Northcentral University Northcentral University poses itself as Online University but really Correspondence school Online University Arizona
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*Consumer Comment: Technology fee ripoff? Yes, they got me too. :(
I took one class at Northcentral University with the idea that it would actually be an Online University. My company paid top dollar for the class of Organizational Behavior and this was actually a Correspondence school.
There was no teaching going on at all at this so called online school. They pose themself as online but you don't get online and listen to any lectures or have any online meetings at all for your class. So what am I paying 400 dollars or more a credit for? They have so called mentors that are supposed to be there to help you. They are not instructing at all because all they do is grade a paper you send in to them. That is another reason I find this to be a rip off. I bought the book for the class and find out I have to write about eight papers to pass the class. I didn't even have to read the book to pass this graduate class. All I had to do was go online and print off some topics and paraphrase to how this relates to my work life to pass this class. So I have to say my education dollars didn't get very far. They did not teach me one thing about organizational behavior.
It gets better. During the semester which started in November they decided to charge a technology fee of 90.00. This fee was implemented in January of 2008 and my class ended like January 14th. This fee was implemented after I enrolled in my course and they were intent on charging me this fee rip off fee even though I was not going to take anymore classes. My academic advisor said I wouldn't have to pay this if I didn't take anymore classes. Guess what they were intent on charging this fee.
I decided not to take anymore classes and they decided that they were going to charge me 50 dollars to withdraw from the University? I ask you folks what am I paying for? Why should I have to pay 50 dollars because I was dissatisfied with this correspondence school? I decided to fight this charge to no avail and two letters to my house saying they would take action if not paid. I decided to write the CEO of the company. He put me off for four days saying he had to review my records. What did have to review as I already paid for my class and only took one? He was intent on charging me the 50 dollar fee as this was fair to him. He said it was in the handbook. I sure didn't get a copy of the handbook when I enrolled. They said it was online. I guess you have to read everything in fine print if you go to school here.
The accounting department said they would waive the technology fee and the CEO came back and said I had to pay a pro rated portion of this rip off fee. I have an email in hand saying the technology fee would be waived and he trumped that and charged me more. So I was ripped off again. If I were to take action on this I believe I would win because of the email from accounting saying it was waived. I decided to finally pay the 57.50 so they would not take my account to collections even though I was very dissatisfied and ripped off. This University did not teach me at all . I have no idea how they got accredited. Please be aware of all the details before enrollling here at this so called online University. Thank you
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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