• Report: #351489

Complaint Review: Westwood College

  • Submitted: Tue, July 15, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, July 23, 2008

  • Reported By:Perry Hall Maryland
Westwood College
westwood.edo Chicago,Denver,Dallas Everywhere, Illinois U.S.A.

Westwood College ,Westwood College is a Crock and they're Rip-offs!!!! Chicago,Denver,Dallas Illinois

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Jerome, wake up

*UPDATE Employee: We aren't vultures!!!

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Westwood College is absolutely full of Crap.They take advantage of people who want to further their education (even if they don't have the funds to do so) by using loop holes, talking in riddles, and trying to force you to apply for a million different loans to pay for your tuition...(Which you'll probably end up dropping out and still be in serious debt....)

The admissions officers or whatever they call themselves CLAIM that they only want to help you and even if you choose not to attend their facility they still want to help you.WRONG!!!!These people are VULTURES and they only want you to sign your soul away into debt.

They never Focused on what I wanted to do,they only focused on which loan we were going to sign up today.Me being the young and naive person that I am and being attracted to the quick pace of finishing school with a great degree I believed them.Within the little amount of over a month they had already swindled me into applying for about four or five different loans.They would harrass my phone and call all the time telling me I need to fill out this loan by this week and blah blah blah.It just started getting irritating.I finally opened my eyes when they tried to convince my mother to apply for the parent plus loan even though I live with neither one of my parents(also one has bad credit,and I don't communicate with the other) and she refused to do it because she said they are only trying to put me under pressure.They made it seem like IT was life and death,she has to sign up for it or else.I was working with about three representitives at the time.

Things started getting really fishy when I would call every single one them multiple times a day(because they harrassed my phone) and nobody would ever pick up.So finally I reached a different one that I have never worked with before and I used it to my advantage.He spilled the beans and told me THAT IT WOULD COST 15,000 dollars per ACADEMIC SEMESTER which there were five of them.My original counselors never briefed me on that.So basically to Get my Degree it WOULD COST 75,000$.SO I asked him what would happen with the loans and he told me I would have to keep applying for them every academic term(and PILE ABOUT 18% INTEREST on there)....HHAAAA LMAO....ARE THESE PEOPLE SICK IN THE HEAD OR WHAT???

1.I called the lenders for the loan and told them to cancel every single one that was in certification.I also want my application refund back( if anybody knows how to do that please let me know).

2.I decided to look up Westwood College on RippOff report to see if there was anything on them and behold I found several people who were victims of these vultures,and sad enough were already rolled into debt or actually went trough with it.Luckily for me I opened my eyes and saw that these people are full of crap and I just saved myself 75,000$+18% Interest lol of money that I didn't have.These people are trained con artist and I hope this website can also help other innocents like me.All I can say is that they definately taught me a lesson...

Never sell yourself short of a Good Education(Fast isn't always the best),Everything that Glitters isn't Gold, and Last but not Least DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!!


"Nothing is ever Hidden under the Sun"

Perry Hall, Maryland

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Jerome, wake up

AUTHOR: Mkdenver1 - (U.S.A.)

Dude, Jerome, you need to wake up man.

You must be new to WOL! I left that place in April of 2007 after a year and a half at the main Westminster location.

Yes, the Parent Plus loan isn't a Westwood thing, it's a Federal government thing, so that's where our original poster is wrong, but he may as well be fully correct on everything else.

I have never worked for a company where I was so uncomfortable in what I did for a living. I was REQUIRED to "do what it took" to get students to sign up. I had to mislead them, I had to sugarcoat everything and I had to make them believe that even if they're on a fixed income, they can afford this college. Oh, that's a laugh.

A few months after I started, I deeply questioned what I was selling. I only stayed because it was a paycheck and pretended I really cared.

Financial aid was a huge joke and felt so bad for each and every student that I did sign up. Most students I signed up never started and as I look back on it they are better off that they did not.

The school IS accredited, but only Nationally accredited. That's nothing! Regional accreditation is the way to go and yes they are in that process, but still a few years away from earning it and that's if they even earn it.

I've also taken courses with WOL (hey, you can't beat free employee tuition) and noticed each online course is so watered down it may as well be a river. After realizing what I could get away with, I slacked off so much in those classes, even intentionally not completing assignments, but still mysteriously passed with flying colors. Heck, I even made the Dean's list! But I know for a fact I didn't earn it. Same went for the course I took at the Denver North Campus. It was a math class and while I barely did any work, and didn't understand what was going on, I still easily passed.

Face it. Westwood is and always will be a joke until they can get their act together especially on the financial aid part and the watering down of courses. Basically all you get is a $70,000 overpriced and useless degree with easy As and Bs all the way through. Not to mention the severe debt you face afterwards.
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We aren't vultures!!!

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

I work in admissions here for the online division of Westwood College. First off, every company has people who are not honest and are not truthful. Here at Westwood we are held to the highest of honesty and integrity. The loans you speak of are Sallie Mae (largest education lender in the nation) and Federal Stafford Loans. Almost all schools use both (if they are accredited) Westwood is accredited. We do not apply for anymore than those 2 loans, both are very low interest rates. If you had stuck around long enough to apply for Federal Pell grants you also would be eligible for close to $15,000 dollars of FREE money (does not need to be repaid to the government). That would lower the $75,000 to $60,000.

Our programs are all inclusive of EVERYTHING, tuition, books, tool kits, software. We have no hidden fees like most other colleges. If you call up your local university and add up the total cost of school you will be surprised to see that it is the same if not more. Students can also apply for scholarships like any other college and recieve even more free money (does not need to be repaid). Westwood College is not a RIP OFF! We do need to rush students to get things done for financial aid because we have terms starting every month, if we enroll you 2 weeks before a start date we really need to speed things up to get you fully funded to attend school, it is not to hustle or scam you! I work with many, many people who are good hearted and truly want to help you. As with every company there are bad seeds and I do appologize for them.
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