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This "college" is a joke. They will have MANY technical issues the day u try and take your final. It took me over 6 months to pass one class because of technical issues on thier side. To add to it, if u dont pass the class in their allotted amount of time they will charge you even when it's not your fault that you have not passed the class yet. The study material is not related to the finals as well. The "teachers" are a joke too. I was in a class for two months before being told that I was missing the correct study material. Apparently, the material posted for the class was wrong and the teacher had the correct guides, but I was never informed and only found out after failing the final and realizing that the questions did not even match what I was given. But don't worry, they still charged me to do a retake. So many bad things to say about this university that I could go on for weeks.
This place is awful. Not worth any hard-earned money. If you have literally any other option, take it. Mixed communication, wrong information, and absolutely zero professionalism. I could not be more disappointed with our experience with WGU and would never recommend this program to anybody. Everyone from the "mentors" to financial aid showed zero care for the student and were never proactive in improving any situation. I don't typically leave reviews, but I would hate for anyone else to have to go through what we did. What a shame.
Please read what others say about this school for their Accounting Degree. It is so true that the support for the required classes are just not there. You are basically teaching yourself these concepts. Reading horrible textbooks, listening to what they call "cohorts" that are a joke with little to no value in the content. The Course Mentors or Instructors or whatever they are calling them this month are really just not very helpful. Remember that old saying, "You get what you pay for" because it is so true here for this degree program. If I could do it again, I would be at a brick and mortar school for this type of degree. I just PRAY I can get my last 9 courses done so I can be done with this place!
BEWARE THEY WILL TELL YOU WAHTEVER YOU WANT TO HEAR TO GET YOU ENROLLED. Nothing about this program is competency based. They give you task for each subject and basically say good luck. The instructors who are supposed to help you are not allowed to even see whats on the test only the areas in which your struggling this makes it very hard to know what your missing. The writing sections for WGU are even worse! They don't care how well the paper is written rather just if the questions are answered it makes NO sense TASKSTREAM is a JOKE! BEWARE BEFORE STARTING WGU WASTE OF MONEY!!
Avoid if you need weekend or night support. Every bit of staff works bankers hours. They post "office schedules" where they claim to be available until 7 or 8p. They never are. They tell you theres a group mailbox to email if you need help. In my entire tenure, never has anyone responded to that mailbox. Complain and you get a "you can do it" sympathy email and it dies there. You're held to STRICT communication policy. Staff may or may not be there during their posted hours. Especially if its late or weekends. Good for bankers hours, terrible for anything else.
You get the education you pay for. If you are looking for something cheap and fast, this is the school for you. If you are looking for a quality education that will help you succeed in your future career, this is not for you. If you like templates and mass emails this is for you, If you like like a personal experience, skip this one. While I got the degree, I am really behind the eightball in relation to my new peers who got a more quality education. You decide what is best for you. I am now going back and taking additional classes to help me succeed.
Look into their learning model and make sure it works for you. It's low interaction with faculty, and its just writing papers and improving feedback. The grading isn't really on a normal scale and it seems like you just need to write more in your papers for them to be accepted. I am only taking a few classes. I had to make up a lot of information to meet standards on the papers because the instructors would say that I missed something when in reality, nothing like that has applied to me in my life. This isn't a good approach. I don't know how a school with this education model got accreditation. I put 2019 for grad year but didn't graduate since that was not my intention, but I was forced to pick something.
It is really easy to be admitted to WGU. However, the financial aid department is ridiculous. They waste youre time and ask for paperwork other schools dont. They have no idea what the actual FASA requirements are, thus they make their rules more strict to counter their ignorance. Seems like most financial aid advisors dont have a clue! Moreover, it seems they seek to deny or delay financial aid for no apparent reason. This was my experience as well as my wifes. When my wife complained about this in writing, financial aid responded by dropping her financial aid application the following day! My advice is to not waste a semester trying to get financial aid when any other reputable university will happily assist you. After all, its youre money and your purchasing a service. WGU is just unorganized as a whole and have a poor business model.
I needed additional finantial assistance and thought Going to school was going to be a great way for me to supplement my income. I later found out WGU has what they call the responsible borrowers initiative. Which In a nut shell If you have already over X amount of dollars in student loan debt they will not allow you To borrow loans. I believe That it should be the student's choice if they need to borrow student loans not the schools. This is pretty frustrating for me because I'm a single mom and I needed additional finantial help while I was studying. If I woulda known that I was going to be opted in to This program that does not allow you to borrow student loans I would have never attended the school. If you have any financial need and you already have loans do not go to this school because they will limit you on what you can borrow I wish I would have found a review online that informed me of this.
These people are only nice when you're enrollment process. When you are enrolled and already have some semester down, they own you forever. These people are helpless and careless. They know that if you try to leave, no other school will take your WGU classes. If you have the money trust me, don't use this school.