FTC: Stratford Diplomas Didn’t Deliver

You never got your high school diploma, but realize now is the right time. You find a high school diploma program, work hard studying and taking exams, and finally, get a diploma.

Or so you think. When you go to enroll in college, you find out the diploma you got from the program that advertised “real” high school diplomas isn’t accepted. Which means your diploma doesn’t count. 

According to the FTC, that’s what happened to people who enrolled in Stratford Career Institute’s online distance education school. Today, the FTC announced a lawsuit against the school for making misleading claims that its diploma program would help people get jobs or further their education.

According to the FTC’s complaint, Stratford advertised its high school equivalency program online and in letters, brochures, magazine ads, and TV commercials, saying “it’s never too late to get your diploma.” People who enrolled paid as much as $989 for the program, which consisted of study packets and exams, and often took people more than two years to complete.

But according to the FTC, people who completed the program later found out from colleges and employers that Stratford’s diploma wasn’t equivalent to a traditional high school diploma, and wouldn’t be accepted.  The FTC’s complaint notes that Stratford’s program doesn’t meet the minimum educational requirements for high school diplomas in many states.

Want to know more about getting a legitimate high school equivalency diploma? Read High School Diploma Scams.

This article by the FTC was distributed by the Personal Finance Syndication Network.