This year my 20 year old son participated in online classes at Full Sail University. He began classes over the summer of 2011. Upon registering him in an accredited music school where I also attended, I learned that Full Sail had taken all of his Direct Student Loans and pell grant for the entire 2011-2012 budget.
In an attempt to resolve the issue, after literally weeks on the phone, I was asked to send over the information surrounding the circumstances. The information I sent over got me nowhere. Today, I contacted the Better Business Bureau to add myself to the 22 complaints previously filed against the school.as well as the ombudsman group for the Department of Higher Ed. I have spent several hours on the phone trying to stop Direct Loans form disbursing any Additional funds to this school.
As it stands now, my son has no financial aid for the upcoming 2012 spring semester because Full Sail took it two months before the spring semester begins. I would advise anyone looking to attend Full Sail to be very careful when reading their policies prior to admissions to make sure this does not happen to you or your child. Please note that I never signed any financial aid documents to the department of financial aid at Full Sail which would allow them to apply pell grant money for my dependent son into escrow at their institution. Having the monies in their account allows them to draw interest my son's student loan money if they chose, while my continues to accrue interest.
I will say one thing positive about what I have learned from one of their graduates however. A couple of months ago, one of my students to me to a local club to talk with his cousin who recently graduated from Full Sail. Although he was not working in his field through job placement assistance from the university, he did make me one h**l of a hamburger!!!!!
When considering this school you should look at their own website.....http://fullsailuniversityreviews.blogspot.com/ why would any school find it necessary to put on their own website.."Is Full Sail University a scam" if they did not have such a bad reputation. Good thing I know the owner of that club my friend took me to. Thanks to Full Sail University my son just may end up needing a burger flipping job to pay back the student loan money they took from him.
Standard practices for accredited universities take the 2012 pell grant and student loan disbursements in 2012. Make sure to contact, Fafsa, Direct Loans, the Ombudsmen group at 877-557-2575 and the U.S Department of Institutional Compliance 404-974-9303 if you feel like you have been misled or fraudulently been taken advantage by any institution of higher education. These people must be stopped from ending our kids college dreams!!!