The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (80)
This place is the best at exploiting your desire to go to college and become a better person. I enrolled believing everything positive I was hearing from the counselors, while also trying not to worry much about the cost since the financial aid people made it sound like this would be a loan I could totally manage and afford once I graduated; and now I regret this choice. A couple of months into the program, I realized most teachers were not qualified and most clases felt improvised, there were instances were teachers were actually learning along with the students and showed no experience at all on the software that was being taught. My bachelors degree in Graphic Design ended up costing me over $100k! this makes no sense since I applied for financial aid every year, was an A+ student, and took my educations serious.
Over 100K of debt with a job that pays less than 25K a year is really tough and it's thousands of us in the same situation. Don't waste your time, it's all over that is a scam and sued for 11 billion for FRAUD! google it, I regret this decision forever and it ruins many people lives. Don't do the same.
This place is a joke! Made me feel like I was the stupid one. so glad I have decided to go else where. Don't waste your money, not worth it at all. IT'S JUST A REALLY OVER PRICE TRAINING SCHOOL. Wish I would have never came here. drowned in loans and having to start from zero, Nothing transfers.
This school has so far done nothing but ruin my life! I attended here for only a month before the headache started! When I enrolled I signed a contract saying I would pay $155 out of pocket each month for what my student loans didn't cover with along with rent, food and all my other expenses was very reasonable ... A month into classes I was called to the office and was told I needed to bumb my payments up to $255 a month and they had some bullshit reason as to why, and me being a dumb 19 year old I signed and agreed. Maybe 2 months after that the same thing happens and was assured this would not go past $300. By the time I got a year into school they were trying to charge me $1,500 OUT OF POCKET. When I reached out to try and get help they told me "get a second job" no compassion what so ever. I was a dedicated student with great grades, always attended class, and worked my ass off. I worked just about every minuet I wasn't in class to be able to try and afford school and that still wasn't enough! This school has unreal financial expections of students and doesn't give a shit about helping you find help all you are is a paycheck to them! I have had MANY friends have a very similar situation, and have actually talked to complete strangers who attended and were forced to dropped out because of the same ridiculous sudden price increase. I wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy! Now that I am out of school because I couldn't afford $1500 a month they call me daily harassing me telling me they are going to turn me over to collections and destroy my credit and so on. This went from being my biggest dream to my worst nightmare and it isn't even close to over. Unless you have parents that are loaded or can afford that much every single month just for school DO NOT GO HERE! SAVE YOURSELF THE HEART BREAK AND THE HEAD ACHE!
I attended this school back in the day. They sell you a promise of a well paying career in culinary arts. You'll make more than enough money to pay off that loan from Sallie Mae they love to push. That was a lie. After graduating I would be hired making barely enough to make ends meet. This is common, very very very few of us from our class make a decent living if we stuck with culinary arts. I actually earned less than my neighbor who worked at McDonald's at the time. The degree is incredibly overpriced, go to a community college and learn for a fifth of the price. Seriously, DO NOT waste your money. I struggled for years, I felt like a failure. Also, if you lapse on your loan payment, Sallie Mae calls your about three times a day. I eventually enrolled in a 4 year state college(which was STILL MUCH CHEAPER). I make a great living writing software. Also, those classes you take at AI? Only 30% of them transferred. AIH was a HUGE mistake. I'm still paying the loan($400 a month), I have a degree I don't use professionally and I'm ashamed to admit I have.
120k in debt to SallieMae now Navient. 6 years since I graduated and no job. Before I attended they told me I would get a job with start pay at 30k with an Associates Degree and 35-40k with a Bachelors. So I went for Bachelors program and when I graduated the first and only job I was hired for stared at $15hr which was gona be 30k. A month later I was terminated, no Graphic Design job since then. They are a scam nothing but false advertisement.
They make you feel very welcome. When I first spoke to them at an open house, they seemed really excited at the idea of me applying to them, and I did. I was accepted very quickly, they didn't look at my portfolio or my transcripts, and I hadn't even gotten out of the initial interview with them before the admissions rep told me I was in. Well, fast forward a year. I took a leave of absence after the first semester, because the quarterly fees were bleeding me dry ($600 dollars every two/three months, on top of having to spend about $200 on supplies for several classes,) and I had other health reasons to focus on. It's been six months since then, and when I tried to get a forbearance on my loans to give me more time, they told me they couldn't. One semester, and I have about $16k in student debt. 9/10 times, the instructors don't give a shit about you. I had one instructor fail me because he didn't grade my final. I've dropped classes because the instructor refused to help me. It is a glorified business school with an outrageous price tag that "specializes" in art. Do not go here. Please, do not give these greedy bastards anymore money. If it wasn't so expensive, more specialized, and hired teachers that actually worked in the fields they were teaching, it wouldn't be half bad.
The classes and instructors are excellent and they really care about your success. But the price is ridiculous. Don't spent 90,000 getting a BA unless someone else is paying for it (VA, employer, etc). Art degrees generally don't pay very much so it's a bad investment. The only reason I'm going to this school is because I'm getting VA Voc Rehab and they are paying for 100% of it, including books. But I will admit, I LOVE the classes, they are very good and fun. There aren't any filler classes and the quality of education is far superior to that of other online universities. If you don't have outside funding, find another school or do an apprenticeship program, you'll be a slave to the student loan debt for far too long. College is a scam to create more debt slaves
I thought this school was great when I started but after leaving I realized what a scam they are. I only attended one quarter and had to leave for medical reasons. My first quarter was only $3000 but they tried to charger me another $9000 for a second quarter that I did not attend. After a month of pestering them to drop my second quarter charges I found out two of my grants were not accepted. They didn't inform me of this until after my loans wer ccanceled so I'm not stuck paying out of pocket to them AND my loan company. One grant was not accepted due to the fact that they did not finish filing the paperwork. I enjoyed my professors as people but as teachers they simply used YouTube tutorials for many lessons which I could find without paying $300 per credit hour to watch. Now that I'm not attending AI they call me atleast once a week to try to get me to come back and I have also realized the credits I earned are not transferable to any school. Whenever I first applied I was told that the credits were able to be transferred among other things that were untrue. I enjoyed being able to do what I loved and learn more about it but if I knew it was going to cause me this much trouble after leaving I would have never went.
My experience at this school was not pleasent. I had a lot of conflict with the financial department, limited access to equipment that is required to get class assignments done, not to mention the bad condition to the beat up library books. Instructors who teach there is the only good thing about this school.