CollegeAmerica Reviews

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33% of 37 students said this degree improved their career prospects
32% of 37 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 6/30/2021
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I attended CollegeAmerica ten years ago and received an Associate Degree in Medical Specialties. This has proven to be a worthless degree. The school is not recognized by other higher education. There are no transferable credits to other colleges. I will continue to pay towards the remaining $38,089.32 debt for the rest of my life. Emory University in Atlanta, GA is not this expensive and well recognized for their degrees. For my "internship" I was placed at Hands Over Hearts as a file clerk. This had nothing to do with what I had hoped to become a career. I was told the market was flooded with students and there was nothing appropriate available. I was naive enough at the time to believe in this system. Shame on me!!! What can be done not only for me, but other students out there who want a chance to become productive citizens of our society and not be scammed by such an organization."
Sabrina Guerrero
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2021
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL!!!! PLEASE, they do not care about you. All they care about is making money and a profit from your misery. They lie to you and get you to come in and join. I went there JUST FOR INFORMATION and I even put on the paper, I was NOT READY TO ENROLL but they did not care and kept having me come back till I was finally cornered and forced me to enroll. They love people like me who do not know what they want and do not know much about financial aid or college so that they can trick you into getting in the school. The expect you to do an externship and don't care to help you find anything that fits your schedule. If you have children , they don't care, if you have a job they don't care and expect you to figure it out and do the externship."
  • Reviewed: 8/2/2019
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"horrible experience.... do not attend this college complete rip was not worth $40,000... they sweet talk your ear up something good..... to get you in ... even bribe with food... it's a game to them..... teachers quit left and right... student's wanted to leave but couldn't... they lied about credit being transferable... can't believe it's that many horrible ppl in this world that prey on people that's trying to do something with there lives..... only thing we acquired is alot of debt.... and stupidity for falling for a program like this....."
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
"This is a school that is a NON VETERAN ASSISTED SCHOOL!!! They only take money and care less if you can use your degree for anything out in the world. This is not a school you would want to attend if you want a real job and want to be taken seriously. THIS IS A NON TRANSFERABLE COLLEGE!!!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2018
  • Degree: Computer Networking
"I restarted here and even though I'm only in my first class back I already regret it. When I had first started years ago I received a new computer which I returned when I left, now I just started my third week and I was finally given one. A nice dirty loaner. I really don't think I should have to use a computer with who knows what on it that came in a bag that had marks on it that I don't want to know how they got there. Don't waste your time here."
Hank Messer
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"This school is a predatory for-profit school. When I attended I was naive and assume that an educational institution would not rip someone off but I was wrong. The classes are nothing more than glorified high school classes and that is being generous. They lied about flexibility of their scheduling and I had to fight to be enrolled in online courses to accomodate my work schedule at the time even though that was one if their "selling points". I ended up leaving without a degree. I have thousands in debt with non-transferrable credits. Their degree is worthless."
The Real Scoop
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2016
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"Do not..... DO NOT attend this school or any of its affiliates (StevensHenager, SanDiego, etc). They will charge you at least 42K just to earn an associates degree which will grant you the right to apply for jobs that pay between 9 and 15 dollars an hour. DO NOT GET RIPPED OFF!!! Stop NOW. This school only cares about the number of enrollments it can gain along with the allowable Federal loans from your enrollment. Please! Care about your future and attend a real, REGIONAL LY accredited school. This school is NATIONALLY accredited which means that any credits you earn here ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE to a respectable college or university. STOP NOW! Save yourself thousands of dollars and look to local community colleges and universities. Do Not Go Near This School!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 11/21/2016
  • Degree: Computer Networking
"This school is a joke! What you learn in the classes have nothing to do with what degree you are getting. Don't get a Bachelor's degree from this school cause if you do you end up having to pay the school over 10+ grand after graduation and no they do not work with you on payment plans. They do not help you with finding work in your field of study nor do they cover the cost for certifications in computer science but they cover the medical students certifications. Every time you turn around this school has issues with accreditation. If you pay attention to the ads they have on tv you will see that they have a lot of different numbers for the school. You don't get to keep the books for the classes you have had you have to return the books. They seem to have forgotten when the money is suppose to be for. Every time you turn around you have new instructors because they cannot keep them staffed for very long that also includes the associate deans. Go find a different school that costs less!"
