The U.S. Career Institute (USCI) is not a scam. It is owned and operated by Weston Distance Learning, Inc. and received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. It is also accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Although not necessarily a scam, there are positives and negatives to choosing a for-profit higher-education university like the USCI. A for-profit higher-education university is defined by Wikipedia as being a higher-education institution "operated by private, profit-seeking businesses." For-profit institutions typically accommodate non-traditional students and offer flexible scheduling, with several start dates throughout the year and online learning. For-profit higher-education institutions range from two-year to four-year programs, and they offer everything from technical and vocational certificates to liberal arts and professional degrees.
Although the flexible schedule and wide range of degrees to choose from attract many non-traditional students, the Huffington Post reports that students who attend for-profit education institutions are more likely to default on their student loans, are in greater debt than their traditional student counterparts and are less likely to be employed. For-profit higher-education institutions like the USCI are established by private, conglomerate corporations to profit from non-traditional students who typically cannot be accommodated by traditional higher-education universities.