Fraudulent Online ‘Schools’ Can Muddy the Waters for Dropouts Hoping to Earn a High School Education or Equivalency

Officials at Franklin Virtual High School (http://www.FranklinVirtualSchools.com), which specializes in offering high school level education to students of all ages, are concerned that the approximately 1.2 million people each month who enter the keyword “GED” (or related GED and high school keywords), may find on search engines such as Google or Yahoo that diploma that mill advertisements pop up first before many accredited or certified schools (some of which can no longer afford the increased per-click costs being charged).

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 05, 2012

For adult students attempting to gain a high school credential online, their first step is often a search engine like Google or Yahoo, according to school officials from Franklin Virtual High School (http://www.FranklinVirtualSchools.com) who maintain, “there are many diploma mills operating on the Web that ultimately deliver worthless documents and broken promises,” said David Hooser, chief administrative officer at Franklin Virtual Schools. “Many students have unknowingly spent their hard-earned dollars on diploma mills that seem real because they can advertise on top search engines,” he added.

Some of these entities place ads under a variety of school names, though they promote the same essential program and are run by a single operation. One has been exposed on numerous occasions but continues to operate – with a simple name change. Information about this can be found at http://www.OnlineColleges.net/2012/09/10/diploma-mill-scammers-get-hit-with-multi-million-dollar-judgments.

Unfortunately these entities have increased online advertising expenses, driving up pay-per-click costs for legitimate online university and high school level programs such as Franklin Virtual High School (FVHS) (http://www.franklinvirtualschools.com), in some cases forcing them out of the marketplace.

One international law professor, Dr. Sanjiv Bhatnagar, has noted that ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a U.S. corporation, has complete control over top-level domain names ending in .com, .org, .net, .edu, and others. However, other domain name endings, or in some cases the same U.S. domain name endings with newly created names can easily pop up, and draw in those who have not done due diligence regarding a school’s credentials.

“Diploma mills are not something new, of course,” said Hooser, “but in the age of the Internet it’s easier than ever to operate under such false premises and disappoint ‘graduates’ hoping to better their job prospects with what turns out to be a worthless diploma or certification.”

The bottom line is that students must check credentials before signing up with any online school. To help with this, FVHS has developed a quick reference guide of currently advertised online school programs/options. This can be found at http://www.franklinvirtualschools.com/trusted. Franklin also offers low-cost programs with a variety of satisfaction or money back guarantees so students will rest assured they’ve made a solid choice.

To learn more about FVHS, visit http://www.franklinvirtualschools.com or call (888) 990-3847.

ABOUT: Franklin Virtual High School (FVHS) caters to teens and adults seeking to fulfill high school education requirements or equivalency as full- or part-time students. The school, which was founded in 2009 to offer 100 percent online education, is accredited by Advanc-Ed (http://www.Advanc-Ed.org), parent organization for SACS, NCA, and NWAC, and BBB A+ rated. As a private enterprise, FVHS is a tuition-based educational institution that does not compete with public or charter schools for government funds. FVHS students are seeking to achieve a variety of goals, from career advancement to continuing their education, whether at trade/vocational schools, private schools and community colleges, or at major universities.


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