate “diploma mills.” These are not recognized by the Department of Education. Here is a list of unrecognized agencies to be aware of.