I found this website this morning and after reading other people's issues with the University of Phoenix, it was like De Ja'Vu . I am a current student at the U of P and greatly wish I had found this site before enrolling.
From the very beginning I have been misled, lied to and given incomplete information. When I first enrolled, I was told (even though I thought I was only transferring in 9 credits, which later turned out to be 13), that I would be able to finish my degree in 2 1/2 years. It wasn't until I had nearly finished my first class that I ever heard the word CLEP and found out that I would have to take and pass 30 hours of CLEP exams, otherwise it would take me over 4 years to finish my degree!
I made a point of telling my enrollment advisor that I was concerned about getting financial aid because I could not afford any out of pocket expenses, even for books. She asssured me that I would have no problem getting financial aid, because when applying for student loans, credit history wasn't checked. Well, either she is completely stupid, or she was outright lying to me! So far, I have only gotten a Stafford loan, and have been turned down for every other loan I have applied for.
I was told that while classes were only 5 weeks long, that during that 5 weeks, we did the work at our leisure. Again, she's either stupid or lying! You have to be in class, posting, 5 out of 7 days a week! Even their television ads are miss leading! They also make consumers think they can do the classes at their leisure.
During my first class, I could never get the instructor to respond to questions and he never participated in class discussions. As for the team learning concept, that sucks! There were 4 on my team and only two of us did any work! Also, during my first class, my financial and academic advisors where changed three times!
After that class, because the experience had been so bad, I decided to take the maximum allowable time off between classes, which is 29 days. I recently began my second class, but have had to withdrawal because of a continued illness. In trying to find out what I needed to do to withdrawal, I have had to drag information out of my academic and financial advisor a little at a time. They never give complete information.
At this time, I have decided that it is time to get out before I get even farther in debt, which I can't afford. I'm very interested to know if there are any class action lawsuits against U of P that I can get involved with. This university must be stopped!