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I attended Kaplan University online over two years ago. I thought this was a great way for me to get my degree and still allow me to work full time to earn money. The admissions department was super nice and got me all signed up. During the classes I realized how unorganized this school actually was. At first I just assumed that this was a new school that was just starting out but I was in shock when I was told it wasn't. I didn't attend Kaplan for longer than a semester due to the fact I absolutely couldn't absorb any of the information that was being taught. Which I personally believe that I am just not meant for online schooling. While I was not totally in love with how the material was presented what makes me really angry is Kaplan's Finance department. Turns out over two years later while trying to get my transcripts I now owe Kaplan a total of $777, which I have to pay before they will release my transcripts. I don't have a problem paying the money but what no one at Kaplan will answer is why was I not contacted about this balance before. According to my account there I owe them $0 because February of last year they wrote of my debt to collections. Another thing they won't answer is to what collections agency? I am anal about checking my credit and have zero debt in collections at this time, I was baffled to see that I owed that much in collections and even more dumbfounded as to why I wasn't contacted by anybody for over a year. If you are late one a credit card payment they call you day and night how am I supposed to believe that they wouldn't call me about my balance. Trying to an answer out of these people is a joke. I have had at lest two people tell me that they will call me back and of course I get nothing. I call them I get transferred and hung up on. I absolutely would not recommend this college for the simple fact of they are seriously unorganized.
My experience with Kaplan Online University was great! I am old school and they held my hand every step of the way. They accepted a lot of my credits from my community college, gave me a scholarship because of my GPA, and yes I graduated with honors in Miami Florida!!!! I learned a lot, kept all of my books and ebooks which are helping me tremendously today. I never had one ounce of problem with my financial aid or obtaining any classes. It was smooth sailing all the way to Miami.
Kaplan was a good experience. I learn a lot, and it wasn't easy. It was not a short cut either. The courses were tough. I have read so many negative reviews about online degrees, but they came from people that attended the traditional brick and mortar schools. In the end it doesn't matter what school you go to. If you don't put effort and dedication, you will not accomplish much.
First of all, I loved all of my classes! Teachers are wonderful and helpful. My entire problem, and the reason that I wouldn't recommend this college is all because of their student accounts/financial assistance team. After my first semester I was told that I owe a total of $1,070 out of pocket. They gave me 3 weeks to pay or I would be forced to be locked out of classes until I paid. Being a working mother I obviously couldn't come up with that right away and had to skip a semester, next day the calls started, demanding payments immediately or I would be taken to collections. I set up a payment plan with them, but the following week (9 days before my first payment was due) I was told they had taken me to collections anyway because I was "at risk" of default. Unless you can afford to fork over large amounts of money at a time with no consequences, this school is not for you.
Like everything you get out of it what you put into it. Kaplan University was the perfect place to learn.The cost was very reasonable.Course load was manageable. Instructors were amazingly knowledgeable and incredibly attentive. My Database management degree has greatly helped me in my career. Kaplan courses focus on the topics that are important to employers .
I am currently going to Kaplan University- Davenport, IA (online). When I started with Kaplan I was told that the grants and loans would cover my entire degree plan. I found out 3 years into my degree that the funding was almost gone and now I have to pay out-of-pocket. I do not have any extra money to pay for school that was the main reason for applying for grants and loans. Furthermore, I am now being asked to cover $525 before this term is over or I will be blocked out of my next set of classes. I also found out that Kaplan has had a lawsuit for over $1 million dollars to refund loans and grants to 239 students. The school credits may not be transferable and you may not get a job or license with your degree, if you are able to finish your degree. I believe that Kaplan misued the funds and charged me for things that they should not have been charging me for like over $5000 in room and board, over $3000 in transportation, and over $2000 in personal items. Mind you i go to school online so i dont need room and board nor do i need transportation. This was/is one big rip off. Now i am over $60,000 in debt, i cannot possibly pay that back.
Kaplan wasnt a bad school, I did learn a lot. The career planning department was a waste of time, as they only called me once and sent two email of jobs that were all over the country! All of my necessary credits transferred to a state university so that was a major plus for me to continue on with another degree. If your not able to attend a brick and mortar school then this should be a considerable option.
Kaplan is over all a great school. They care about their students and communicate with students on a daily basis and are always available to help and answer any questions that the students have. Kaplan is all around a great school. Classes are once a week and assignments and projects are due at the end of the week. The online classrooms are easy to navigate. Staff is excellent, they share Their experience in there career and really care about the student. Kaplan is a great choice for those looking for hands on and a great learning experience.
Kaplan University on-line is great for employed, unemployed,military or those who love to work independently. The course work is manageable and the program staff are helpful. All necessaries are available. (Tutoring, instant messaging, e.t.c) Each course that I've completed were ten weeks; with one week breaks in between. Other than that the on-line aspect is pretty standard ( Syllabus, quizzes, exams, reports). Personally I loved the digital ability. Seminars, course material, assignment uploads, and all incentives were easy to manage. In the past I haven't been able to complete programs that I have enrolled in so, I am glad to say that I have successfully completed my two year degree plan with Kaplan University. From the time of entry to the time of completion my career advisor have been very supportive. She have observed my grades to keep me on the right track. She have called me during every course to get feed back, discuss course options and reviews. Pretty much my future plans were discussed as well. All my instructors were just as supportive.
I would definitely recommend this college. The curriculum was exactly what I needed for my field of study and I learned essential tools that I can implement into my professional occupation. The professors were very efficient and timely with feedback. Also, I loved the live seminars that we had once a week because there was an actual person talking to you and answering questions and concerns. Every Professor followed the syllabus and instructions were very clear on how to succeed here. This is an online school, so it should only be for self-motivated learners!