College tuition is expensive. Each class can cost hundreds of dollars, and the pressure is on to do well and graduate on time. One way some students have found to do that: paying for answers.
Cheating is nothing new, students have been doing it forever, but thanks to the internet it's gone high-tech. We found a number of companies making a lot of money by promising online students they'd take their classes for them.
Among them: www.wetake yourclass.com. It's a website that allows students to pay to cheat. The site offers experts to take your online classes, even write your papers. All you have to do is pay a fee.
The site says what they offer is basically like tutoring. An advertisement on the site says, "We're just providing correct answers to your questions. Once we release the answers, it's up to you to submit them."
It may be an easy way out for some, but other students like Jeff and Heather Unger say they're better off doing the work themselves. They are both getting their Bachelors Degree in Accounting, and decided to take classes online.
They know it will be a lot of work, but in the end, they know it will be worth it. "It's not going to help me, because I wouldn't be learning the material," said Heather. "They're giving me the answers, so it's just like your kind of letting yourself down by going along with it."
Meantime, there could be a very real punishment for students who get caught, and that could include being expelled from a program.
Universities say they are aware of sites like wetakeyourclass.com, and are looking at options to make the system secure, like requiring passwords to log in. Another option could be group projects that would require face-to-face communication with other classmates.