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  • Submitted: Tue, February 21, 2006
  • Updated: Wed, May 31, 2006

  • Reported By:Savannah Georgia
AIU ONLINE
www.aiuonline.com Hoffman Estates, Illinois U.S.A.

AIU ONLINE ripoff Hoffman Estates Illinois

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: AIU Rip Offs

*Consumer Comment: student update

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: AIU online's accreditation through SACS

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: AIU online's accreditation through SACS

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: AIU online's accreditation through SACS

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: AIU online's accreditation through SACS

*Consumer Comment: I fail to understand the complaint

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Well where does one begin when he is overwhelmed by all the negative and some positve posting about AIU ONLINE. Yes, I was pressure more or less to try this online school. I must say my intial web search on the school did not really produce much negativity. Then again I may not have look in all the right places to get a overall picture. Now after taking 3 classes, (which I withdraw for personal reasons.) I started to get calls after calls about "how was I going to pay?"

Well first off people these same people pushed me to get a student loan for $10,000 dollar which turns out to be like half of "their charges" how convenient. Which as it stands today I found out just the other day (february 18, 2006) my student loans are still active after I withdraw back in July of 2005. interesting stuff. I still have not heard from the student loan people.

I realize, before anyone comments, the student loan does give you 6 months to start paying back, but I still have TWO loans taken out. I should only owe on the first one since I left school before the "fall semester". So what is my point to this posting. The only reason I looked into all this was due to a e-mail I received for a former student trying to get people to help petition towards a lawsuit.

Now I have no problem with such acts, but really people do you realize the uphill climb and roadblocks (yes there will be many) to overcome and the time you are asking people to take out of their everyday life to "jump on the bandwagon". To the ones willing to do so I wish you the best and all the luck may it turn out fruitful for you.

I'll get my strength from the LORD above. I did not like the tactics AIU used to "con" me into taking the few classes. Please understand I'm not sideing with anyone. I will deal with this pitfall at my own pace. I'll say for the record that I do not plan on paying anything and will handle the student loans on my own to correct it. I also sent a letter to one of the "so-called" advisors of my plans and refusing to pay. I just felt compelled after reading all these postings on the AIU school.

It is a sad thing that people (AIU ownership) use the law to their advantage to "pry" on people who take education seriously. So for all you who will pursue the "lawsuit avenue" Best of luck and may God Bless you. For the people who worked or have worked at the school that try to "rally" up good thoughts and feelings about the school take heed to my previous comment about a sad thing you are just as guilty as they are.

Shame on you. Now if anyone who reads this feel compelled to "complain" about me or this posting just remember "people can talk all they want, it is the stronger person who rises above, who will ultimately prevail" Good luck to all, good day, and GOD bless.

Wesley l.
Savannah, Georgia
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/21/2006 08:03 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/AIU-ONLINE/Hoffman-Estates-Illinois/AIU-ONLINE-ripoff-Hoffman-Estates-Illinois-177416. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 REBUTTAL Individual responds

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AUTHOR: Cecelia - (U.S.A.)

This is the first Univeristy I have attended other than community college. I must say that I am 2 classes away from a BS and am seriuosly considering dropping now.

The last instructor I had for 2 classes, has accused me of cheating something I would never do. How the hell do you cheat online?

The instructor didn't care for woman ad therefore tried his darnest to fail us. I think that the dean sees that the instructor is a problem.

All my papers were handed in at least 5 days before they were due, so I couldn't possibly cheat. I think that this University needs to reconsider the caliber of professors they need to hire.

I think they want me to take the class again, for more money that is. I think they do this alot. I got an A on every paper, but he (the instructor) is determined for payback. He claims he couldn't change grades, which I called the school and they said he could and he in a chat (lecture) said we didn't read the assignment which was calling us stupid for not reading. I think AIU has some serious work ahead of them and I will write this wherever I can.
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#2 Consumer Comment

student update

AUTHOR: Wesley L. - (U.S.A.)

Well I see a couple of people responded to my posting. First off while I think of it, to the one who rebuted me about the student loan pay back if you read my posting I mentioned:

"will handle the student loans on my own to correct it."

meaning I'll take care of it on my own. I meant I'll pay no more back then the outstanding student loan. AIU will not intimidate me to pay any extra. I've been in contact with the student loan people and we are good to go on how it will be handled. By the way, AIU still had some loans pending under my name for disbursment. While talking to the student loan people I was able to cancel them. So as you can see:

"I will deal with this pitfall at my own pace."

To the ex-employee thanks for the info on the accreditation. You sound like someone who has a little sense of compassion. Not all people are cut out for "high-pressure" sales. Which when it come to that kind of job it can be touchy. So in closing, You can clearly see I've been handling AIU "my way".

Wesley L.
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

AIU online's accreditation through SACS

AUTHOR: Gina - (U.S.A.)

i recently quit from aiu-online. i was there for about 4 months. when i started the training things seemed great. i felt like i would be helping so many people change their life by giving them the oppurtunity to go to a school. the way they made aiu sound made me feel like i was working for a great company. they made me feel like i was doing good for others. after my first enrollment i was introduced to the process of "stitch-in". this was never mentioned in the week long training. i had to call my students everyday until they started school sucessfully. when i was doing stitch in i was told that i was not able to say anything about start dates, financial aid, the cost, or answer any questions regarding their interest in canceling. if they did request to cancel i was told that i had to "save" them. after about a week and a half of doing 1st calls, 2nd appointments, enrollments and stitch-in i started to feel like i was lying to these people.

