Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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I WENT TO CTU ONLINE FOR MY ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING. I WAS TOLD AT THE BEGINNING THAT I WOULD HAVE EVERYTHING THAT I NEEDED WHEN I WAS DONE TO GET A GOOD JOB, INCLUDING BEING CERTIFIED IN ICD-9 AND CPT. WELL GUESS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I GOT TO THE END OF MY CLASSES???? THERE WAS NO CERTIFICATION FOR ICD-9 AND CPT. YOU HAVE TO DO THAT ON YOUR OWN AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE. I GRADUATED WITH A 3.9 GPA, THE ONLY THING THAT I WAS LACKING WAS MY CERTIFICATES AND MY DEGREE.
I HAD ALL OF MY LOANS COVERED EXCEPT FOR $2800 AND THEY WON'T GIVE ME MY DEGREE UNTIL THAT IS PAID OFF. I AM PAYING $20,000 BACK FOR THE FEDERAL LOANS THAT I HAVE PLUS MY OTHER BILLS. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF A SCHOOL NOT GIVING YOU YOUR DEGREE UNTIL THE LOAN HAS BEEN PAID OFF. IT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE IT'S NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT IS WRITTEN ON. THEY CAN KEEP IT. FOR THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT THINK THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SCHOOL, THEN PLEASE TELL ME WHY THEY ARE CANCELLING HALF OF THEIR CLASSES AND AREN'T TAKING STUDENTS IN MOST OF THE OTHER CLASSES??? THIS SCHOOL SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN. I AM OUT OVER $20,000 AND HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. CTU ONLINE RUINED MY TRUST IN ALL SCHOOLS. DON'T BE A FOOL, GO ELSEWHERE AND READ THE REVIEWS FIRST.
Terrible student services at this place. With online classes it is critical that there be standardization about requirements. Class participation cannot be changed at a whim by an instructor. I took a class and we had a certain requirement to participate. I took the same class with another person who wanted twice that just for an average grade.
When I called in to complain, basically the student services people said, "oh well." I withdrew, went to Keller and am in my last class of a master's degree program (which is the same degree I had planned to get at CTU). What is utterly hilarious is that they continue to send me emails inviting me back to CTU. Absolutely not.
This school is a joke! I got into it because the GI Bill goes through them. I have been in school since late Jan 12' and since then they have drained my FA over $12,000 not including the loans and GI Bill!!!
Do not attempt to go to this school. I spoke with them about transferring out and they want more money from me!!! The classes are nothing but a HUGE joke. I warn you DO NOT COME TO THIS SCHOOL if you are in deed looking for an education look else where. They will DRAIN you and you will NOT learn anything.
I started CTU in July of 2011 to get my associates in Science and healthcare administration. I was supposed to graduate in November of 2012.
I ASSURE YOU I AM NOT COMPLAINING BECAUSE I COULDN'T DO THE WORK AND FAILED. I AM COMPLAINING BECAUSE THIS SCHOOL IS A RIP-OFF!
I didn't like the structure of the school. That wasn't that much interaction. So i looked into phoenix.
The next day.. I received an email and a phone call stating that the price of the books increased and so did the credit hours and in order to continue school I had to pay $1,000+ to continue!
CTU DRAINED MY FINANCIAL AID FOR THE YEAR! NOT JUST THE SEMESTER! So, I couldn't transfer!
So, I got screwed until I could renew my fafsa. I am now choosing a Doctorate Degree at a different school.
BUT I HAVE TO PAY CTU FIRST! OVER 6 GRAND! Please don't get sucked into this school. It ruined my life.
I enrolled into CTU Online in October 2009. From October 2009 until May 2012, I attended CTU Online. CTU allowed me to transfer credits received during my Marine Corps tenure and after that time.
Colorado Technical University is a very time and research demanding school. The instructors are well respected in their fields. This is a great school. I received my Associates and Bachelors Degrees from CTU and would pursue a Masters but am currently unemployed.
