I just moved to Tennessee with my husband who is in the United States Army. It has been very difficult for me to find a job so I decided to go to college.
I seen an advertisement for American Intercontinental Online and thought it sounded like something good to look into- seeing I am from another state and can take my work with me.
I called and talked to my admissions advisor (Chad slaby) and he was pushing me to start school right away. He knew that I had never been to college and he took advantage of the situation. Chad emailed me all this paperwork I needed to fill out that day. I was originally going to start school on June 1st but he pressured me into getting started on March 20th.
I started school without my books yet sent to me and without my financial aid set into place. They told me to do my FAFSA and all the other documents I needed but the tune changed when I couldnt get accepted by Salae Mae. The loan is supposedly based on credit and my credit is bad already.
I continued to work in classes and maintain a GPA of 4.0. The school kept calling me and harrasing me on my home phone and cell phone all times of the day (moring, noon and night). I asked them what I could do so they would get off of my back.
I tried looking for grants, loans and schlorships to help me with school but no one could seem to give me answers. The school was draining my every efforts out of me and they were dishonest with everything they had to say.
I contacted Educaid because American Intercontinental was telling me that they are the ones that make the decision of what bracket I would fall on for the school financially covering me. Educaid said that I was in the "0" bracket - meaning that I needed the most help with funding my costs.
I told the school this and they told me to send over mine and my husbands taxes from 2003. I explained to them that I would but I didnt file in 2003 and that I could send over my w-2 showing that I didnt make much. I also explained that me and my husband didnt even know eachother let alone were married in 2003 and why would they need his information.
I then sent all the tax info I had to them and they said that I had to come up with a cash agreement to stay in school. The cash agreement they kept on changing. First it was $100.00, then it went to $200.00, and finally they said I had to pay $261.00 a month. I explained to them that I couldnt possibly pay this much and thats why I was going through financial aid. They gave me the Freedom Grant because my husbands in the army, the Pell grant, Subsidized loan and Unsubsidized loan. The Pell Grant and the Loans kept changing as well for the amount that they could give me and the numbers were getting lower.
At this point I didnt know what to do but try to hang on to my GPA of 4.0. I was getting frustrated because the school wasnt explaining things to me from the beginning and now they told me they were kicking me out of school which is very unprofessional.
The next day I was withdrawn from clases and I couldnt get on to the virtual campus. I was enrolled for 5 miserable, unanswered, miserable weeks. My husband was at he beginning trying to get enrolled as well. After he seen the emotional stress I went through with this school/ he let the school know what they were putting me through and that he wouldnt be joining.
The school has sent me a bill for over $2,000 and I dont believe I should have to pay it. This school is fraudulent and disgraceful. My credit was already imperfect and I cant deal with something on it that I dont feel is right, justified or reasonable.
My Admissions Advisor was Chad Slady who was fired a couple weeks after me enrolling. I believe he didnt want to feed people anymore lies or he got caught doing the right thing and they terminated him. Chad also could have been one of the top bullshit selling people there as well. My Acedemic Advisor was Hector Tan and everytime I would call him with a question I would get the voicemail and he would never call me back. My Financial Aid Advisor was Jason and he would talk to me more about partying then my school situation. These are just three names I can remember but they even kept changing my advisors atleast 3 or 4 times in a 5 weeks period.
I talked to these people on a day to day basis and tried talking to the Dean or someone in a better authority. Everytime I asked to get transferred, they would transfer me to another advisor I didnt know and nothing would get resolved.
After I got withdrawn from the school I received a letter from the Dean. The Dean of the school said I was a recognized student that got chosen to do my biography for the schools paper and that I might be entitled to a schlorship.
Of course something like this would come after they booted me out of school. This experience has damaged my life and has gave me know hope in finding the right school now. I wanted for my case to be heard so no one else has to go through what I did. I hope to see this school shut down and all the people that are in debt from them to be paid back in full.
Now I dont know where to go from here. I will start with not ever dealing with AIU again unless its taking them to court. And if anyone from AIU reads this thats okay because I have copies of everything that deals with you/ bring it on.