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Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT attend Ashford University!! They are unprofessional, unresponsive, and are not in the business of assisting students. I was a student and recently received a call from a collection agency that my account was sent to them. I WAS LIVID!! I called the finance department and she verified that someone had reached out to me on April 6 and that I explained to them that I was waiting on my employer to know what portion I was going to be responsible for. Next thing I know I'm getting a call from a collection agency. The woman from the finance department then transferred me to the recovery department and he explained that he could only see that the last communication was in March and that my account was placed in a "follow up" status. I said but there was no follow up, this man had the nerve to say "well it's not a real status, its a protection." I said so you mean to tell me if something is in follow up status you don't really mean to actually follow up on it???? He said "No". I said imagine if a lawyers office or a doctors office or any office for that matter said you were in follow up status but never follows up or actually meant to follow up!!! I also informed that a previous matter with a grade that I received was supposed to be looked into but never followed up. (Well I guess follow up doesn't really mean follow up at Ashford.) I called another number and they informed me that they didn't know who the president or vice presdident of the organization was and therefore couldn't transfer me. (ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? WHO DOESN'T KNOW THE NAME OF THEIR ORGANIZATION'S PRESIDENT???) I just want to pay my bill and be done with them. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY! THERE ARE OTHER AND FAR BETTER ONLINE INSTITUTIONS! Especially one that has a physical office you can go to.
Ashford University has been the worst thing that has happened in my life. Started attending Ashford back in 2016 in hopes to obtain a bachelors degree in Early Childhood ED. The tuition, technology fees and digital materials kept going up every few months. The classes were not very educational as all that was required from the teachers was to write essays and more essays. Anyway, one day(3 yrs later) I receive a call from the bs school stating that I owed $7,242 WHAT!!!! WHY??? They apologized and said that there was an error that went undetected up until the 3rd academic year. First, they said I had maxed out of federal student loans and that I used all the financial aid available. WHAT!!!!! that was a lie. After catching them in the lie I demanded proof of every single charge. Every ledger letter is different and full of it. I noticed they were charging me for 2 classes I never took and in every other class, they were and still are charging twice for technology fees and digital material. Some courses have a double tuition fee. As of today 4/19/19, I am done talking to them and will do anything in my power to expose this school and get justice. DO NOT ATTEND ASHFORD!!! I know we all want a better future and want the best for our family but Ashford will only take advantage of your dreams. They don't care about your education, they only want your money.
Run far away. Instructors here do no help. Financial aid DOES NOT REPLY. If you have a personal or medical situation, you are not allowed to make up work, complete zero/F or you should withdraw (which you still end up paying for). It takes over more than the regular 4 years to finish your degree. This school is all about teach yourself. Some teachers here are very encouraging and nice. Hence some, but most, nope, they are the opposite. If you graduate you are a small percentage. Most people who attend this school do not graduate because of the expense, time it takes, lack of consideration, on and on and on. Take your money elsewhere. The positive reviews were probably created by paid people or robots.
Excellent professors. I thought the curriculum was a bit rigorous. However, after graduating and moving forward to attend a state school for a master's degree, I felt as though I was way ahead of the other students. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone, but would caution them that you need to be a responsible and detail orientated individual.
My experience here as an Ashford student has been nothing but positive from day one. DO NOT believe most of the negative reviews. A lot of the issues that former students are eluding to are self inflicted. The problem with Ashford is that they give any qualified student a chance to earn their degree when clearly they are not mentally prepared to comprehend the course material, follow instructions assignments, are financially illiterate, or are allergic to answering their phones and responding back in a timely fashion when they are contacted. You ask how i know this, easy, I worked there while I was finishing my masters program. The problem with first time college students is that they believe that earning your degree online is easier than attending a traditional school. When it reality no matter what route you decide to obtain your degree, that it us up to the student to be resourceful on leaning on their instructors for support, using the tutoring services, or properly communicating with advisors that are part of their support team. The experience that you want to have as an Ashford student is up to the individual and no one else. PERIOD!
Overall, I had a pretty good experience with Ashford University. I was initially uncomfortable with the courses being year round. As I got into the hang of things, everything became smooth sailing. My advisor was always willing to help and would call me if I missed an assignment or discussion to check in with me. It became apart of my lifestyle rather than taking over my life. I was able to take care of my children and work full time while completing this degree program. If you are someone comfortable with an online setup, then I suggest this program for you. It does require commitment, like any degree program. However, I appreciate how the university keeps in mind that its students are juggling multiple things at once.
My masters experience was awesome. The exposure to scholar/practitioner world through my MBA program has opened my eyes to many opportunities I never thought were possible. That, you can contribute to the society at multiple directions while earning income from various sources. The education was very engaging and allowed high connectivity with other learners and instructors. Indeed, Ashford for me was an online experience with human touch.
I was very dissatisfied with my Ashford experience it seems as though Ashford interested in making money only there communication is horrible and if you need assistance with anything at all don't expect any help from them all they will do is take your money that's it.
While the instruction was very good, we were not told we needed to secure our own internship to get a job with that degree. Since the onsite campus in Clinton, Iowa closed, I have tutored several students via the online company who bought the name "Ashford University." It is not the same school, and I can't recommend the current inception. The 'textbooks' are clearly the Master's thesis that some board member's son or daughter wrote for their Capstone; they are not actual textbooks. Save your money; make sure you choose a school that has a physical campus.
Went for a year an a half. Had many courses retaken after getting a passing grade. When i left i was told that the loans and grant money was going to be returned to lenders. It never was. I then recieved notice that i owed an additional $1000 on a course i never took. Now im in debt to my ears.