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Complaint Review: New Horizons School

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  • Submitted: Tue, January 30, 2007
  • Updated: Fri, June 15, 2007

  • Reported By:Ormond Beach Florida
New Horizons School
7757 W. Flagler Street Miami, Florida U.S.A.

New Horizons School stole money to the tune of 16,000.00 Miami Florida

*Author of original report: Satisfaction

*Consumer Comment: It's a common practice.

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This school was paid in full prior to my son ever finishing the first course. In regular college you pay as you go not 2 years in advance. Plus my son received an 8,000.00 scholarship too. Which I think they added into the loan. Not legal.

We were told the only way to enroll was through SLM Financial/Sallie Mae.

This was a personal loan; however, no place in the contract does it say the financial corporation listed above (a public company) was to pay the school in full immediately after signing the contract.

Also in this contract it mentions the money can be used for living expenses and the money never touched our hands and went directly to New Horizons Miami. So how on earth could we have used it if we needed it.

we are not the only people taken advantage of by this school and it seems they have some deal going on with the Sallie Mae Corp/SLM Financial Corp. I have the CEO's name and number, I have been leaving voice mail daily for all the executives.

Our attorneys told us to contact the media in Miami, I did that and have not heard a word from any of the stations and the Miami Herald who wrote an article about me and my consumer work.

So this is a short summary of what is going on I have been dealing with this daily.

I hope to hear from you or Ed soon,

Ormond Beach, Florida

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

I am pleased to say that my problem with New Horizons has been resolved. New Horizons, South Florida did provide Michael with high quality technical training that has been valuable and useful in pursuit of his chosen career. It has provided him with a good foundation in Information Technology. We are pleased with the final outcome.

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#2 Consumer Comment

It's a common practice.

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

Unfortunately what you are describing is a common practice in this industry and New Horizons is one of the more reputable players. (Reputable being a relative term.) At least they have been around for a while and shouldn't disappear without warning.

They get the money up front knowing that most of the students will not complete the courses. But even if you do not finish, you are still liable for the full amount of the loan.

Worse than that they get people to enroll by promising them that they will get their MCSE or CCNA and then get a job paying $6o - $80K a year. As someone who works in the industry I can tell you that the promise is a misrepresentation. Yes MCSE's make that kind of money, but an MCSE is not an entry level certification. It can actually keep you from getting a job if you don't have the years of experience to go with it.

If your son wants to work in this business he needs to get a Net+ Certification and an Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in Windows XP Pro, and look for a job as a PC tech, preferably in a small shop like a community bank or a real estate company. Then he can build his experience and credentials to move up and get more certifications as they are appropriate.

Finally, stay away from these for profit schools. Your best bet is to go to a community college for this stuff. It takes longer but at least you get a good foundation and credits that are transferable, so you have something to build on for your time and money. With an AA from a community college and maybe an internship he'll have something that employers look for.

The states (or God forbid the Feds) need to move in a regulate these "Career Loans". At the least they need to make it illegal for SLM to give the money directly to the schools.
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