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I have read dozens of reviews about Everest on this website. I am completing my first term this week and I have had a mixed experience so far. If you are having trouble with financial aid it is generally because you are not making sure that all of the paperwork is done or have not made your situation clear to your advisor. Financial aid advisors don't just take care of one person's financial aid package, there are hundreds of people going through the financial aid process at this school, be a proactive student and everything will go smoothly. By law the school has to have a check in the mail to you within 14 days after the school has received the money from the lender for that term. There is no designation of when in the term this will happen as they have to wait for the lender to get them the money.
I have 2 great teachers right now and 1 teacher I never want to take a class from again. The problem with Everest teachers is that there are a few bad apples in the bunch and you can have a bad experience once in awhile. But this is the same with any college. I have all A's in my classes so far and I'm enjoying school at Everest. I just wish that the student services system were restructured to make it easier to contact my academic advisor and financial aid advisor.
I have completed the first two semesters of my Computer Programming course through Orlano South and have found the representatives friendly and helpful. The instructors are available through e-mail within 24 hours and been understanding. There were a couple of times that I was running late on my assignments, and although school policy doesn't require them to respond to late work, they still checked out my work and told me what was right or wrong; but I did not receive a grade because of policy. The only real probem i had was when they required me to take out a loan through Genesis Loan Corp,. to ensure my finaces were covered. When it was determined that I didn't need the loan I went through a lot of trouble to have the loan refunded back to the company.
So far, all of the education I have received is applicable toward my education. My only regrete is not having hands on training like I would have in an on-campus situation, and the availability to ask and answer questions ditectly. I have been through 3 previous colleges and this is my first on-line situation. It is required for the student to do a lot of the research work on his own rather than just ask the teacher or other students. What would really be helpful in any on-line class would be a chat room for students to talk about what's going on; like they would in the hallways of a campus situation.However, according to the cost of the top 29 online colleges, which Eversest is not one, it is still very educational and growing.
I also found that most of the students, in my opinion, are not theat well educated. I determone this by their use of grammer and sentence structure. There have been a lot of class discussions that I barely understood their comments and yet the instructor claimed it wa a good resposnse. No wonder I get "A"s. I only ended up on this page because I was required to compare Certificates to Advanced diplomas. But for my money, I will stick with this couse.
I started on Nov. 28th of 2011 and I was so excited to be able to get a degree and still be a stay at home mom. I completed all of the paperwork and it was easy I alos recieved all of my materials in a timely manner. I was informed that I would be able to finish in eight months if I maxed out my classes.
So for the first semester which was a mini semester I took three classes when I was informed that was the max. I only have one more week to go and my semester is over. At this point I have a 89, 98, and 99 in my classes. I recieved an email that states that my classes for the second semester had been scheduled so I contacted student services because I had been told that my advisor would contact me in order to schedule. This phone call was made yesterday and during this call I advised them that I wanted to max out my classes so I could graduate in eight months. The reply was "It is impossible to finish in eight months even if you max out your classes.
The earliest you would be able to graduate would be in 14-16 months." I was ok with it taking longer in order to get my degree the time is worth it even though it is not what I was expecting to hear. So, I started to ask questions about my financial aid and whether or not the amount would change. She told me no that it would not change it would stay at the same price $38,000.00. I immediately became upset asked for my enrollment agreement to be emailed to me and went into the student portal and took screen shots of my Award Letter which states $12,000.00 for books and tuition.
So I took time to think about it last night and this morning I disenrolled. I spoke with the "Director" and he informed me that I should not have recieved an exact amount because it depends on how long it takes me to finish. I refuse to deal with anyone who has bad business and the amount of money required is something that should be made very clear. If it wasn't because of the mishap with financial aid I would have continued my education at this institution. Overall everything else was great I enjoyed the classes but if you are going to lie about anything then it is a red flag. I also referred my cousin and his wife and they were going to start in January.
When I foud out I was not given the correct information I called them and asked them to call and get copies of thier information just to make sure everything was in order before the classes start. His wife called immediately and found out that financial aid had not gave them all of the information as well. They were never informed of the loans and were told that the grant would cover thier tuition. So they have also resigned. I did my research before enrolling and seen bad reviews but the majority of them seemed like student errors and the ones that seemed to have a legitimate reason to blame the school couldn't even spell so I disregaurded those as well.
