• Report: #678776

Complaint Review: Virginia College

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  • Submitted: Tue, January 04, 2011
  • Updated: Mon, April 02, 2012

  • Reported By: iDoll — Alabama United States of America
Virginia College
Internet United States of America

Virginia College Over charging, decietful, misleading BIRMNGHAM, Alabama, Internet

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: It is a Ripoff

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I'm currently in process of trying to get off their attendance roster due to the fact that they keep re-enrolling me WITHOUT my consent along with being retardedly expensive and wiggling around gving me a refund check. They ship books wthout even callng first!! I'm a busy adult and haven't had much time to sit and deal with the schedule the want me to adhere to. The student advisors are a joke! I tried to withdraw due to the fact I lost my job and was at the end of my lease, they threatened me with possibly being charged for the full term and having to pay them out of pocket. Then once my pell grant came in, they recalculated my budget so much until I wasn't even eligible to get the difference from my pell as a refund. They do everything utterly possble to keep students from receiving a refund. The rep Matt told me the do the budget with "the student in mind," which is total bullissh, because I needed a new computer to continue my classes and the only thing he suggested was the Advance Loan for, another pointless piece of paper which makes you have beg for money YOU have received from your loan company or pell grant. This form allows you to write exactly why you need money, an exact dollar amount of what the needed item costs and where you'll be purchasng the item from. Then you still have to wait for an approval and IF you're approved (mind you this money is whatever you have left over from loans/grants), you'll be issued the money in increments that could spread over the next year. Wdf good does that do me if I need money for a computer to go to class NOW? Virginia college does everything in their power to aviod giving you money that uncle sam has issued to you. Don't waste your money here. 14k for 6 months of school? What a way to be robbed. If you want to get a refund check, better not enroll here, plain and simple.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

It is a Ripoff

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

I agree that VC is a ripoff and they are crazy expensive but it seems that you do not quite understand what happened. Charges depend when you were about to withdraw. They can charge you a portion of the tuition depending on how long you stayed in classes, and they can charge the full amount of tuition after 7 weeks. This is normal with most schools. Another thing is that they charge so much you do NOT get your Pell grant back you can only get a small portion of your unsubsidized loan back. The average program there is around $4,380 each quarter (3 months). You only get a max of $1850 in pell (NOTHING IS LEFT, IN FACT YOU STILL OWE), $1500 (if you are a 2nd year student) in your subsidized loan, the remainder is your unsubsidized loan $2000. They want to minimize how much loans you take out because if too many students default on their student loans, they get closer to losing government funding (Pell grants, and loans) which will eventually shut them down if Gainful Employment doesn't do it first. 

All schools split up funds over an award period that could be a year (semester schools) or 9 months (quarterly schools). The government does not issue money in one payment so how can a school? The main reasons why for-profit schools can take advantage of people is because they have no concept of financial responsibility. A 15-month certificate there will cost you $22,000 and if you graduate you will only make about $9 or $10 hourly. Why do you need to take out extra loan money on top of that?! How will you pay it back?! It's the government's money it's accruing interest everyday. People can go to a community college where their Pell grant usually pays for everything but they go to these colleges because it's easy and they get a small check back. It's bankrupting this county and it's pathetic.
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