Too Embarrassed
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2016
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I would not recommend this school. Schools like this one are overrated. They cost too much for an associate's Degree. And, they only care about money. You get no refunds from your school loans. Not when I was there. When not in class, they don't know you. Classes are Monday-Thursday. I never got a job. My externship was at a family practice and the medical assistants were mean. The doctors were nice along with the patients. I was so glad to leave. I do not work in the medical field. I am so glad I made other choices. Please go somewhere else to spend your money."
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2015
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"Loved my teachers, and I love the new Career! The school delivered what it promised. Hands on , Small classes. You get to know everyone on a personal basis. They even helped when I was struggling with personal problems. They became a home away from home. This is why I choose a private school. It is a group of people that know you by name, you are not a number and they truly care about your success."
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Don't go to this school they are liars that are paid to lie to you!! You will have to pay them back are your lifetime! I was so close into falling for it , until I spoke to an experienced adult! I'm serious do not fall for it. You will regret it go to. A real community college!"
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I'm so sorry I ever attended here. I was desperate to find a school that would get me in and out and working in a short amount of time. This one paid for multiple certifications, so I was sure the time and money invested would be worth it. Boy, was I wrong. First of all, an Associate in Occupational Specialties is NOT regarded the same as a typical associate's degree by employers. It's barely a step up from a diploma in their eyes. I was told this by 5 different employers i interviewed with. Second, none of the employers I interviewed with had heard of this school, except for 1 who said they have a bad reputation. I never got any call backs or follow ups. Third, the career services is really a joke. They literally tell you to bring them information on where you want to go. If you tell them you really don't know, they actually give you Craigslist ads or internet leads. They do NOT have these close, tight "relationships" with employers that they tell you they do. At least, not here in Phoenix. Fourth, it took them 8 weeks just to find me an externship site because no one had heard of them. That was 8 weeks that I was just sitting around, doing nothing, wasting time while they convinced someone to take me on. I excelled at my externship, and i was actually told that if they were comfortable with the school they would have hired me. But they did not want someone from this school representing them. Last, the program costs $46,000!!!! Even other for-profits in the area, who offer associate's degrees in actual NURSING, cost less. Nursing degrees are typically more expensive, but even schools like Carrington, Brown Mackie, Brookline, Arizona College, and Chamberlain School of Nursing (DeVry's nursing school) charge between $33,00 - $40,000 for an actual Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing. Yes that's very high, but at least it's an actual degree for a job that pays $70,000 a year to start here in Phoenix. The $46,000 a year "degree" you get from College America gets you qualified for a $30,000 - $33,000 a year job...if you can find an employer willing to hire you. I'm a mom wanting to get my kids off the system. I wanted to have a degree I could be proud of, a job where I could work hard and get ahead. All I have is an insane amount of debt and still NO JOB. Please avoid this school. They are slick sales people that only care about getting your financial aid. Once you finish school and can't get a job, you only have $11,500 TOTAL left of financial aid, which isn't enough to go back to school anywhere and actual get a degree you can use. I'm screwed. Don't fall for their BS and end up like me."
Gary Paterno
Responded: 8/31/2015

I am the Externship Coordinator here at CollegeAmerica, Phoenix. In the mod 7 cohort of students 6 of the 9 students were employed by the end of their externship program. I'm curious, what was the name of your externship site? I will not be sending our students anywhere where they are not appreciated. Both I and Tanya, the Director of Career Services, would love to help you. Please feel free to contact either of us, anytime.

