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It has been a nightmare since day one with financial aid. It has been over 6 months and financial aid is still not worked out.
I have worked with a few good people but have had the biggest hassle of my college career. I have been to about 4 colleges so far. (2 Universities and 2 community colleges) Ashford University is so unprofessional it is unbelievable. I wish I could sue them for putting me through so much. I am so angry with their financial aid department. They have lost many of my important confidential paperwork such things include but not limited to, my parents tax information, many issues with fasfa, and loosing paperwork with my mother's and my social security number on it. My advisor I could never get a hold of. She told me when I asked for a new advisor that she was actually one of the best and that I was lucky. She didn't just stop there, she told me she is actually pretty big time with many awards and that she use to work in the financial aid department so she could get things done fast for me?
I got a new advisor who is so nice and helpful but she has no idea what is going on in financial advising. I can only be upset so much and then I am being ridiculous. I feel as though I am a victim to them and their disaster of an office. I am taking classes and I am constantly shamed, and badgered about paperwork they have lost as if I neglect to send paperwork! I wonder why I hesitate to give them information?! Today I just realized my graduation date miraculously got pushed up by at least 2 months. What I might have failed to notice prior that it says 12/2/2013! I was suppose to graduate this winter. I am devastated and feel deeply screwed. What now??
I have attended many schools. This is the worst. This school caused a major financial hit for me simply through disinformation in order to make a sale. I was signed up and classes were paid for at a local college with guaranteed class transfers to the local universities. I was told by ashford that they do all the legwork as far as contacting my old colleges as far as transferring courses. I have been to 5 colleges and the idea of someone doing the transfers for me was beneficial. I contacted ashford to see how much post 9/11 I would be paid per month (at a local school, I would receive 2000 a month), they told me I would receive 3/4 of full time pay (that means 1500 a month to me). I also asked if I could receive the summer pell I was scheduled to receive at the local college (2750 for full time summer school, 2 courses over 9 weeks), I was told yes no problem. I also asked if my classes would transfer, I was told ashford was regionally accredited.
After the first full month of courses, I received my post 911 payment. I called the school to inquire why it was only 600 dollars. They told me I receive 3/4 pay...but ah..new information... But at half the national avg rate! Woops that's a 2000 dollar hit for me. I ask about my pell, apparently I have to take 4 classes to receive it (as opposed to two) and they have to be consecutive. At 5 weeks at a time that's 5 months (as opposed to 9 weeks) to receive my pell (you cannot take more than one class at a time without a special waiver. So that's another 2750 hit. Then I decided screw this school I will finish out my class and go to a local university. Called all the local schools...surprise! Nobody accepts ashford Credits!
So essentially I wasted 5 weeks of my post 9/11 and lost thousands of potential dollars as well as an entire summer of classes I could have transferred. Also I failed to mention the financial dep dropped the ball on my paperwork 4 times even while applying to the school. Long story short...DO NOT GO HERE
All this school is about is the money. I was in the hospital in intensive care for six days. I had a final paper that was due while I was in the hospital. I had my son call them to let them no and they said that I had until that Saturday to turn in the assignment. I didn't because I was still I'll and they flunked me.
I dropped a class and quit the school and they still have not returned the 1200 dollars they got paid for the dropped class.
If you miss an assignment instead of taking a % of your grade for the class they will take it from the % of the work that you have completed for the class. You might have completed 45% of the class work which means if you had an A in the class your grade would go down to a C. They don't let you no if you have to have a certain grade in the class and if you don't get at least that grade you flunk and have to take the class over and you do not get your money .
I started online courses at Ashford in August '10. I was extremely nervous; first college experience, but my SA was wonderful. Since then, they had a big turn over in advisors and ended up having Financial, Student, and Academic all rolled into one. Yes, it was frustrating at first (turnover's always are), but I have had nothing but positive dealings with all personel I've dealt with.
I enjoy the classes and have learned so much about scholastics and myself. I have only had one 'bad' instructor out of 19 classes, and although I was extremely disappointed with his lack of enthusiasm and basically his lack of 'attendance', I understand that not every experience in life is perfect and I would not bash a school for one issue.
99% of the complaints I have read on here and on their facebook page, is directed solely on the financial dept. and financial aid disbursments. I have, so far, not had any negative issues with this. I might be one of the lucky ones, or there might be a whole lot of people who are in this for all the wrong reasons. At the end of the day, I will and have recommended Ashford University to loved ones.
I liked the idea of one class at a time for my busy schedule but have now left Ashford because of their terrible customer service and communication. I have been disappointed over and over and would never recommend anyone to attend Ashford.
I have been charged for the same class 3 times that I never took, and I requested to drop multiple times and two and a half months later it finally happened. Months after I dropped they had me in a class and I was getting emails from a professor about my assignments...really?!
Don't waste your time and money with this joke of a school.
