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Hello everyone, I have been going to Everest online for almost a year now. I never worried about the grants and loans until this semester. I had gotten really curious as to how much I was being charged for my classes and how much they were getting from my Pell grant and loans. So I called my financial aid adviser and they told me that my balance was 2,470.00. I'm taking a full 12 week course and a 6 week course. I just wanted to say this because of a previous post of the person saying they only charge you 1,600.00 for 3 classes.. no I do not believe that is true. I was like okay so when will my pell and my loans come through and how much are they.
I wanted to know if I had any money left over. They told me then that I only get 980.00 in Pell and the rest is my loan. My loan amount is 3,000.00 for the semester which makes me get 1,500.00 back this semester. I was like okay so when will the school get these funds I have been in my classes for 7 weeks now and I haven't received anything except my loan papers saying that they have already sent you the money and I have to pay them back. I'm still waiting for my refund amount that was supposed to have been sent to me on July 30. After all of the mess that I have had to deal with I began searching online for details about the college. I found out that the past year of me going to school there is basically nothing. My credits will not transfer if I want to go to a different school or one in my town. I have basically threw money in the wind! Even though you didn't pay for your classes with cash, you have the loans that you HAVE to pay back. I have threw so much money in to this BUSINESS not a college that I'm so mad. I wish that there was something more I could do than just say something bad online in a blog about them. They do need to be investigated and made to refund all the money they have received. Thank you for reading my comment Me
Within several weeks attending Everest I became accutely aware funds were being misappropriated. I began classes on 2/22/10, withdraw 5/03/10 at that date Everest had over $6,000.00 disbursed from my SallieMae Loans, 892.00 Pell Grant leaving low Balance for the remaining year. I attempted several times speaking with Financial Adm. concerning these issue requesting generated summary of my account only to be treated with an unprofesional demeanor. Their attitude being the loans were their dept, mine, keeping high grades so loans would stay active.
Realizing by October all my loans would have been depleted for 2010, I had NO option except to Withdraw (I maintained GPA 4.0). Since that date I receive at least once a week, calls from the college reminding me I owe them monies, calls from SallieMae to the same. Speaking with CCI(Corinthian Colleges, Inc.) Rep. concerning weekly billings and calls, I was informed even though Withdraw May 3, 2010, remaining classes through May 31, 2010 I was still financially accountable for even though I did not attend. I reminded them upon my Withdraw I was paid through that term...Rep response: Yes, we realize this, upon your absense from our college we are showing a Credit of $710.00 + 2,171.59 which we returned to SalliMae as you no longer attended our college...so, therefore you owe us 2,171.59 immediately.(purposely diverted from revealing 710.00 issue) Given this information I advised him upon admission and withdraw, I signed documents requesting any/all credits pertaining to my account submitted to me within 14 days. Rep. stated this is NOT correct, upon withdraw from our college, credits to student acct. are RETURNED to loan companies, and student being held reponsible for payment.
No where during my admission being instructed of this ..infact, upon reading financial document it clearly states upon withdraw from college should student have credit(s) in account student given the option to have such returned to loan for credit OR sent to student within 14 days.I chose option to have credits disbursed to me..Everest kept the (credits) till July 2, 2010...then returned to SalliMae which only leaves me to think SallieMae and Everest are squandering funds from students.I am left owing monies to Salliemae and Everest.
I am 62 years old...obtaining a college degree having been a lifetime goal of mine...I waited 45 years for my oppurtunity and having to withdraw from college was very disappointing and devastating. Now, I am having to deal with their creditors calling and billing, weekly, loans are in Grace and my frist payment IS NOT due till Dec 13, 2010..I am left deep in debt, without the Professional Degree I waited for 45 years to obtain....this is so unfair and unprofessional and NEEDS to be investigated.
Not only my case but so many other students. I stood in line the day I withdraw having three other students ahead of me doing the same..young student with such emotions on theirs faces trying to understand what just happened.... I witnessed graduates crying and emotionally upset as they had learned of large debits, being denied their degrees till paid. I have no doubt the rebuttals to complaints I have read are submitted by college officials...I walked amongst these halls over three months and I observed more events of unprofessional actions than should be displayed.
