Diploma Mill Law and Legal Definition

According to 20 USCS § 1003(7), the term “diploma mill” means “an entity that--

(A) (i) offers, for a fee, degrees, diplomas, or certificates, that may be used to represent to the general public that the individual possessing such a degree, diploma, or certificate has completed a program of postsecondary education or training; and

(ii) requires such individual to complete little or no education or coursework to obtain such degree, diploma, or certificate; and

(B) lacks accreditation by an accrediting agency or association that is recognized as an accrediting agency or association of institutions of higher education (as such term is defined in section 102 [20 USCS § 1002]) by--

(i) the Secretary pursuant to subpart 2 of part H of title IV [20 USCS § 1099b]; or

(ii) a Federal agency, State government, or other organization or association that recognizes accrediting agencies or associations.”