Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2018
"I would not recommend this school to anyone. They do a good job a misrepresenting themselves and seeming like they care about your education at first. I have a degree from a traditional college but wanted a degree in medical because I've been thinking about changing careers for a while. Since I work, I decided to try online and give UMA a shot. Big mistake. The staff does a really good job of sucking you in with their overly enthusiastic congratulations and well wishes. They're selling a product so of course the representatives seem positive and excited for you at first, almost to the point of being a bit pushy. Should have been a red flag there. After that everything gets worse. They call your phone several times a day back to back, even after you tell them you're busy and that you'll get back with them within the hour or during your free time. Constant emails are even worse. Family emergency? Sick child in the hospital? They don't care, they just want you to finish your financial information asap so they can get paid. While my child was in the hospital one of the reps called me and said "there's nothing you can do for them now", but asked could I "get online and go through fasfa" at that moment. Are they trained to be that insensitive when it comes to getting money out of you? Should have been another red flag that this "school" is only out for money. Many of their financial representatives are rude and sound either bored with their job or not wanting to help you. Maybe both. They wouldn't accept certain state grants for some reason so, if PELL grant didn't cover the cost, you either have to take out a loan or pay out of pocket. I was originally told that the program would cost $16,000 but later the cost changed to $26,000. Seriously, I have no idea where the extra $10,000 was coming from and they were adamant that this was always the price even though a summary and a rep at the beginning stating the cost at $16,000. For the price of UMA degrees, you're probably better off attending a local college or even a university. Thank goodness I was still in touch with my old college advisor. She laughed when I told her I had signed up with UMA and said their degrees are pretty much worthless and over priced(no kidding $26,000 for a $2,500-4,000 degree). She also told me the UMA has been known to take loans out in their students' names. No thanks. I only got into a week or so of class before I cancelled out, owing them nothing. From what I saw of the classes, it was basically independent study with the instructor popping in just to give out assignments and answer a few questions if you have trouble. Can't really talk in depth since I didn't stick around. All in all, I would say don't fall for anything this "school" promises. Take your money and go attended a local college it will save you a lot of time, money and hassle."