I was taken back on my initial interview how personnels dressed and presented themselves:in unprofessional mannerism! On that day I was given the Grand Tour and Treatment...once I signed the bottom line and became 'their' gain, friendly handshakes, acknowledgements along with professional advise, flew out the windows...Would my degree been recognized within the business world..Would I have been able to obtain the profession I would have strived two years for...I can not say...I can only finalize my experiences within the short weeks I attended...I will clarify: I loved my instructors, I enjoyed my classes and work...Sad, I wished I had attended another school and they were within it's walls.
I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Administration from Everest a few years ago. I completed the course both online and on campus. The instructors all held Master's degrees,which is a pre-requisite to teach a Bachelor's program course.
These instructors were intelligent, challenging, and held students to a high standard of accountability. They were from all over the world; New York, France, Boston, etc.
However, There was a terrible disconnect with campus staff and I observed a super high turnover in the four years of attendance. I never knew who I would be interacting with from day to day.
One major set back is the reputation. FMU/Everest, like Phoenix University, is deemed a money pit due to the higher costs of a private institution and appealing to a lower socioeconomic group, evidenced by the lower admission standards compared to other colleges and the mediocre advertising efforts.
In fact, I look back at the previous comments on this blog and wonder how the grammer and speeling can be so terrible. (Yes, I meant to spell grammar and spelling wrong). They make "Spell Check" for a reason, please use it. If you are guilty of a lack of general knowledge of basic writing skills, which are observed herein, I can imagine how you would be disgruntled and frustrated with a college that demanded you be "on grade level."
It is what you make it. I was only disappointed in the administrative staff, who seemed to be running in circles. However,If they were not a viable company, they would not be in business-the government "don't play that". It is an institution of higher learning and they have some of the best instructors-so the content validity of some earlier posts are disenchanting. If you are reading this and have gotten this far in the post-please, make your own judgement about this school. Visit the campus, ask questions like "How much is this going to cost me in the end??" Make them write it down - officially. If you're not the idiot, you won't be the idiot.
Oh, and by the way - I don't work for FMU/Everest, never have, and don't intend to, but I am a very successful Health Care Administrator. Take it for what its worth, but at least I spared you of the typical blog rhetoric.
Well I have read all the reviews complaining about this and that. Truth be told you only get out what you put into it. I recently graduated from the Tampa campus taking there MA course yes it was like a zoo at times but mainly it was the students they let in. If your not really trying to get a education and career stop wasting the school and class mates time of people who really want to learn. stop missing class days and weeks at time then say it was instructors fault. Do you own homework don't copy your friends. stay off you cell phones and learn something.
As far as finacial aide goes they are a for profit school so yes its high for books and such the ma course is 15,000 they do your finacial aide right to the penny you don't get any of that money. thats your whole tution . you can however apply for extra grants to have money left over.
Well let's see.. Where to start? Most of the MA instructors are gone, the head of the MA department has been fired. When you go in the admissions person tells you that you will get job placement. You don't. I was given little to no information before going to my extern site, not how many hours a day Iwas to work, how many hours I needed to complete the externship, nothing. I told them I would prefere an extern to hire like others were "supposedly" getting, instead I was put in one of the little clinics you find in a store. I used NONE of the skills I killed myself learning. I was on dean's list with perfect attendance, one would think this makes me more hirable. WRONG!! They employers see Everest and see the commercial with the goofball with the hat turned sideways and thinks we are all like that and promptly toss the resume in the trash.
I was lied to about tuition cost, what the shool would do among a miriad of other faslehoods. Also, other schools include Certification in the tuition costs for MA. Everest does not. These people are a scam. This is just a way to make money from the government and screw with people's lives. Do not bother. If you see an Everest, I would advise you to find dog pooh, dirty diaper or sewer sludge and slap it on the door step.
First off, I am an actual student, for those who seem to think that people on here are employed by the school. I attend Everest College Phoenix Online. I pay LESS for my classes than I did at ITT Tech. I also have been taught A LOT MORE than I was at other schools. I am being taught by a Supreme Court Justice. How many other people can say that? Even schools that are considered the best in the country can NOT say that.