In debt
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2015
  • Degree: Computer Networking
"Don't waist your time. I am in so much debit because of this school it is not even funny. I have never been employed in the field. They stopped offering my degree before I was even don with it. They would not help me find a job unless it was in the state that I went to school in."
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Don't even waste your time with College America. While I was going there the enrollment was so low that the finance manager (Steven) started telling possible students they would get $5,000 after graduation & successfully completing their internship. He even used to tell the students he would pay them $100 for any referrals they sent to him. That right there should tell you how low this schools enrollment. My friend used to be an admissions representative for this school & even she said she wouldn't recommend this school because all they do is sell false hope which was very true. I asked the finance people numerous times if my financial aid was good & they told me those numerous times my financial aid was just fine & not to worry about it. Not only am I paying back the student loans, but I'm also paying back a large sum of money because they failed to mention that I was being charged for a class I didn't even take. I don't understand why this school is still operating after all the complaints, bad reviews, false hopes they sell everyone. Like I said earlier if an admissions representative tells you this school isn't worth going to then that definitely says a lot about the school. They also need to stop lying telling people they're getting a "DEGREE" when they finish because it's really a "CERTIFICATE" they're receiving....if they finish the program!"
Don't Go Here
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2014
  • Degree: Business
"College America lied to me. I was told the cost would be around $30,000 but that is only with the Federal Government. They failed to mention the $20,000 to them. They also lied about the help they give after you graduate. They said they would help me find a job and I never heard a word from them after graduation. The college isn't recognized by companies so it doesn't help me get a job. All I ever wanted was to be able to move up in my career and in my case I went down. Please don't choose this school."
Will not give real name
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Online School is Black Listed! Graduates can't find a job because employers don't recognize CollegeAmerica as a valid education. Teachers are unqualified, most students can't find real work after their degree and pick up teaching jobs with CollegeAmerica. After a month I was told I could become a teacher! Teachers are disorganized and incorrectly teach how to write APA style papers. Students in classes ahead of me have warned that everything is taught from a book, which is true, and that it is more or less self taught. . All of your teachers come from this college! You would think with 9 degrees you would want to make more than $40,000 a year. The reason for 3 stars in financial services is because they prey on MILITARY! They are quick to complete your paperwork and tell everyone that your college is normally $45,000 but because of a "New Policy," you qualify for almost $20,000 in savings just because you are a spouse of someone in the military. They also tell you "not to tell anyone about your savings, because it will upset others." I believe other reviews are not real, based on the fact that they told me to write this review before I started in the school. Watch for future posts in an attempt to make this one disappear. 48% doesn't lie, that's the percent of people that don't recommend this school."
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I was able to finish the AOS in Medical Specialties in 15 months, and I currently have 4 certifications as a direct result. I currently work full time, and I was able to become employed less than 2 months after graduation. I loved my time at CA and I am actually thinking about an online bachelor's degree with them. The faculty, staff, all of the instructors, and the financial services team were all great. Of course, there were a few bumps in the road. You'll fins that anywhere. But overall, I really am glad I chose CA for my education."
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Think long & hard before making the decision to go to College America. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it. Too expensive for the degree. You're going to spend decades repaying everything. The admissions & financial adviser are quick to get you to sign up. They don't fully talk you through the actual cost of attending. Associate's degree costed me almost $40,000 & that was WITH financial aid & back in 2009. Not worth it! I'm sure the costs have gone up since then."
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2013
  • Degree: Network Security
"Without over dramatizing, and it may sound a bit cliche but you get out of it why you invest into it. I am speaking of time and effort not necessarily the money, though it is a pricey school to attend that's for sure. If cost is not a deciding factor, which it probably is, then go for it. If you want a least expensive route then pick a public institution over a private one like this."
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2012
"College America is not a good school. They just take your money and leave you with no real education. The school says they will help with job placing and they don't. They also won't give you your official transcripts after graduating until you have no account balance. I feel that the time and money spent there was a complete waste and if I could do it all over again I would go to a regular school and not take a short cut."