Ashworth College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (241)
I was attracted to Ashworth online "Basic Accounting" course due to its affordable rate and ability to make monthly payments. The text is good except for a number of typos which led me to open the pandora's box so to speak. The only nice person that I have spoken to is the one who sold me the course. She said everything I want to hear and be inspired. Once I started my studying, I came across multiple issues that I need to call and get help, that's when I start to see their system is so confusing, I got frustrated calling, waiting for a return call, and tried emailing tutors, it has not improved any bit. I received a couple of replies that are blanks, and the rest just didn't address my question instead sent me their nicely scripted correspondence form. Their staff is ill-trained, unfriendly, feisty, rude, and good only with lip service. I will definitely not recommend Ashworth to my friends. I'm one exam to go, and all excited to leave the program not because I'm proud of it.
For me this was the way to earn my degree. I hated driving to classes after working all day. At first I was very concerned about attending Ashworth due to the negative comments I saw on the web about customer service or that its a scam. But I figured I would give it a try as I have started and quit 3 different times. Signing up took a bit that that was expected. I took advantage of the chance to test out of some of the classes in order to save money and time. This took a bit to get going but it did work out great for me. I was able to test out of 7 classes which saved me a lot of time and money in the end. Some of the classes were very easy for me and others took me back to studying once again. I did have to contact the school but it was due to my own issues and there policies. I never once had a negative contact with their customer service. If I felt I was right I would explain why and to my surprise they listened and ended up siding with me. I have not used my degree to move up in my career but I have moved on in my career and I do believe having this degree helped me and gave me one more item that others did not have. You get what you put into Ashworth I believe. If you want A's then you must do the work to get them. If you want to just get by and earn your degree at your own pace and your own environment then that path is there as well. The best part for me is that when I could no longer afford to pay upfront for each term I was able to finance my education with Ashworth with no interest. Granted you have to pay this loan before you receive your degree but you are listed as completed until your loan is paid in full. I wish I would have done this 20 years ago but of course this was not around then.
I began this degree program in 05/2008 and I finished 01/2010 but didn't receive the degree until 05/2014 when I was able to pay it off. That is an awfully long time to wait. It was a little awkward explaining to potential employers that I finished the program but the school was holding the degree but they were mostly understanding. That was my biggest gripe with the school. I'm about to finish my Bachelors program this year and this time I'm going to pay everything up front so they'll send the rest of my class materials and later my BSBA a.s.a.p. The school is best for those who prefer self paced independent study and for those who travel or work a lot. Occasionally there were some books on back order that I had to wait weeks for and some of the people who answer the 800 number seem like they don't care but all things considered it's an adequate school that fit my needs more than a traditional "brick and mortar" college.
I injured myself at work, and always did grunt work. I had to watch my kids, so my wife could take over and work for income. I love the studying and exams, I read the chapter assigned,highlighting, then take my exam, approximately this takes 4 hours. I have learned allot. My brother attends MATC in WI, my friend does online through Liberty.edu. When I talk with them on subjects that they both were involved with, it seemed as my brother learned all the same material as I, my friend on the other hand seemed mainly clueless by my discussions, maybe he searched for the answers online? What I am saying is, Ashworth is a very educational study/learning system, you can do lots of extra exercises that do not get graded, I have done some, but am in a hurry, so I will do the many others when I need to refresh my memory on all the topics I learned. I also save all my study material, which is assignments meant for you to do to make the exams easier for you, but not a requirement. It's all in what you put into it, and I will finish all ungraded material and put it in my work portfolio to show employers that I did go above and beyond, to show I actively try to know all I can in order to meet or exceed their expectations. My only downfalls with Ashworth are towards the end of the courses, they combine 2 to 3 exams in one, thats hard, but it teaches you to use your time wisely. The other downfall, I had 4 exams that I had a correct answer marked wrong, but it was correct, but they did fix it right away to give me the credit. (Another lesson learned, always check your answers if marked wrong). Private security, Private investigation, Intro to psychology (6 months and 80% complete @ 4-6 hrs/day, no weekends)
Let me start off by saying--- I am not sure about the overall credibility of Ashworth's degree programs. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in finance from an accredited university, however, I am entering the healthcare field, and I solely registered for the Medical Transcription program to gain some knowledge in Medical Terminology, and just gain some sort of experience in the field. Well, I began the program end of November, and I have been at a halt since then because they have not provided study materials. In this program, you are supposed to receive the first Medical Terminology/ Body Composition book (which is just a bunch of pages in a spiral notebook, which I did receive), an actual textbook, and a foot stepper. I have received three emails from the school advising me that they did not have the supplies available to ship out. There is no status as to when they expect the supplies to become available. This has been ongoing for almost two months. I find this to be very unprofessional. The school should not allow a student to register and pay for a class without having the proper materials available to send to the student, especially in a solely online environment. I am now 41% complete in the program, and I am not sure if I will ever complete as I have very little faith in their process. If you are looking for a degree program for the sake of having a degree, go for it! Just don't hold your breath while waiting for study material!