I am getting calls from employers; however, and I give a great deal of credit to CTU and the BSBA in Project Management for the inquiries.
I have read many reviews so far and have to say about 60% were useful and right on point with good Intel/info. I won’t focus too much on the curriculum and/or degree, because I feel an education is what you 'put in it' that matters in the end. With a 3.96 GPA and a 'running log' of thousands of hours, I can say that I put in my work, for my degree.
Here is my issue with CTU: What I am going to share with you 'is fact', not opinion. This is directly from my 'Higher One Account', as well as my 'CTU Online Account Tab'. Also, some info from the financial aid tab as well.
First off, I began attending CTU in August of 2011, in which I am still a current student. I have been taking 2 classes per session every session. That is 2 courses in 5 and 1/2 weeks, or 16 credits every 11 weeks (a quarter). The reason for this was that I wanted to complete my A.S. degree in 18 months, not the traditional 24 months at a ground campus.
I have been told 'that I' have exceeded my financial aid amount for the academic year; I hit the ceiling I was told....Because of this, I am 'being forced' to take only 1 class for 2 sessions, or I have to pay an 'out of pocket expense' I was told (by financial aid supervisor). Here is my question: Where is all the money from 'Pell Grants', 'Subsidized Loans', 'Unsubsidized Loans', and 'Scholarships' going to?......
My tuition bill every 11 weeks (or quarter) is $4,880. When the math is computing by dividing 16 (number of credits I take in a quarter), you are left with $305 per credit hour....Don’t worry, Kaplan University is $371 per credit hour.
Anyways, that is not the point I want you to see, but it is this: Out of 'ALL' student funding received by the government, how much did I actually receive in a 'Stipend/Refund' amount, on my Higher One debit card?Here are the final figures (request copies if you need further proof): 1. Oct. 17, 2011: $1,622.00 2. April. 27, 2012: $956.00 3. May. 01, 2012: $1,850.00 We are now in 08/04/12, and this is 'ALL' I have received in the form of 'Stipend/Refund' from CTU Online. When we add up the 3 figures, we get a grand total of $4,428.00 that I have received, since 'I started' going to CTU Online (Mid August 2011). The exact date I started was 08/14/12 (on CTU Online Academics Tab). In 10 days, it will be a full year that I have attended CTU Online (365 days, 12 months, or 48 weeks).
I was interested to know, what was the 'breakdown' of this amount per week, so I ran the numbers? Here is what I found: 1. $369.00 per month 2. $092.25 per week I was told by the 'Supervisor of Financial Aide' that a student is not supposed to be using their stipends 'for large bills'. This was in reference to rent, electric, food, etc. My questions are: How else is a person to survive? Am I to find 'a full time job' while also being a 'full time student'? There is one problem with that though, and that is when you apply for financial aid, you are required to list your job and what you make. The purpose of this is 'to lower your financial aide' or deny altogether. Taxes are recorded, and your social is used as well. Not only that, but a 'student' is denied 'food stamps', because they receive financial aid. They must assume all students are sitting 'fat on the hog', but as 'anyone can see' this is just not the case.
I am facing 'eviction', because I moved into an apartment with the little bit of money that CTU Online gave me, and I am unable to keep up with the payments. This is not right to do to a 'full time student', and then force him 'to take fewer classes'! Who does that to people?
I would like to know, 'Where is my money'? Students at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) receive 5 or 6 grand a semester, as well as Florida State University and FAMU University receive more than I do, and they (except TCC) are better schools than CTU Online. This is robbery on a large scale, especially when 'my grades' are far superior to 95% of any student in the world! I was told that academics have nothing to do with financial aid, but I disagree. What would be the point to stay in school (and be poor and struggling) with high marks, but receive no 'incentives' to keep 'focus' on school? I ask that, because my current focus is on the rent and bills, because I may be homeless pretty soon!
