Fraud in test taking and student loans can threaten the very existence of online colleges and universities
Manually documenting student identities before they take an online exam or receive student loan payments are labor intensive and very costly for schools coping with stagnating technology budgets.
Ensuring students are who they say they are, using the decidedly old-school approach, is also an inefficient system that has fallen short in many online college programs over the past decade as web-based learning grows.
The problem of identity fraud has become so pervasive in higher education that officials from the U.S. Department of Education have issued suggestions — and warnings — to colleges.
ED’s inspector general in 2012 suggested online colleges improve student verification before student aid is dispersed–sometimes several thousand dollars per disbursement. Campus officials whose colleges have been burned by student aid fraud rings have been known to temporarily stop accepting students from states known for large numbers of fake students who find their way into courses to collect an aid check.
And it’s this fraud that fuels criticism of online education as an inferior option to traditional in-person education.
Officials from the Atlanta-based company IDology are keenly aware of the importance of stopping fraudsters in their tracks, and the company’s technology has proven key in ensuring students are who they say they are.
See how IDology’s solutions stop fraud in its tracks…