It's that time of the year when parents and their newly graduated offspring will be looking at further study options.
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Wits University Professor Ruksana Osman, explains what to look out for to prevent being fleeced.
Osman says the 'for profit' movement in education is thriving globally.
It's a global problem, fake colleges, fake universities, fake diplomas...but there are certain things that parents and students can definitely look out for.— Professor Ruksana Osman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Wits University
Checking the college and its programmes is accredited is your right, she says.
That is your right. Sometimes we feel so happy to get into a college, we forget to ask any questions.— Professor Ruksana Osman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Wits University
Check the location of the college, she advises.
Don't just trust what you see on a webiste and pay the money sight unseen.
Make sure you go to the place, and see that it is standing, a physical space somewhere.— Professor Ruksana Osman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Wits University
And even then, fly-by-night colleges change locations very often, so parents would need to be involved in a thorough check.
Beware of overpromising by the college.
Be wary of big promises, false promises.— Professor Ruksana Osman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Wits University
Those are often red flags in fake colleges.
Asking for upfront payment is another clue.
Another warning sign is asking for all payments to be made upfront, she says.
Always exercise your rights, she urges.
Listen to the tips below: