By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – How do you know if a particular college is legitimate?READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Slow-Moving Storm System Brings Potential For Gusty Thunderstorms, Flooding
Trump University, an institution set up by ‘The Donald’, promised students that they would become wealthy by learning Trump’s real estate tips and strategies, taught by his handpicked instructors. It guaranteed “apprenticeship” support and even a chance to meet Trump himself.
After spending thousands of dollars, students found that they were no richer, and the chance to meet Trump turned out to be an opportunity to have a picture taken with a life-sized photo of him. Which is probably better, actually.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Announce $30 Million In Grants To Fight Gun Violence, Encourage Community Organizations To Apply For Funds
But how do you know if a college is legitimate?
Colleges and universities are reviewed by accrediting agencies to ensure that the education meets acceptable levels of quality. All institutions of higher ed, whether the institutions are public and private, for profit and not for profit and those that offer courses on line or in classrooms, can be accredited.
The institution must be accredited in order to be eligible to receive federal student aid.MORE NEWS: Mantua Shooting Leaves 4 People Hospitalized, Philadelphia Police Say
The Department of Education keeps a list of accredited institutions so before you put down any money for training, check the accreditation status and ask if the cardboard cut out comes with the tuition.