My name Angel, and I am a recent graduate of AIU, but like many here, I have had my fair share of problems with the university.
It is true, they do only care about dollar signs and could give a rats hiny about the student. I guess you could say I feel a bit ripped too, as I enrolled when the tuition was $25,000 for AABA and now being offered for $20,000. (Rounding it off people). Yet the BACHELOR PROGRAM DID NOT DECREASE in tuition rates. So any new "fool" can enroll and receive the "same degree" for 5 grand cheaper, and AIU will not credit me the difference to enroll in their bachelor program. So yes, they do only care about dollar signs-----that is shear fact.
AIU only shoots themselves in the foot over this one. Bad new travels much faster than good, and I have spread the news to all I know and here I am, spreading the word to all of you....grin...now who gets the last laugh...
Even still, like others have written, it's all in how you weigh it. Do I want to go sit in a traditional classroom and have to get up in front of class and do BS speeches, etc...? Hell no. I know I don't! Believe, me, I have wanted to withdraw on more than one occasion. Group projects are the biggest joke!!...that is, if you can even call them "groups." (I was the group in every project with AIU).
True, you are basically "buying" your degree. With a little bit of work--or in my case a lot, as I graduated with honors and worked my a*s off-- you get a diploma. Yes, its going to cost you. The truth is ANY ONE OF YOU PEOPLE HERE can have the same issues with any other institution out there at any time and I'd be willing to bet that someone somewhere has experienced many of these issues being discussed here in all universities all over the country.
Back to AIU--I know of someone that enrolled in AIU the exact same time I did. She could not hack the program and dropped out after her first session. Just at the start of her next class, she logged into the site and was automatically charged $2400 for doing so. The school states this is the only way they have to track students and know whether they are actually "attending school" or not. Seems they'd come up with a better solution than that.
This person is now owing $2400 for a course she did not take. I do not agree with this and do sympathize with her situation; however, this person would be on here dogging the school like so many others here for a policy that has been in place more than likely since the school opened.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that my credits will transfer into the university I plan on receiving my bachelors from but only time will tell...I won't hold my breath.
What is so sad is another student graduating the same time I did was so disgusted with AIU and her poor experiences that she could care less she was graduating and receiving her degree!
This is not the kind of school I wish to be afiliated with. People should be PROUD of the school they attend. True, AIU is "for profit" and does not hide that fact at all. I think that many should be-ware that when a school advertises they are "for profit", that might be a clue that they are in it for themselves and all we are to them is $$$$$$dollar signs$$$$$$.
Sooooo......Just plant the word "SUCKER" on all of our foreheads.
Sucker from Texas...