My final words are that CTU Online has got 'It twisted', if they think that this behavior is 'ETHICAL'. This is pure evil in my opinion. I hope and pray that CTU Online does a better job in the future, taking care of their students, or their might come a day CTU Online may not have any students. I will continue to spread the message! Sincerely, Unsatisfied!
I have been attending this university for two years now and can honestly say the university provides a quality education that is just as good or better than as a brick and mortar university. I attended Rutgers University and can compare the quality of education that they both provide.
If you are thinking online education is easier, you will be mistaken. CTU online curriculum is quite challenging, but the online resources that CTU provides and its award winning interactive learning environment is awesome. I highly recommend CTU, especially for the working adult or members of the armed forces, excellent university!!
I started at CTU in 2009 with a degree plan of an AA in Business Administration. I decided to switch degrees later on which was a smooth transition within student services. I love the fact you are not required to take the fast track of 2 classes per session as I work 40 hours a week. The majority of my instructors have been great but I've a few that I feel didn't cover the curriculum well enough. Depending on your degree area will dedicate the amount of time you need to set aside each week for class.
I'm currently 3/4 of the way with my BS in Accounting and the labs that go along with some of the classes are the same type of hands on work you would experience in a traditional classroom setting. The titution rate is high for classes so if you can take general classes at a community college save yourself the money there.
I have been atending CTU Online since Jan. 2012 I find it to be a great school for learning at your own pace.I have done school in the past and at 52 really already have the knowledge of the degree but dont have the degree. I could right a lot more but I won"t however if you are willing to work you will learn and EARN your degree at CTU.
I have been a student of CTU-Online since January 2011 and I am proud to state that I will be graduating with honors next week. Prior to enrolling with CTU I read countless reviews and found the same opinions that I do today. Many are pleased with their experience and others are furious that they had a poor experience. While apprehensive, I worked hard to ensure that I researched the school, asked questions if I had them and contacted faculty and staff I was unsure about the information.
I transferred into CTU with an Associate’s degree from a local community college and the experience went amazingly well. I was pleased to have my credits transfer, saving me time and money retaking courses. The enrollment counselors were friendly and informative, although I would add they were encouraging me to enroll-but that is there job.
Not having the ability to pay for the courses outright, I needed to utilize student loans. The process was explained to me and when I had questions while going through the paperwork- which were provided to me, I wasn’t just “signed up” for loans, my questions were answered promptly.
The course work was at times frustrating, with the correlation between the assignment’s and the underlying lessons being a bit unclear; but again this is nothing new to anyone that has graduated public schools. The instructors seemed to swing back and forth, some times they were phenomenal, others not so much. For a few courses I had professors that were working on their Doctorate and if I completed an assignment and was close- I received a high grade. Other instructors seemed to take things in their own direction and graded very harshly and lacked solid feedback for the grading. One thing that did frustrate me are the few “rogue” instructors that feel that they are going to change CTU’s process and teach the class how they feel it should be- causing for a bit of tension in the course and frustration with the students.
Yes tuition rose during my time here. Most schools tuition does rise incrementally and CTU was certainly not exception. Was the cost comparable to the education, at times yes and times no. With any school you are paying for the name and CTU’s cost’s seemed to rise as their popularity did. When I saw commercials on major tv channel’s I knew the cost’s would go up. I was however provided a notice that the cost’s were rising and was never caught off guard.
The live chats can be a great tool, if you use them. For me they were not, I rarely listened to them as I found that few of the professors utilized the time well. This is a tremendous resource however if you are struggling. During one math course I was having trouble and I was able to review the live chats repeatedly until I gained thorough comprehension over the subjects. Speaking honestly, the books were only used part of the time as well. If you are good at online research, you won’t need them 100% of the time.
The course work includes a TON of paper’s and I mean a lot. I didn’t mind this as I felt it was better to write about the topic rather than take a test. Some people do well, others not so much. Overall, the experience is what I made of it. Was it hard, yes. Did I have to work hard, yes. Were there times it was easy, of course. This program is like anything in life, if you work hard you will see positive results. Best of luck!!