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Ashford University
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Ashford is an outstanding school.
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Degree: Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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As an active duty military student you can't find a more military friendly school. My tuition assistance covers everything and Ashford supplies books and lab kits for free. The curriculum is challenging and engaging. My instructors have all been knowledgeable subject matter experts. Ashford accepted all my military credits and classes I have taken in the past. Ashford is an excellent school.

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sherkisha - about 3 hours ago

did you receive a federal pell grant back

Pros and too many Cons!
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Degree: Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Graduation Year: 2017
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First off, I am a National Guard veteran. When I spoke with an advisor, they took this into consideration and were very excited to tell me about their veteran discounts and what they have to offer. I have taken 6 courses so far and I have noticed a lot of my classmates are also veterans or currently in the military. I started with Ashford in the beginning of summer 2014. So far my cons I have with the school are: 1. They first told me I had all the paperwork, and then they told me there was missing paper work. Not a big deal to redo some if it, but it was annoying. 2. Instructors are VERY less than helpful. I e-mail when I have issues, concerns, or flat out confused and they just tell me to go to the Ashford writing center. Even when my question had nothing to do with writing, I was asking for clarification on an assignment. 3. The amount of essays, discussion topics, and everything else they cram into 5 weeks in insane! I can hardly keep up with it and my GPA can speak for that. 4. First week of my most recent class I had to create a layout already for the week 5 final essay, do my intro, discussion topics, and a quiz on top of all of it. I understand it's a school and you have assignments and discussion topics count towards attendance, but wow! That first week felt like an overload. How is a person supposed to make a final essay outline in the first week of class if we have no knowledge so far of everything we are to learn? 5. They really need to implement more breaks, such as spring breaks or at least a week or two in the summer. It's nice have a couple of days during Thanksgiving and two weeks during Christmas, but I feel I will get burned out with everything being back to back, nonstop and no breaks again until the end of the year. 6. The instructor’s reviews of submitted assignments are so vague. For example my thesis statement was considered "awkward” by my instructor. Can I take that moment to be the instructor and ask questions such as "What about this thesis statement makes it awkward?" Pros: 1. Having one class at a time to concentrate on is nice. 2. I didn't have to take an accuplacer, which I think is a good thing?? 3. The online class is quite simple to navigate. 4. Online school is convenient since I work part-time and the local tech school class hours clash with my work hours. Those are about the only four I can think of at the moment. I honestly feel like I am not getting the education I deserve with how fast they fly through these classes. I want to know that I WORKED for my education and degree and not just fly through a bunch of classes and end up with a degree with no knowledge to back it up. I think I might end up going to a brick and mortar school because I learn better in a face to face setting.

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Colin - 13 days ago

You know, you can submit a break request at any time during the year if you feel burned out.

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Degree: Behavioral Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
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I was able to get ahold of someone when I had questions. They were able to answer right away or find someone that could help. I had a great experience.

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Initially my place of employment required a 4 y...
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 20213
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In working a full-time position in a non-profit organization, I was able to complete my studies without any feelings of being overwhelmed. Yes the assignments were a challange looking at the syllabus, but once you have devised your study pattern that worked for you, I found it was managable. I think you as a student need to have the determination to take on the task of continuing your education. Yes the tuition fees are higher than some other tuitions you as a person need to be able to make that determination whether the cost of the programs is what you are willing to invest in a career. I experienced death of 2 family members while in school and I was able to take the time that I needed with the direction of my advisor that also allowed me to maintain my attendance requirements for finanacial aid. The program challenged my to devise a plan that worked for me. I would advise students to ask questions and use your judgment as to whether this program would be a beneficial venture for your.

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never go to ashford!!
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Degree: Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Graduation Year: 2016
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I would never recommend this school to anyone just because of the financial aid office!! the instructor's are very good, but I feel like the financial aid office did not apply all my aid to my classes and/or stipend. they are telling me I owe $1071 and I know I had enough aid to take care of my classes!! they also add classes on that are not even scheduled for months later!! I am going to file a report with the doe and let them check into this school!!!

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This school sucks!!! BEWARE!!
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 0000
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When I disputed grades in 2 classes, nothing was done. I was billed personally for the classes. They were not part of the student loan. They do this to bill you twice for the same class.