,p> I am very disappointed in them at this point and they need to either re-train thier financial department or hire new employees who know what they are talking about.
Most instructors there are kind and helpful. Was enrolled there for 1 year was going to take a semester off but within a week of stopping course they were on the phone calling everyday wanting payment because they couldnt find paperwork I submitted for loan application.was approved for grant but they lost it and never told me they didnt recive it they person who should of gotten it no longer works there financial dept. went thrrough about 3 people in a year student services went throuhg alot of different people so I see how easy to lose paperwork they are moving you around to different people and no one knows what the other is doing.
I noticed that there are many negative reviews on here about Everest, yet the majority of these people complaining about the school have poor grammar, have several excuses and are mad because they didn't get a check. I have attended three other online schools and Everest has by far been the best one for me. Many people turn to online school because they think it is easier than attending a traditional school, but what they do not realize is that online school takes alot of dedication.
In my experiences with online schools, I've seen many people drop because they couldn't keep up or they drop because they are lazy then complain that the school is bad. You should ask questions, read the fine print and understand what you are committing to before you enroll. To those of you who complain about not getting a check, you must request to your financial aid advisor that you wish to max out your student loans and recieve what is left over each term. They will not automatically send you money because they do not encourage you to pile up debt. They also send you financial statements each term.
I have only had one problem so far and that was with financial aid, but it was quickly resolved with one phone call. My academic advisor calls and emails me every week and my instructors are awesome. I have been hospitalized twice so far this term and all of my instructors were willing to work with me. I love my courses too!!
I recommended Everest to two of my sisters and a friend. One of them said they did not like the school, but at the same time she failed to keep up with her work and decided to drop after it was too late. The other two love the school and are doing great. It is not the school's fault when you fail to attend or do not read all the schools policies and nor understand how your financial aid works.
I have been attending since May of 2011 and plan on graduating from this school.
I started my online classes in may 2011. I filled out the application because the representative told me it would be a 9 month course....lie. Turns out its 2 years. They didnt explain much on financial aide, I still dont know why I have to pay so much. Classes are ok, computer is ok, service not so good. Im doubling up on classes to finish quicker I just hope this school is for real and I get my degree. The work is not as easy as people say.
I am close to finishing my first quarter. Online classes are new to me and takes some time to get used to. I received a laptop my 2nd week of class, it is new with Windows 7 and the most Up to date MS Office software. I don't have any complaints except how they manage your student loans and the expensiveness of the classes.
Never judge a book by its cover, because in the end the book could be worse than you ever could have expected! It is not that the instructors are all that bad, because they are not. I get along with them just fine. The problem is with the individuals who run the student services department. I am not sure where they get these people but I would suggest putting them back and looking again. I started school last month, filled out all the forms for student aid that I had to fill out, and you would think that would be enough...right? WRONG! You have to hold these people's hands, and even then they find a way to screw things up.
This is not the first "for-profit" school I have ever been to, and left the last one for the same reasons. I should have learned by now that these schools just do not cut it, but as the old saying goes "fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice, shame on me!"
Anyway, it has taken over a month just to PROCESS the files I sent to them through their system, not to mention the fact that apparently, from what they have told me, that D.O.E. has not even approved the loan yet. This is after I was told everything was done and not to worry about anything. How can you allow a student to start classes when, in reality, they may not even get the aid that they applied for? I have taken courses at a community college years ago, and this never happened. They waited until they knew I had the money to put me anywhere.
Stupidity would be the nice way to describe this...down right pathetic leadership would be a better way.
I enrolled in Everest cause it sounded so great, but it was really a joke! My laptop stopped working after 2 months when I called to get it repaired they said they had no records of me ever having a laptop. My instructor gave me 100% just because I turned work in, they did not care if it was correct or not.
When I finally decided to drop my courses they called me the next day and said I needed to pay immediately or it would be sent to collections, they didn't even give me a 30 billing period or nothing. Two weeks after I withdrew they cashed a financial aid check! Then they called me again and demanded I send my laptop back, the same laptop they wouldn't fix cause they had no record of me having it!
I enjoy the atmosphere of online studies. I have all that I need right at my fingertipsand instructors are nice, friendly and willing to help with studies.
I have a good access to student services, books are provided, and the school standards are very acceptable. Everest is a good natured school, if you are a good natured person that really wants to complete your degree: Everest University Online is the right place for you.