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Furure Kaplan University students...please head my warning! This "for profit" college is a scam! I have already given my review of the school previously, but here's something very important you all need to know!!! Their Financial Aid Dept. will tell you that "6 months after you graduate, you will have to begin paying back your student loans. The payments should be about $50-$85 per month." That's not a crazy amount of money for most people to set aside from their budget for a bill....right? WRONG! I graduated on October 10th, 2016. My first bill/demand letter showed up in my mail box on October 11th, 2016!!! Exactly 24 hours after I graduated they started hitting me up for repayment. AND...it was not a $50-$85 payment that tbey were requesting. My first bill was for $413.26!!!! They lie and tell you whatever they have to in order to get touito enroll. The student advisor who originally spoke to you on the phone gets a commission for fish hooking you. So, if you like being someone else's bait fish, stick around and get caught on their line. (Line of BS) Please don't let these scam artists take you for a ride. Please read my previous post to find out more about this bogus school. And NO, I'm not trash talking KU because I was displeased with my grades...I maintained a 4.O GPA and graduated with every Presidential Honor they have to offer.
I attended one term with Kaplan online, and I had a balance of $401.00. I was unable to pay this right after Christmas and being a single mother I was not able to start the next term. So I had to withdrawal! They would not work with me and told me to take out a personal loan. They also said to try some scholarship sites to see if I would qualify for any. That was their advice. They state they are there to help us with our goals and make our dreams come true. I am going to school so that I do not have to be on welfare and to be able to support myself and family. It is sad they would not work for me to pay that small amount of money. I do not recommend this school to no one and will let anyone know that they did not care me personally, which means they will not care about anyone else personally.
Horrible school. Teachers barely grade work so its hard to keep up with your grades. As students we depend on financial aid to get us through our school times. However Kaplan University could care less about their students and withhold financial aid many of the times paying only after the semester is almost finished or done. While attending Kaplan I was almost kicked out of my apartment twice for non-payment. And I am a military student so this is ridiculous. It didn't happen once or twice it has happened 4 consecutive semesters. Their systems are old and outdated and direct deposit is not even an option. Do yourself a favor and find another school their programs may be great but their service to students sucks.
Kaplan is an okay school. They make many resources available to their students for extra help like tutoring and a library. Some instructors are very helpful and obviously care about your success, and there are other instructors that just do the minimum, and you have to really find resources to get answers to questions. Overall, I got what I needed out of it.
I not sure how much longer I will stick with Kaplan. I feel its very shady and a big lie, Nobody cares about your success . All they want is money. I began in 2014 after an advisor called me, I was initially enrolled with another university and was about to start my class there. Kaplan called and offered the same course for lower tuition and lesser duration,so I decided to go with Kaplan. Since I did my bachelors from a foreign university I asked them several times if anymore paper work is required before I started, I was in my country at the time and told them I can get it immediately if needed. They said everything is good and all I need is to just start the class.. After the fist semester , they asked for a new evaluation for which I will have to go back to my country to sent the papers directly, This made me loose 2 years of my life. My other friends who started with me in the other university already finished their course. now that I have my papers, i am back with Kaplan but now they need pre reqs which would take another 2 semesters to finish. I am sure they will find something else after that. I am also denied my scholarship since they call me a drop out from my initial enrollment. I tried explaining the whole story, not even one member apologized and made me feel like I did wrong . I'm really upset, im posting this so that future students are aware of this trap and wont suffer like me. I'm not sure if I will continue with Kaplan, I don't feel comfortable to be associated with an institution that's a lie and all about money .
Just started my second quarter, I also was hesitant because of all the negative reviews I read. If you're doing a portfolio for credit I suggest you complete that before you enroll, get all those credits and know where you stand (up to 75% of your degree). The classes have been challenging but not overwhelming. You have to be committed, but the online environment is good. I have taken online before and never have I had so much support through a class. From the library to the writing seminars, tutors and paper review help. I will write again when I graduate but I am glad I made this leap of faith.
All they want is money. You leave this school with no real academic standing or insight or knowledge into your field of study. For those who are saying that others did not apply themselves, I say to that I did. The people on here that are giving out good ratings for this school probably work for the school. Ha, laugh out loud. If a school is not accredited by the ABA, do not attend it. It will be a waste or your time and money.
I signed up to attend a class here to get one of my insurance licenses. After paying over 300.00, and attending a partial day of class and realizing that this was unnecessary, I called Kaplan to get a refund. They changed their policy over the phone from what it states on their website, and only issued my 80.00 back. They are absolute crooks. I will never attend any courses and this "school" again. I warn others as well. I also never received my books or materials that I originally ordered and paid to have shipped one day over-night to me.
I had a good experience while finishing my degrees at Kaplan. Just like any school, you get out of it what you put into it. It is a private University so the grading system is a bit easier than a public institution. I have improved my skills and my career since attending Kaplan. the professors were great. I could ask them questions whether in it were academic or professional in nature.
For me, I had no problems with any of my professors. The school and program setup is like this: There are online discussions that you are required to participate in. Usually, these have to be at least 500 words or more, and must contain real substance. For the assignments, they range anywhere from 5-10 pages of research, to going through hands on labs. There is no reason why you cant apply yourself, read the material, do the research, learn from the labs, and build up skills and a portfolio to show prospective employers. So, those that are saying the school or education isnt good, it reflects poorly on the students themselves. A masters degree is about research and personal dedication. You barely even need Kaplan, or any school for that matter, to produce quality work (so, just think about that). We used books most other universities use. The only issue I saw at Kaplan was that they allowed mediocre work from some students to slide by. But, once again, the student needs to be responsible and make the most of their time. Overall, Kaplan was a good choice, mostly because the professors were above average. My advice if you attend Kaplan, make your posts a 1000+ words of research. For the research papers, I recommend doing 15-20 pages for each assignment. The final project/thesis, do 60-70 pages of research. Create an online portfolio to display your projects, skills, and things you learned.