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Kat - 21 days ago

I completely agree with your comment (feel like I got suckered). I also owe for not two, but three classes that I did not pass, as they "held" my Student Loan after my first failing grade. I also filled out Instructor Grievance Forms and Grade Dispute Forms regarding the grades and instructors, however, nothing was done in my case either. Also, the response time from the instructors is unacceptable when one is under a times constraint (5 week classes) and the "tutoring", "input", or "guidance" is non-existent. Now I am having to find another university to attend, as well as having to pay for those classes.

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I taught for this school for years because the pay was so good, but the students are mostly illiterate. I would start with more than 30 students in a section. This would then be about 15 by the end of the five weeks. Of those fifteen, about 8 would pass. I did teach some of the higher classes, and the students there were stronger. I was also unimpressed with the correspondence with the other instructors who did not even seem to have a background in psychology. I highly doubt the degree is worthwhile to get students the skills or open up doors. The exception might be the student that already has experience, but now their employer is demanding a degree. The majority of the students who will be your classmates are those who are there for the financial aide or because they are disgruntled with another institution . The good news is that if you do the work you will pass. I was let go for expecting students to be able to write a sentence or paragraph at a level that would be acceptable in middle schools.

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Stolen Post 911 GI Bill
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Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2015
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This school claims it offers a flexible schedule for the working student. In fact, it doesn't. I am a retired military veteran. This school goes hard after the military, because of the Post-911 GI Bill. The instructors do not operate from the same set of criteria. Some may give you partial credit if you're late with an assignment. Others will fail you if you submit your assignment at 12:01. It was my experience that most of the instructors do not answer your emails, or will answer them too late. If your internet goes down, you may as well consider yourself failed for the week if your work hours do not afford you the opportunity to go to the library during their hours of operation. The reading assignments on some of the courses are pretty long. If the class starts on Tuesday, you're expected to retain what you read in multiple chapters, and then complete 2 assignments and two Discussion Boards, using and citing multiple scholarly sources by Thursday. Then you take the test by Sunday. If you have a paper to write, then you have to research your sources, and go through the process of putting it all together. How can you prepare a draft final paper on your second week of a course, when the final paper covers the entire textbook? Ashford Online could probably work for somebody who has nothing to do but go to school. In that case, I suggest going to a brick and mortar school with live instructors that TEACH. Otherwise, you are teaching yourself if you use Ashford Online.

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Kat - 21 days ago

You did an excellent job of summing up my experience with Ashford University. I understand they have a curriculum to follow, however, on Tuesday (Day 1), to assign three chapters to read, at LEAST two required reading journal articles, and possibly watch a video or two (at least 30 minutes each), and to complete 2 Discussion Boards and assignments by Thursday (Day 3) is a bit much. I would think that they could "spread the assignments out" throughout the week. Doing all of this while working 50+ hours/week at my job (and I am not able to do homework at my place of employment), do the instructors think that we just sit around doing nothing during the day?!?!?

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I attended Ashford for 7 years and never ran into any real problems. I have had advisors that would change my classes as I needed to so I could receive my Associates from CCAF first. I've heard several stories about pushy recruiters but I only dealt with one in that entire time frame and my advice on that is that you are a grown up so you don't have to let anyone push you into doing anything you're not sure about. I do not need much instruction but when I did need it the professors were there. I did have one professor that I never heard from but for the most part everyone did their job exceptional.

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Degree: Marketing, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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Ashford provided me with the opportunity to earn my degree while working a full time job, owning a business, and raising a family. This opportunity benefited me in so many ways beyond simply sharpening my job skills. Ashford gave me all the tools I needed to learn about business, marketing, government, ethics, logic, and a host of other topics. Classes provide a structure that motivated and intelligent students can follow to great success. I graduated with a high GPA and was happy to put the work in to achieve it. If you are trying to simply "get through" classes and be handed a diploma, this is not the place for you. If you lead a busy life but are willing to carve out the necessary time each week to earn an education, Ashford can make it possible. Classes are accelerated and cover a lot of ground but that is perfect for busy adults that are willing to put in the work. I just finished three years of one class right after another and while it took a lot of time and effort, it also provided me with the quickest path to a degree, which is exactly what I was looking for.

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