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Well I started in may 19th,2015. was suppose to graduate in 2019. It started out well and I loved the University, the teachers where cool. Then in Jan 2016 it all changed. I didn't get but 1 financial aid check. now I owe 6 grand. rip off school. don't go.
I was enrolled at Ashford about 3 years ago. I enjoyed my experience up until the day I had to have emergency surgery. They decided to drop me from my class and then proceeded to charge me about $2000, to reenroll me in it without my permission. I had a hard time at this point with pain medication and always being tired. I had three kids on top of school and managed to get all b's in my classes up to this point. Now that i am ready to reenter school and have found one that will work for me they have decided to hold onto my transcript and make it so that i can not used the credits i earned from them. I never asked to be dropped then re-enrolled. and when i talked to them about it they acted like they understood. They are a rip off and i am working to get their accreditation taken away from them.
I attended Ashford in 2012-2013 for my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education after speaking with a entrance counselor that assured me I would be able to become a Elementary school teacher in the state of Georgia after completing their program. After attending a year I learned from other teachers and contacting the GASPC that even upon completion I would not be able to become a teacher as it is not an Approved program in Georgia and therefore I could not sit for the GACE exam. Here I was taking out thousands of dollars in loans to earn a bachelors degree that I could not even use.Upon learning this I withdrew from the school. Why take out more debt for an education that is useless? They then said I owe $1200. They will not release my transcripts so I can go to a legit college unless I pay up. I have 66 useless credits and over $30,000 in debt because of this bogus school! I am not the only person that has been a victim to this. Several lawsuits have been made against the school with the last being announced in November of 2017 by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Ashford University is defrauding students making them go thousands of dollars in debt promising them an education they cannot use and no ability to repay because you cannot gain employment with the degree/piece of paper received. Their admission counselors are nothing more than sales agent targeting low income and military.
Do not go here. This school is a scam. At first, Ashford seemed amazing. My request for more information about a bachelor's program was met within 10 minutes of an academic advisor's call. We immediately started the application process and things were going smoothly- my transcript was received and everything was in check. Then, Eric (my advisor) said classes were $1635- NOT INCLUDING BOOKS. For an online degree and 3 credit courses, that seemed like a stiff price. Then it gets worse. I asked if we could schedule another phone call for later in the week after I had time to think things over. We spoke again and I was hesitant after reading reviews of this school being a scam, so I asked if we could schedule a call for another day. I missed a call from him the next day and he left a voicemail saying he was able to get me preliminary access to a course to try things out- which seemed great. He called me 10 times in one day, 12 in another, and then the admissions department and financial department began calling me. At this point I found it amusing- my phone rang 27 times in a matter of two days and I had 11 voicemails from them. They were desperate to reach me, which seemed fishy. They began saying that I needed to provide a payment option to pay for the course which I didn't ask for nor even opened. After this, I received an email from my advisor, Eric, expressing his disappointment in me and that he "is at a loss for words and doesn't know what to say". Following that with: he "worked day and night and tried so hard to fulfill my needs" which is complete bullshit. This unprofessional school is a joke that wants your money. Don't fall for it!
This school is negative 5 in my book. I am currently enrolled in their International Business Program. It is a joke. My school is being paid for by a family member. IF YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY, DO NOT GO HERE. DO NOT TAKE OUT LOANS, DO NOT PASS GO. They have tried stealing my money on multiple occasions, aka charging me for classes I never took. I have sent my academic advisor 4 emails over the past month and I just now am getting an email from a different advisor stating she is taking over, but my old advisor has not scheduled me for classes. This means if I am not scheduled within the next week- I am wasting time and not working as hard as I can toward my degree. Bottom line, this school wants your money but suck at communication. No one knows what is going on, no one knows who is supposed to be helping who. You can spend your money somewhere else. Not to mention, these classes are like $1500 each and they STILL CHARGE FOR BOOKS. Go somewhere else. Highly recommended.
This school is terrible!!! They are a for profit school and do not care at all about the students. They want the money. I have had several issues with my advisors who when I asked for a break from class said ok we can do it for this long then the school sends me attendence warnings and tell me I am going to be dropped from the class!! When I call them out and send them the emails they sent me saying I could have the break they stopped responding!!! The last break I took my advisor told me I could have month off so I said ok lets do it. 2 weeks later I was called telling me the school is going to drop me for not posting in classes. I was not in a class at the time!!! It was ironic that my next disburstment of loans were going to hit a month later so instead I got schedule 2 weeks earlier to start and they cut my break short on their own!!!
This school only cares about how money they can extort from the students and do not care about your education. When I first started aside from the financial aid being a complete mess and no support form the financial aid department. Then I started taking their classes, and everything was great, and then I started to run into one teacher after another that hardly reply to questions and when they do they are rude and spiteful and sarcastic. I have found that they tend to give you a bad degree, so you have to re-take classes, so you have to spend more money for classes. The advisors are inconsistent and do not have your best interest at heart to guide you in the right direction. I had a 4.0 GPA, and the required classes are done, and my advisor refused to allow me to apply to honors college. As you get closer to graduating they require you to pay thousands of dollars to graduate or to transfer your transcripts. The mentality is here is your book, and your assignments figure it out. Which is fine with me but then when I get publicly ridiculed in discussion with my peers for not doing it right, I grow tired of the abuse and feel that there are so many other colleges out there that take much better care of their students. They do not care about the students they only care about money and how much they can extort out of students while allowing their teachers to grade on personal feelings and not on merit of work.
This school is a complete rip off. They cut your transfer credits down so you have to take more classes with them, hence more money. Also the Instructors, especially the ones that are so called Doctors try to fail you at every opportunity, so of course you have to take even more classes. Some of the Instructors are also insulting to students. Making snide remarks on papers. And some treat the papers like they are doctoral thesis, instead of undergrad weekly course work. Avoid Ashford, there are much better and more professional schools. I wish I could give it minus stars.
This school is the worst online university I have attended. The advisers and staff do not return your emails or phone calls in a timely manner. No one ever answers their phone and it will be days before you here back. Many times I had to call several times a day for a week before someone would return my call. The professors are not qualified to teach the material. My 10 year old has the same knowledge on subjects I was taught by Professors. I am a military wife and the school refused to update this in their system for over 2 years and finally at the end of that time demanded I pay them 6,000 to finish out my last semester. I would not recommend going to this school. They are unprofessional and will steal your money and pocket it. Keep copies of all communications with staff, because otherwise they will deny any issues you may have.
This college is a rip off. The financial aid office gives you the run around about your stipend and they tack on extra fees at the last minute. Your tuition increases its not worth the headache. If I could give it a negative 10, I would . I definitively wouldn't recommend anyone to this school.