Wait 'til you call NIU and want to verify a degree or past dates of attendance!
They are too up-scale to hire a student or have an intern to give out simple information by phone. Instead, now, they are big-time and re-direct callers to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) at www.degreeverify.org
Once you get there, you find out that, for the exorbitant charge to your credit card of $9.00, you can find out whether a person holds a degree from NIU and what his or her past dates of attendance were. That is, I am sure, if that person is in their records. I wonder how they handle requests, should they not find a record of a degree or past dates of attendance.
Is it like calling Directory Assistance, where you get nailed the $2.00, whether or not the operator finds a listed number for the person whose phone number you want?
NIU is extra special in another way. It'll cost you $9.00 to get the information you want, if NSC has it. For most of the schools and colleges listed, the fee is $6.50. Why does NIU distinguish itself in this manner by charging NSC more, which gets passed along to the NSC customer?
Well, let's find out if there is more than one way to skin this cat. I'll just call on my friend, Mr. FOIA, for a little help.