GED Scams

GED Scams

Sadly, there are GED scams on the Internet. There are so many high school dropouts and many of them visit the Internet.  The Internet is a perfect method for allowing unscrupulous people a chance to build GED scams for the uneducated. Let’s look at the most basic GED scams.

GED Scam #1:  Getting a GED Online

Yes I know, the name of  this site is online GED site .  I chose that name to attract Internet visitors so I could tell GED students that they absolutely cannot take a GED test online and then get a GED.

Since the late 1940’s the GED or General Equivalency Diploma has been granted only to people who pass a day long series of tests in a supervised testing environment.  If you have time, you need to learn more about the GED test on Wikipedia.

You can study for the GED online, but you certainly can’t sit in front of your computer at home and pass an official GED test using the Internet.  GED tests are offered at official GED test sites with direct supervision.  GED tests are a very structured event.

GED Scam #2:  Online High School Programs that Offer Quick Degrees

There are numerous online high schools on the Internet.  But finding an online high school that offers a degree that employers and/or colleges will accept is the problem.

Here’s some advice: if getting an online high school diploma seems too easy, most likely it isn’t worth the effort.

More advice: Some of these online high schools have some very flowery web pages talking about their accreditation.  Read those pages carefully.  You may find that they talk about the importance of accreditation, when in fact they aren’t accredited.  Again, buyer beware.

There’s more advice on how to avoid GED scams at the end of this blog article.

GED Scam #3:  Entering College before you Pass Your GED

scams collegeIt’s my understanding that you can’t enter college and attend college classes until you have a high school diploma or a GED (not to mention good grades).

But a tiny minority of for profit colleges commit fraud by enrolling students and allowing them to attend classes even though they haven’t finished high school or passed their GED.  Fraud happens when schools process students without high school degress or a GED for their college and then help students falsely apply for student loans.  Most college loan applications require the applicant to have a high school degree or a GED.

“…sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain nearly $362,000 in federal financial aid for ineligible students by providing false general equivalency diplomas (GEDs) and falsifying financial aid forms.”

Why would a few bad admissions counselors break the law to admit ineligible people to a college?  Money is the answer.

How do you avoid some of these GED scams?

Go backwards.

For  example, perhaps you think that the XYZ Online High School looks legitimate to you, do two things:

  1. Ask the XYZ Online High School for the names of colleges where their online high school degree is accepted for entrance to college.  An institution proud of its program will be glad to tell you about its graduates and the colleges they attended.
  2. Phone or call a local junior college and ask for the admissions counselor.  Tell them you’re interested in attending their college and you are wondering if a online high school degree from the XYZ Online High School will qualify as a high school diploma.
  3. Use the Better Business Bureau for research.  Before you spend money on an online high school degree, research any complaints against that company at the Better Business Bureau.  The BBB has been helping consumers for decades.

A Few Conclusions on GED Scams

Most people and their GED programs and services are decent, and legal.  But there are those that profit from GED scams that are quite sophisticated.

Do your background checks on anyone offering “online GED’s” or online high school diploma degrees that are easy to acquire (for money).  Your best option for avoiding GED scams is to just study for the GED test, take the test at an official testing site, and pass the GED test the old fashioned way:  honestly.

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2 Responses to “GED Scams”

  1. Nice article. Ironic but the google ads on the site include scam schools (in my opinion) but as was said, ‘let the buyer beware’.


  2. Brett,

    I have considered the ads on my blog, wondering if they are valid or not.

    All I can ever say, is that people should cautiously investigate any company offering a high school degree or online GED of any type. If an ad leads you to an offer that seems too good to be true, than it’s probably not real or valuable.

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