- Report: #380945
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Complaint Review: KAPLAN UNIVERSITY
KAPLAN UNIVERSITYWww.kaplan.edu Nationwide U.S.A.
KAPLAN UNIVERSITY FROM X-ADMISSIONS ADVISOR From an Admissions Advisors obvious. Any common sense will do... Nationwide
*Consumer Comment: Positive Kaplan Experience
*UPDATE Employee: Bitter X-advisors
*Consumer Comment: My Experience
*Consumer Comment: $1500 for an English Class? Say it ain't so Joe
*Consumer Comment: i respect your what you said, but as a student I have not had the experience you're talking about.
*Author of original report: Response to Brainwashed Ex-Employee's "Just Clearification" Comment
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: just a clarification
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: BE CAREFUL....ANDY ROSEN, GREG MARINO, AND SCOTT KILGORE ARE WATCHING YOU! :)
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Let me break it to you without any sales spin or candy coating...A College Education is not easy, cheap or unchallenging. You really need to ask yourself a question; "How gullible am I"? I sincerely respect you for the intent of pursuing a more formal education, but this is not a Dream come true, but rather a complete rip-off. You should really be asking yourself these questions: Why do I not need to show HS Transcripts? Why do I not need to take an entrance exam? Produce ACT/SAT scores for entrance? Sit for placement exams for English and math? Why is this college asking me to enroll without knowing anything about my prior education? Why are they asking for money?
Look everyone, there is no education which can be bought, or even promise any brighter future. Any respected University WILL have requirements for enrolment, and it will be more than a verbal HS Diploma, or GED Really, are you really that uneducated to realize that something sounds too good. Well it's not good at all and this will cost you pride, time, energy and most of all the drive for a real education.
There is nothing at Kaplan, or its affiliates, which will help most of you!!!
I WAS an Admissions Advisor for this company and I can honestly say that this is a very professional SALES Organization. There are literally 1,400 telemarketers (Admissions Advisors) that are rather well trained to do one thing: Tell you a story about your dream coming true and how all your worries will disappear with an education from Kaplan. Oh, and of course collect the $95 tuition deposit. I left this company for the simplicity that I could not believe the lack of ethics. The people on the phones make from just under $30,000 annually up to $80,000. This is based on the number of Admission STARTS per 6 month period. In that the government provides funding to the students in the form of Financial Aid and Grants, this position cannot be commission based. But in fact it is completely based on production.
While I was working there I heard so many half-truths to outright lies. From saying that there are two attorneys arguing in front of the Supreme Court right now to The government grants our students special funding options because of our high graduation rate and quality of education. These are complete outright lies and you are about to spend $60,000 on an education worth less than $15,000 at any of your instate colleges. DO NOT SPEND THIS MONEY AT KAPLAN! The government will subsidize this loan for you at any of your instate colleges and universities. There is nothing special going on at Kaplan and many of your local universities will offer Online classes as well.
The classroom is more like reading a book on your computer. Really, why not just buy the book for $40 and CLEP, College Level Examination Process, out of it for $100. I wish I could personally close this place down because of the individual lives they ultimately destroy. I cannot believe this is legal.
Why do you think they have 8 digit extension numbers for the Admissions Advisors? Don't be foolish and accept their random explanations. I heard a colleague actually explain to the student that we have 8 digit extensions because, I have international Students. Really guys! What difference would that make? But it's really unreal the quality of students enrolling here. They are not educated and are desperate for change. But don't leave your brain at the door. Be skeptical and ask for clarity if your questions are not answered.
Many of these Admission Advisors will tell you that they hold a Bachelors Degree. Honestly most of them can't even spell Bachelors. They will tell you how a degreed individual will make $20k-$25K more a year than a non-degreed individual. This is supported by the Dept of Education, or so they say. Well ask them this, If that's true and you have a Degree, why are you making only $30,000? Seriously. This is such a scam.
Please read below. This is the script used to SELL you a $60,000 nightmare. And don't even get me going on the 180 credit hours needed for a Bachelors degree instead of 120 at any other college, including Harvard. Don't get me started on how they will NOT give you a favorable transfer on credits from other universities, because they absolutely will not. I had a lady wanting to come to school online and I told her that I think she should know what will transfer in PRIOR to spending a dime on looking into Kaplan. See, Kaplan wants you to start prior to looking at your transcripts so that when you're told that less than 10% will transfer over you will not leave because you are already in dept $3,500 for TWO CLASSES! Really, $3,500 for 2 classes that cost less than $500 at any local college.
Do not let them tell you that books cost $500-$1000 per term at other colleges. I have a Bachelors degree and I never spent more than $90 on any book or lab. Not to mention there are so many ways to get discounted school books now that you never have to pay retail.
Most of the students I spoke to could not come up with a mere $95 to enroll. This was a tremendous frustration in that I am educated enough to complete a sane thought. But to expect to receive $60,000 for an education and you cannot even drum up $95. Well heck, this may just be the right p-lace for you after all. And I mean that very sarcastically. You are ALL smart enough to know better.
For those who do enroll; I truly believe that they do not realize that the $60,000 is student loans will in fact be due by them and it will need to be paid back. Also, a student loan is NOT DISCHARBILE in a bankruptcy procedure. This too is a lie I heard Admissions Advisors state, Get this FREE money. What do you have to lose? And if you have to pay it back, just file a Bankruptcy. After all, they can take away your debt, but not your diploma. Unreal all. Really!
Have fun reading this Script, and you can follow right along as a Kaplan University Advisor calls you.
(Sorry this is so sloppy, but the following script had to be converted from another program to list it here)_________________________________________________________
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