Basically everything they tell you to get you to enroll is a lie and they neglect to tell you all the important stuff regarding your finances. Then they "trick" you into not being able to withdraw from a class until you end up having to pay for it twice. They overcharge your account for classes you haven't taken and have no intention of taking. Their financial aid department is very very rude and unhelpful.
Hello if you think you found a school to good to be true you must be looking at Ashford University. I signed up with the Uiversity the process was quick and easy to due.
The Loan Shark makes it seem like you will graduate in no time. But what they are setting you up with is a GIANT BILL. After just two classes, I had to withdraw just to find out I owed them over $2500.00 dollars.
Two class at Yale or Harvard are not that high. IF I COULD GIVE ANYONE ANY ADVICE STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOLL YOU WILL OWE YOUR LIFE SAVINGS JUST BY TALKING TO THEM.
I enrolled with Ashford University Online after being financially raped by DEVRY online in 2010. I was granted a military grant that discounted my tuition 50%, free books, and technical fees waived. I couldn't go wrong and I didn't.
After 2 years, I am 3 classes away from graduation and don't regret by decision for one second. I have been on the Dean's List every semester I've been enrolled, a Golden Key member, a SALUTE member, and the Ashford honor society. It is a lot of hard work and takes a ton of dedication but if you take it week by week you'll find that is not overwhelming and you'll be satisfied with your progress.
Ashford University was a great school for me. I graduated with my AS in business administration 2 days ago. AU offers an accelerated program in which classes are in five week intervals. Classes are fast paced due to the little time you have in each class. you must be able to read at least a 300 page text book as well as do the assignments with in a five week period. there are no final exams for any of the classes, rather there is a final essay due at the end of each class. You will interact with the instructor often during classroom postings, and are required to interact with you classmates.
When I first talked with the admissions advisor I did not know anything about online schooling and he was very informative. He did over exaggerate about how much greater the school was compared to other online universities though. Since graduating with my AS I have found many different schools offering the same program style for around the same price or more. I have also found there are more rigorous schools with extensive testing as well as group projects, and actual real time video lectures from the instructors. AU's instructures use a writen lecture format, and most provide outside sources and power point presentations to provide their students with additional information. There is also a ask you instructor tab that allows you to ask questions and recieve asnswers within a day or two. All of the instuctors also provide their personal email address so there are definantly ways to talk one on one with your instructor but sometimes it is hard to get exact answers in a short period of time, but this goes with just about every online format.
The school starts out easy to let you adjust to the format and as you progress through your classes the work load seems to gradually increase. This made it easy to adjust to the online format. You definantly have to be dedicated to your studies, although I have seen students turn in work full of grammar errors or did not pertain to the questions being asked in the assignment. I honestly cannot tell you what their GPA's looked like but I can tell you that I personally turned in work that reflected my best efforts and recieved a high GPA. The school only has a low success rate because they accept just about anyone into their school, whether or not you can complete the work and the classes is on you. It is a large school and the learning format will never be a problem for you because it is made to fit the busiest of schedules.
there textbooks are mostly all published by McGraw Hill so they are of high quality. which is good because your text book is going to be your best friend. The student service's are great, My academic advisor called me about twice a week during the first month. Since that time I probably had about 4 different academic advisors, they were all very informative and never left me waiting for a return call. my financial advisor was not the best at first but the next one around was good to me. I honestly did not need to seek out very much information from any of my advisors because they always kept me up to date on new information via email.
They offer a career center to help you find a job and build you resume. There are some very informative videos and instructions on the site for resume building. Some of the resume building videos are low quality and try to present resumes that are completely blurred out as an example for buiding your own resume. As for helping you build up a unique identity so that employers will want to hire you as oppossed to another graduate students they do not help you at all. Some other online schools integrate portfolio buiding into their classes and help you to build confidence in what you have learned. AU does not do this, you have keep track of what you have learned and do this for yourself. Although they do help you to find a job after you graduate, which many schools will not help with this because their name is on the line if you mess it up. Which is true, but their name will also be on your degree and resume so I believe that is just a formal way of dropping you after your done paying them. AU will not drop you you will beable to continue to access their reasources and personnel after you graduate.
overall I had a great experience with AU and I recommend in for all of you who have busy schedules and cannot make it to a brick and mortar school. You working adults, stay at home moms or dads, those of you in the military or dont like restrictions, in small towns with no avalible schools near by, and of course those of you who like to manage your own time, this may be the school for you. As for those of you looking for an afforable school I recommend attending a community college online or on campus for your associates degree and then moving on to a university for your BA it will save you at least a good 10 grand or more.
good luck in you academic endeavors
They lied about my tuition costs and stole my money, they are all about money and nothing about the students. I didn't even have a computer yet they kept encouraging me not to drop??????? i don't g et it. and then they kept telling me I should get some money back from my loan and then my tuition was upped and I didn't receive squat they are deceitful.