As for attending another school, when I am done with my degree I will be attending law school. I have already talked to them. They know that I attend Everest online. As long as I keep my grades up and do well on the LSAT, I will be able to attend that school. It is in the TOP 30 schools in the COUNTRY.
Also, do your work. Just because it is an online school, that does not mean that they are going to just give you an A. I work on my classes 3 ours a day. It paid off. My GPA has not dropped below a 4.0 and I am on the President's List. You have to work for it. And by the way, do your research, there is more than one Everest. There is one out of Florida, which has lost its accredidation, and then there is one in Pheonix (which I attend) that is REGIONALLY accredited. so next time, get your information straight people.
First I would like to address tne individuals who are under the impression that those of us who express discontent with this "school" are whining. I have invested a year into this place and have maintained a "B" average. Why? Because that is the effort I have decided to put in.
Second, my experience has been negative ever since they began sending me letters informing me that I was on academic probation and the business office has been calling me telling me I have a balance with each conversation while in the same semester.
I receive grants and loans to satisfy my tuition and any costs related to my education and therefore, should not have any balance once monies have been applied. Moreover, everytime I have tried to call the Financial Aid office I only reach voicemails; and when I do speak with a live person they talk in circles and fail to provide viable explanations.
The classes are not challenging. I just thought it was the individual instructor, it is not , this is the curriculum. I am not returning to this school for anymore semesters and will attend a more reputable institution. I underdstand that everyone does not have the time to go to a brick and mortar school, myself included but anything has to be better than this.
I ATTENDED THIS SCHOOL, AND I WAS LIED TO FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. THEY TOOK ALL MY PELL GRANT, EVERY CENT, I HAD. THE BOOKS WERE RIDICULOUSLY OVER PRICED. THE WHOLE ENTIRE PROCESS OF ATTENDING SCHOOL AT EVEREST, WAS A BIG WASTE OF TIME, AND A HUGE LET DOWN.
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID. I AM BEING VERY HONEST WITH EVERYONE, THIS SCHOOL WILL LIE TO YOU AND RIP YOU OFF. CHOOSE ANOTHER. THANKS.......D.
I am a current student at Everest University Jacksonville Florida, and so far everything what was said has came to pass and is true, my classes are small and the teacher is very concern with your learning. I do not do any online classes,I am a claasroom student and everything is excellent.
I even saved $2,000 plus by attending this school for this program. (Massage Therapy) So for those who had bad experience I think it is the school you attended, maybe their staff sucks, or maybe you as a person have issues... but I can trully recommend this school.
As for those of us who have been out of high school for a while, Everest is a great place to learn.
I began my formal education in February of 2005 at the age of 48. At first, I was worried about keeping up with the younger students, but in a few weeks, I was helping them. It took only 15 months for me to complete my Associates Degree in Accounting. I attended classes at the Brandon, Florida campus, and took some classes online even then. At the time, it was still called Florida Metropolitan University.
While attending the Lakeland Campus, a family emergency and the economy forced us to move out of state. There were no problems transferring to all online classes. This is one area where Everest has an advantage over other schools. If you have to move, you can still attend classes uninterrupted. Some schools cannot offer their students that option.
I admit there have been issues with the staff; as in ANY school you would attend. However, the campus President at Lakeland is very caring and quick to respond to the students' needs.
There are students who have trouble with the English language. However, I see/read improper grammar and spelling in many student posts. Some students who have graduated from an English speaking high school and were born and raised in America, still have a problem with the language.
As for Everest not being accepted by prospective employers, perhaps there was another reason you weren't hired. I had no problem going to work in a reputable CPA firm during tax season between completing my AS and starting my BS.
Also, let me point out that there are problems with any school you might attend. While Everest is not perfect, I think it serves a great need in our society. I would say that you will reap what you sew in education. If you work hard, regardless of your classmates and teammates, you will get a quality education from Everest or any college you attend.
Finally, I cannot say whether the people who posted negative comments are being honest or not. But I do believe they are exaggerating a bit.