Report: #716421

Complaint Review: American Intercontinental University

  • Submitted: Mon, April 11, 2011
  • Updated: Sat, October 01, 2011
  • Reported By: cherrie — addison Texas United States of America
  • American Intercontinental University
    5550 Prairie Stone Parkway Ste 130
    Hoffman Estates, Illinois
    United States of America

American Intercontinental University AIU Online No credits or anything else transfers from this college Hoffman Estates, Illinois

*General Comment: This person does not know what he or she is talkking about.

*Consumer Comment: Transfer credits

*Consumer Suggestion: Advice

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 I wanted to go to school after 20 years.I decided to do online classes at AIU after being contacted by their school advisor. I asked as many questions I could. My main concern was if this college was an accredited school, and if I decided to transfer would my credits follow.

The advisor said they would follow me to whatever shcool I dedided to transfer to. After completing a semester at the school, I wanted to be back in the class room instead of doing online classes. Every school I contacted would not and do not accept credits from this school. No one will accept them.

When taking these classes, I could fell as many classes as I wanted. All you have to do is keep paying until you pass. In many of my classes all you had to do was turn in anything, you would receive a passing grade. In the disscusion board, my peers would responde to other classmate post with one or two senteces and receive an A.

They really got my with the book charges. I would fail a course and have to pay to repeat the course. Our books was ebook on our computers, so they would  charge you for the  same infomation that you had already paid to use. 

I had to ask why the prices for tution kept changing every month or two. They infomed me that the classes that have 6 credits cost a certain amount and 4 credits cost a certain amount. I know I paid $6000 for two classos that was 6 credits each. You have 2 classes every 5 weeks and those classes could be one 6 credit class and a 4 credit clasee.

We have two classes every 5 weeks. This is what I paid for tution on 10/09 ($3000), 1/10 ($3000), 3/10 ($5000), 6/10 ($3500), 8/10 ($5500), 11/10 ($6,000), 2/11 ($3000). A pure tipoff. I have graduated from AIU on March 13, 2011 with an associate degree in healthcare administration. I have to start over as a freshman because I can not transfer not one credit. I just wasted my money and time for nothing.
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#1 General Comment

This person does not know what he or she is talkking about.

AUTHOR: Bill - (United States of America)

I graduated from AIU online with my Associate degree and my Bachelors degree. AIU is accredited by the same accreditation as schools like Norte Dame, BYU. Utah State and many others. Plus they have an additional accreditation on their Business school. My degrees will transfer anywhere. I am currently going to Keller Graduate School and have had schools like Colorado State and a number of quality graduate programs try to recruit me. I have never been told AIU is a bad school and that my degree means nothing or won't transfer. This person who wrote does not know what he or she is talking about. AIU is very challenging and requires a lot of writing and research.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Transfer credits

AUTHOR: Cory - (United States of America)

I am not sure of a couple of things you have posted, so pardon my ignorance while I seek to help you out. I am a current student graduating the end of May 2011. I have been attending AIU Online since Oct. 2009, not once have I been privvy to another students letter grade so on we go...

  1. How is it that you have that information?

  2. If you legitimately have that knowledge have you filed a grievance?

  3. Not all letter grades transfer, I have verified with APSU (local University) what they accept in transfer credits and what they do not, they will not accept a transfer of a C or lower.

  4. Paying for books that are included in your tuition, in my experience I have not seen this charge since it is after all included in my tuition charges.

  5. While in all my classes you can in fact "turn in anything", however, I have not met a professor yet who would grant an A to an inferior work.

  6. The statement that you "... could fell (sic) as many classes as I wanted" probably indicates the majority of your problem. Why you would want to fail a class is beyond me, but if you do fail them they most likely will not transfer.

What I believe the problem to be is this, you didn't have a grade point average suficient for classes to transfer. Based on your grammatical and spelling abilities displayed in your post, I feel safe in that assumption. The costs you list are inflated based upon my experience with AIU. The most I have paid for an hour is $339, which if you multiply out to the 12 hours, which you claim to have paid $6000 for, you get $4068 for 12 hours.


I don't intend to insult you, but academic institutions can decline credits based upon your ability to complete them, I have had no issues with credits transfering 6 months ago when I considered moving to Austin Peay Staute University. The change to a classroom from online is what stopped me, not the transfer.

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#3 Consumer Suggestion


AUTHOR: Jeanski - (USA)

There is one thing you can do so that not all that time and money is lost. Talk to the admissions personnel at the school you're transferring to and ask about CLEP exams.  Your Associate's degree should have included the basic courses in English, math, social studies.... and you can test out of those by taking a CLEP.  There's a nominal cost (maybe $60?) for each exam, but at least you won't have to sit through and pay for the classes again. Most schools offer them, or can direct you to a local testing center. Even better, they're accepted at just about every college everywhere. There are also free study guides available online.

I'm sorry you experienced such poor advising. A REAL advisor would have told you that the transferability of credits is always up to the receiving institution. Many schools (especially state systems) have articulation agreements that say if you attend "State Community College", then certain courses (usually all) will transfer directly into a Bachelor's degree at "State College/University."
Good luck!
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