Police in College Park, Maryland, briefly arrested three college students for selling MBA, MPA and MEd degrees, all of which had "regional" accreditation. The students were released the same day when it was determined that no law had actually been broken.
The students charged others $400 to complete all academic work required in graduate-level courses offered by the online division of Strayer University (Arlington, VA). They guaranteed grades of A or B in each course, or else the fee would be refunded. Strayer requires only 12 courses to be completed for an MBA, MEd or MPA degree. Thus, the student entrepreneurs would charge $4,800 to complete all coursework, including exams for each degree. Those seeking the degrees also had to pay for tuition, but not for books.
All exams at Strayer are open-book. Students do not attend classes. The school has regional accreditation from MSCHE
, headquartered in Philadelphia.