CollegeAmerica Reviews

  • 37 Reviews
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  • Annual Tuition: $16,972
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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UNhappyMom
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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 - 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
  • Graduation Year: 2006
"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."
NH
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
HappyPhoenixGrad
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"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."
Frank
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2013
  • Degree: Network Security
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"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."
Lisa
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2012
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"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."
Christie
  • Reviewed: 7/14/2012
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"Enrolling in CollegeAmerica gave me the degree and confidence to move towards my dreams. I liked the way the instructors worked with the students and helped to fully succeed in the course. I also love the way that the dean and other higher up staff encouraged all the students to succeed. The tutoring is an important part of the program too. If you want to succeed at your dreams it is the best school."