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.