Alright, so here's the bottom line; if you want to further your career and education, it's a good school. No, it is not a top notch University. Obviously that's not what you're looking for, or you wouldn't be reading this. Am I right? It's so cheap, you don't even need financial aid. I hear people complain about not getting their diploma until the school is paid for? Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Other colleges require full payment before starting the semester. Ashworth does not. If you want to pay off Ashworth so you can receive your diploma, get a school loan from the bank and pay the off! lol. Myself, I'm doing this school to further my education in my career, so it's perfect for me. I work so much, I don't have time to physically be in school. Plus, I travel constantly. Not getting books in the mail for every class? So what, that's perfect for me, considering I'm always on the road and wouldn't be able to receive them anyways. I checked into a bunch of schools before choosing this one. I did my research and I am satisfied. How can people say they don't learn anything with this school? Obviously, you're not trying. Really, you can google search every lesson for every course? hahaha that sounds extremely miserable and a waste of time. Yeah sure, you get what you pay for. What's new? It either works for you, or it doesn't. It works for me. ;)
I am confused on how people say this is a horrible school. Teachers do communicate (every time I received a grade UNDER a C, I would get an email concerning my grades), I communicated to other students by the magical thing called a student portal BY CLICKING THE STUDENT PORTAL button, I received all rules through the other magical link called the student handbook. Yes, payment options are stretched, yes teachers do not jump on the a train to shove instructions down your throat, and yes, sometimes people in the help department are rude, I have gotten a few before, but mainly nice ones, but that is part of EVERY college. Ashworth is the third college I've attended *(the other two were physical classes -University of Florida and University of Alabama) with different degrees in all three. I just enjoy learning, but with my careers taking off, I went online. The school is incredible. If you check your emails, teachers do try and communicate with students and if you send them an email, you get a response quick, and assignments are due on your OWN TERMS, NOT in ten days! Ashworth is amazing and a wonderful place to learn. I would not mind taking a few more courses with them for another associates. I LOVE to learn! And it being online, some things will be different guys. Stop using your own irresponsibility to complain about others.
The courses are ridiculously hard due in part that the content does not make any damn sense. From every logical reasoning level. What you think could never be the answer actually is. If you fail something you really are not properly informed you will sit wondering why your cousre did not change when it was something in the wings you did not know you have to repeat. They send you to collections in a heartbeat and exaggerate the prices if you open one course and is unfinished you owe for the whole term which i was recently informed by the FTC is illegal to do so. If you chose a degree program then change your mind you must pay $50.00 and worst if you want to change from a bachelors to an associates that is not allowed and they don't advise you up front. It is exciting to go ahead though on your own time and do the classwork from anywhere. I really like the school except for those areas of opportunities i mentioned. If they fix that it would be phenominal. I have a couple classes left and several law schools accept the degree.
I love this college I have taken my online exams and passed with flying colors I would highly recommend this school. 6 months worth of studying and taking my exams has me working better a job and now have friends also joining this college. These reviews adout people saying its a scam a rip off etc. Do not know what they are talking about. To me it seems like they didn't like something about the college and decided to take it out on the college. Don't listen to them. I'd give this college 4.5 stars.
During my initial conversation with the woman at Ashworth Collage should have been a red flag. I was excited about going back to school, and recently widowed with an eleven-year old son, left me vulnerable and naive. She seemed skillfully trained in persuasion, dodging questions, and stretching the truth. 1. She assured me the credits I earned from a community college would transfer, never happened. 2. Assured me the credits from Ashworth would transfer to most reputable colleges and universities, not true. 3. She told me I could opt out of Ashworth if I did not like it, and only pay for courses completed. Again, I came to find out this is not true. 4. I was told I could cancel classes within five days and get a full refund; however, there is nothing to really cancel after just five days, you never receive books, start classes, nothing, how is this helpful? 6. She failed to tell me that you never receive your degree until you have paid every penny owed to the collage. It never crossed my mind since everyone gets their degree then pays off their education loans. According to the wonderful payment plan she set me up with, I would get my bachelor’s degree in ten years! How is this a good thing? Remember, I had nothing to read, no school rules, nothing, just this woman’s word to go on. I did quickly check out their website, but opted to call and get the full details. I began my course work at Ashworth College, and quickly found out why the books were included in the tuition because there was none. I went through my first course, second, third, fourth, still no books, just lecture notes. Finally, I hit my fifth course and was elated to see I was finally going to get a real book to study. Well, I waited and waited, the book was on backorder, three weeks later still waiting. I call them and get nowhere, “it will be shipped as soon as we get it.” This college has no instructors. You read lecture notes, from who knows whom, do the work, and several different people grade the work for the same course, not one instructor. Again, extremely cheap tuition because you never have an instructor. I could have learned just as much doing free google searches. Absolutely no communication. Not once did I get a call to see how I was doing, never got anything in the mail welcoming me as a student, never an email checking my progress. There was nothing! I would not have known I was even a student at this college if I did not see courses were open. I had enough. This was not a collage, I was not learning much and it was unorganized. I began looking for a reputable good college or university to attend. I checked out several, and to my dismay, they nearly laughed when I asked if I could use my credits earned thus far from Ashworth. Credits were useless; I wasted my time and my money. To add salt to injury, when I called Ashworth to cancel my attendance, they informed me I would have to pay for the entire semester, even the courses I did not take yet, and that I owned the entire balance, which was 1,200, TODAY. She went on to tell me that if I did not pay it today, I had five days to pay, and if I did not pay in that time, they would turn it into a collection agency. I was shocked. I feel scammed and stupid. Worthless credits, wasted money I do not have, and wasted time. I can blame myself for not being more careful, but as I said, I had no paper work to look over. I never received documents from this school; there was nothing to go on except what this woman told me on the phone. I am guilty of being trustworthy, and stupid. PLEASE reconsider if you are thinking of attending this school. You really do get what you pay for.