i knew something that they wouldnt unless they researched, and a lot of these students were so busy it probably never came to them. aiu's accreditation was at stake. we actually had a meeting with the school's president about their accreditation and when they were going to review aiu again. aiu will be reviewed again by sacs in dec of 2006. at that time aiu will find out if their accreditation will be good or if it is revoked. if it is revoked students in classes that have not completed a degree will graduate with an unaccredited degree, but the students who have already graduated will be safe, their degree will be accredited but there is no guarantee that their degree will be recognized by employers or other schools. at that time it will be at their discretion. if you are considering going to school with aiu now i wouldnt risk it, you could be wasting 30 grand for a meaningless degree.
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#4 UPDATE EX-employee responds

AIU online's accreditation through SACS

AUTHOR: Gina - (U.S.A.)

i recently quit from aiu-online. i was there for about 4 months. when i started the training things seemed great. i felt like i would be helping so many people change their life by giving them the oppurtunity to go to a school. the way they made aiu sound made me feel like i was working for a great company. they made me feel like i was doing good for others. after my first enrollment i was introduced to the process of "stitch-in". this was never mentioned in the week long training. i had to call my students everyday until they started school sucessfully. when i was doing stitch in i was told that i was not able to say anything about start dates, financial aid, the cost, or answer any questions regarding their interest in canceling. if they did request to cancel i was told that i had to "save" them. after about a week and a half of doing 1st calls, 2nd appointments, enrollments and stitch-in i started to feel like i was lying to these people.

i knew something that they wouldnt unless they researched, and a lot of these students were so busy it probably never came to them. aiu's accreditation was at stake. we actually had a meeting with the school's president about their accreditation and when they were going to review aiu again. aiu will be reviewed again by sacs in dec of 2006. at that time aiu will find out if their accreditation will be good or if it is revoked. if it is revoked students in classes that have not completed a degree will graduate with an unaccredited degree, but the students who have already graduated will be safe, their degree will be accredited but there is no guarantee that their degree will be recognized by employers or other schools. at that time it will be at their discretion. if you are considering going to school with aiu now i wouldnt risk it, you could be wasting 30 grand for a meaningless degree.
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#5 UPDATE EX-employee responds

AIU online's accreditation through SACS

AUTHOR: Gina - (U.S.A.)

i recently quit from aiu-online. i was there for about 4 months. when i started the training things seemed great. i felt like i would be helping so many people change their life by giving them the oppurtunity to go to a school. the way they made aiu sound made me feel like i was working for a great company. they made me feel like i was doing good for others. after my first enrollment i was introduced to the process of "stitch-in". this was never mentioned in the week long training. i had to call my students everyday until they started school sucessfully. when i was doing stitch in i was told that i was not able to say anything about start dates, financial aid, the cost, or answer any questions regarding their interest in canceling. if they did request to cancel i was told that i had to "save" them. after about a week and a half of doing 1st calls, 2nd appointments, enrollments and stitch-in i started to feel like i was lying to these people.

i knew something that they wouldnt unless they researched, and a lot of these students were so busy it probably never came to them. aiu's accreditation was at stake. we actually had a meeting with the school's president about their accreditation and when they were going to review aiu again. aiu will be reviewed again by sacs in dec of 2006. at that time aiu will find out if their accreditation will be good or if it is revoked. if it is revoked students in classes that have not completed a degree will graduate with an unaccredited degree, but the students who have already graduated will be safe, their degree will be accredited but there is no guarantee that their degree will be recognized by employers or other schools. at that time it will be at their discretion. if you are considering going to school with aiu now i wouldnt risk it, you could be wasting 30 grand for a meaningless degree.
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#6 UPDATE EX-employee responds

AIU online's accreditation through SACS

AUTHOR: Gina - (U.S.A.)

i recently quit from aiu-online. i was there for about 4 months. when i started the training things seemed great. i felt like i would be helping so many people change their life by giving them the oppurtunity to go to a school. the way they made aiu sound made me feel like i was working for a great company. they made me feel like i was doing good for others. after my first enrollment i was introduced to the process of "stitch-in". this was never mentioned in the week long training. i had to call my students everyday until they started school sucessfully. when i was doing stitch in i was told that i was not able to say anything about start dates, financial aid, the cost, or answer any questions regarding their interest in canceling. if they did request to cancel i was told that i had to "save" them. after about a week and a half of doing 1st calls, 2nd appointments, enrollments and stitch-in i started to feel like i was lying to these people.

i knew something that they wouldnt unless they researched, and a lot of these students were so busy it probably never came to them. aiu's accreditation was at stake. we actually had a meeting with the school's president about their accreditation and when they were going to review aiu again. aiu will be reviewed again by sacs in dec of 2006. at that time aiu will find out if their accreditation will be good or if it is revoked. if it is revoked students in classes that have not completed a degree will graduate with an unaccredited degree, but the students who have already graduated will be safe, their degree will be accredited but there is no guarantee that their degree will be recognized by employers or other schools. at that time it will be at their discretion. if you are considering going to school with aiu now i wouldnt risk it, you could be wasting 30 grand for a meaningless degree.
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#7 Consumer Comment

I fail to understand the complaint

AUTHOR: Pam - (U.S.A.)

Where do people get the idea they only owe for their student loans if they finish college? When you take out student loans, you have to pay the money back. Period. Whether you choose to finish your education or not. And most colleges are going to charge you for any course you sat in for longer than one week. Some don't have any refund policy at all. After all, you took a seat in that class that they might have been able to put someone else in. Why should they refund your money?

When you have not paid back the student loans, of course the loan is still active. It makes no difference when you dropped out of school. More people need to understand the obligation they take on when they sign for a student loan. Most student loans are backed by the government. This means they CANNOT get out of it. Not even by declaring backruptcy. The government can attach tax refunds and wages to collect student loans if they choose.

Please understand your obligations before taking on this kind of debt. If you are not serious about staying in school, don't go into debt.
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