While you are researching postsecondary education options, it is important to keep in mind any red flags that may pop up. This handy checklist will help you know if something is a red flag and will tell you where to search for more information to make sure you are making the right choice for you!
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Trust your instincts
First and foremost, TRUST YOUR GUT. Does something feel “just not right”? Take time, check it out. Talk to your ILP Coordinator or another trusted adult.
Look at the institution itself
o Check out: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
o There are Red flags that may indicate an institution is unaccredited. These are:
--Students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
--There is evidence of numerous student complaints about educational quality.
--Credits are awarded for very little work.
--The "accrediting agency" for the institution is not listed as a recognized agency by the Dep't of Education
--The institution has a name that is very similar to a well-known college or university.
Look at the School’s “Grades”
Salary and Wage Information
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