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I enjoyed the classes and instructors during my online experience with Ashford University of Iowa. I finished my required classes and was preparing to graduate when the financial aid office notified me that I owed over $2000.00 due to an accounting error. Their business office apparently didn't submit the paperwork to FAFSA on time to have my first two classes paid for using my financial aid.
I asked for a paper bill showing me what classes I owed for and an explination of why I should pay for their office mistake. They have refused, but they did turn me over to collections and are withholding me BS in Psychology. Their accounting office has ran me in circles, lost paperwork lost contact information so my husband could talk with them and refused to provide me with proper documentation of what I owe for so that I can verify it with FAFSA.
I did a Google search and found other students in a similiar situation where they are billed for classes and having their degrees withheld. I see a troubling pattern here and I'm considering legal action. If anyone has information on lawsuits against Ashford it would be greatly appreciated. K.
I have been to many colleges and universities through my travels as a military wife. I would highly recommend Ashford University. The classes are great for anyone who has to work around kids or work. Their curriculum is well layed out and the instructors are quite knowledgeable.
Of course, no road to wisdom is easy. Taking classes online takes a lot of discipline and a lot of hard work. Yes, some classes are more difficult than others. If you have difficulties with self-taught courses, then online courses are not for you. I have to say, that I've never had a problem with Ashford instructors. I've always asked for help when needed and the instructors were full of knowledge.
I've read many reviews, but I would like to address the cost of books. Books are expensive no matter where you go. I purchased most of my books on Amazon and saved hundreds of dollars.
The person who complained about their Finacial Aid Department. Common sense should of told you that it doesn't make sense what they were trying to tell you. Most Universities will try and do anything to get you enrolled. It's just the nature of the beast. They are sales people.
I have been an on-line student for Ashford and have NEVER encountered problems with the. I feel the curriculum is well-written, the majority of the instructors have the knowledge and expertise to teach a class.
To the people that complain that there isn't anyone to hold their hand, most universities rely on you to learn and be self-sufficient. If you can't do this, you will not succeed when you go out into the workforce.
My instructors have always provided a phone number. If I have a question, I call them and it gets answered.
I had the same experience at the University of Phoenix when I went for my Bachelors.
Learning is not easy. It is what you put into it. I brag about my accomplishments and my success. If it wasn't for UOP and Ashford, I would not have a successful business right now.
Was looking into transferring to Ashford. Was quoted tuition by adviser that proved to be false. Was also pushed into beginning first course before Financial aid was complete. The adviser also told me I was eligible for benefits that I was not even after I told him I was not he kept saying he found a loophole and not to worry, just begin class right away.
I asked several times to delay my classes until everything was in order, but he kept trying to convince me everything would be fine. Finally he told me that if anything went wrong I could withdraw within the first few weeks and not owe anything. Well after 8 days the extra benefits were denied just like I told him and my tuition was MUCH higher than I was quoted. So I withdrew after 8 days and was ruthlessly pursued by collections that would not give me ANY way to appeal the debt.
For your own good, please look to anywhere else but Ashford and DO NOT believe what the advisers say because they don't give you any way to fight it when things prove to be different.
I have been a student at Ashford for just over 18 months. I decided to return to school online for convenience after leaving a traditional college several years ago. Like most online Universities, I truly believe that you get out of it what you put into it.
However, Ashford has a complete lack of support for its online students. There is no tutoring available, no homework assistance, no call center to help with homework or material questions, no vidoes, no additional text or work books, etc. Their e-books are not user-friendly like other e-materials and contain many errors from spelling/punctuation to the material itself. The textbooks you purchase for the classes are very expensive and are made for in-person classes; not on-line classes. When you learn online, you are essentially teaching yourself. This works fine for many classes or if you have a background in the field of study, but some classes just require more and the University doesn't provide it.
I suggest looking at another University that offers more. I am going to start looking at others. And, I am considered an excellent student with a 4.0. I just want more from a University that is charging me $12,000 a year.
I've been attending Ashford for almost a year now, and for the most part it's been a pleasant experience. My instructors have all been very helpful and informative, and my advisers are always very attentive. My biggest complaint is the financial aid department.
I have been selected twice for verification and I always have issues with them. I send in the required paperwork numerous times, and it somehow always gets misplaced. This has held my financial aid process up in the past. Other than that, I really enjoy attending here!
I turned 65 this past June (2012), started with Ashford in 2011 at age 64. I transferred in 80 some credits from my earlier attempts at getting an education. Ashford accepted the majority of my credits.
The advisors and financial aid people were extremely helpful, while the instructors, I feel, were all top notch. I discovered that I really prefer online education to sitting in a classroom and thoroughly enjoyed my Ashford experience. I graduated in July 2012 with a BA in psych and would heartily recommend this school.
I attended Ashford from 2010 and until 2012. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. I made Dean's list every semester. In March I submitted my petition to graduate which was accepted. They took $180.00 out of my account to cover expenses.
In July I completed my final class (got an A) and was told that my diploma and a free copy of my official transcript will be sent to me as soon as the grade was posted. It was posted on July 30th. Today is September 25th and I haven't received anything. Calls to my advisor and emails have been ignored. I have 2 weeks until my deadline with the University of Denver for my Master's program.
I cannot attend unless they have an official transcript. I can't find a job because I can't prove I have a degree in this field. My unemployment runs out in 2 months. I would like to say I have nothing, but that's not true. I have a $32,000 debt that I have to pay back for a degree I can't prove I have.
I have been with Ashford for 1.5 years. I am scheduled to graduate in April of 2013. I have to say that Ashford has made things easier for me as far as school work and class assignments for the most part. But, like us all, I have many other responsibilities and things on my plate.
Knowing it would be very difficult for me to get access to a computer on a Tuesday when class starts, I posted my introduction to a class on a MOnday figuring that would the most responsible thing to do. I did not want to wait until Wed. to check in a attend class. On Wednesday as I was at work, I received an email informing me that I had been withdrawn from the University.
I called and called the advisor for the next 24 hours, trying desperately to submit assignments and return to class, when I finally got another advisor to re-admit me back to the university. And all for submitting my intro a day earlier, knowing I couldn't do it on Tuesday! The advisor was very rude and I was not able to request a manager or anyone to talk to . I don't think that I should be kicked out of school for this situation. It is hard to believe that they tried to say it was the same scenario as if I showed up on the weekend for a class and it was not accounted for. This is online school for GOd sake, and for a reason.
We have busy schedules and need to be able to alter our class situations to be in school and function with everyday life.
L. from Ashford University has been calling and talking to me about enrolling back in school. This has been about a year and I am a 50 plus year old woman. She conveince me this would not be a bad idea to go back to school.
Things began to happen one after another. My son passed away recently and Ashford University called me. Not to hound me about enrolling in class but to express their concerns about how I was feeling and doing as a person. When you find someone that has your interest and concerns at heart. This is where you belong.