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  • Submitted: Fri, February 01, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, February 01, 2013

  • Reported By: Ozark Tx2 — Ozark Missouri United States of America
FMU/Everest
3924 Coconut Palm Dr. Tampa/Brandon, Florida United States of America

FMU/Everest Corinthian College MISREPRESENTATION - RIPOFF- DEGREES ARE WORTHLESS - STEALING MONEY Tampa/Brandon, Florida

*Author of original report: Response to Speak the Truth

*General Comment: CCI/Everest University is Accredited

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From day one when I started at FMU/Everest/ CCI in 2007, I knew something wasn't right.  I could never find information that was favorable to them but had already invested time and energy into something that meant a lot to me. 
I really began to look into things when I would see all these student loan statements come in from the government and then statements equally as high from CCI, Genesis and ACS.  I have more money tied up in two degrees that mean absolutely nothing. 
I started to question financial aid and got into several heated arguments with many of the staff in their "financial aid" dept.  At one point I quit school but was forced to go back in order to keep my student loans in deferment.  I was blacklisted from the school and removed from the mentor program because I started to uncover what was really going on and they did not like it.  I posted my findings on the Everest Paralegal page on Facebook and got bombarded with hundreds of messages from students who were in the same boat and felt totally helpless.  Everest removed me immediately from the website and deleted the thread.  They then started to call me and tell me to back off or else.  I had two people constantly on me and one in financial aid who tried to plead their case.  Brian Walker, John Ware, Ameenah Grant, and Cy Lee were all on me. 
I am a paralegal who has worked in this field for awhile.  The degree was for personal satisfaction not for experience in my field.  I could have taught the classes a lot better than some of the teachers they have hired.  When they called for "updates" or work verification, they would ask me how my classes pertained to my job?  I said that they really didn't as I had been in the field and that it was personal goal for me.  Hung up on each time.  I know for a fact there is a false report out there that compares jobs and income due to having one of these worthless degrees that is fabricated and a gross misrepresentation for the poor students coming in that believe the scam.  They have to be stopped and made to pay for all the lies and misleading information that leave people in debt for degrees that are as worthless as toilet paper.  I AM PISSED!!  I want them to pay for what they have done and hear firsthand that when you try to go on for, let's say a law degree, your Associates and Bachelors mean nothing and you basically have to start over with an accredited school, which FMU/Everest/CCI are not accredited.  Believe me when I say this, they will back peddle and make you seem like an idiot once you bring this fact up and convince you otherwise.  They are NOT accredited!! 
Beware and save your money by going to a reputable school.  You can tell by some of the people in the classes with you that it is a diploma mill and that they will truly let anyone in to get your money and governmemt aid. 

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/01/2013 08:53 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/FMUEverest/TampaBrandon-Florida-33619/FMUEverest-Corinthian-College-MISREPRESENTATION-RIPOFF-DEGREES-ARE-WORTHLESS-STEALIN-1007605. 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 Author of original report

Response to Speak the Truth

AUTHOR: Ozark Tx2 - ()

Hence your name, that is what needs to be done, which is not happening.  I don't care that they are a career school, that is NOT how they represent themselves at all.  They tell you what you want to hear only to find out what they state is not remotely true.  Deceptive practices lead to forums like this to educate others before they fall prey to the same.  They need to stop misrepresenting and tell the truth of what "their" degrees mean not embellished, inflated, not-even-close to truths.  What I wrote happened to me, which I not only found unprofessional but downright rude and unethical.  Rather than explain why they say the things they do, they chose to hang up on me each time, blacklist me, remove me from forums I was asked to join, and harass me via phone and email.  Everest Online is not accredited and the degrees hold no merit, value or advancement.  Just paper and a stack of student loans to choke someone.  

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CCI/Everest University is Accredited

AUTHOR: SpeakTheTruth - ()

I just wanted to add that Everest University and all schools owned and operated by Corinthian College are indeed accredited. The poster of this report is not correct regarding this school located in Florida (or any other location).

The Everest University campuses in Florida are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, and Master's degrees.  

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

I see people incorrectly stating this often. Any college of university that is able to award financial aid through the government must be accredited. These schools are considered career schools and their credits are not meant to transfer to traditional colleges or universities. This is something that students should research before starting a program so they are not surprised when their credits do not transfer. it is public information. If you start at a career school, you should not plan to transfer to another school with a different type of accreditation. Please do your research before signing an enrollment agreement.

Being dissatified with your school or program is not a valid reason for not paying back your student loans. The government and taxpayers loaned you this funding and you are required to pay it back.

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