Report: #832614

Complaint Review: Everest College

  • Submitted: Wed, February 01, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, February 06, 2012
  • Reported By: mellowhype — Los Angeles California United States of America
  • Everest College

    West Los Angeles, California
    United States of America

Everest College More Like a car lot than "Learning Institution".... West Los Angeles, California


*Consumer Comment: If you had the Chops?

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I recently went to Everest College to see if it would be a good fit for me. I was attracted to Everest because of the fact that they don't require you to take any math placement tests; No prerequisites what-so-ever! Too good to be true, right?

The answer is "yes." As soon as i got there, I met with a Counselor, which I now realize is just a fancy way for them to say "Recruiter." She immediately began to pick my brain and sell me the school. The "recruiter" acted more like a car salesman than someone interested in bettering my future. She kept asking me if i could imagine myself there and would not stop pushing for me to start on that day. I didn't appreciate being badgered and could definitely tell that what people told me about these types of schools was very accurate. The "recruiter" went on to explain that I "should start today because it is the last day of the quarter to enroll. If I didn't choose to start today, i would have to wait a month before starting." She then continued to show me around the campus and had me talk to some other admins. The one admin she had me talk to said that if i couldn't start today, i could "always start tomorrow;" Funny, i thought [that day] was the last day to enroll for another month. Go figure!

Before seeing the financial aid counselor, I continually asked the "recruiter" for an estimate of how much attending would cost. She avoided telling me until after she made me so comfortable with the prospects of attending Everest. With the information she gave me about the externship program and starting wages for the field i was pursuing, I was finally excited for my life! Finally, i got to sit down with the financial aid councelor and was floored by the cost. I got the most discouraging feeling when she told me that it would cost me $18,080 for an 8 month program. I feel that that is an absurd amount of money for a trade school when (if i had the chops) i could attend UCLA for $23,249. She tried to push all types of loans on me and really, really, didn't seem to care about anything other than filling a seat and getting my money.

In closing, I just want to make people aware of the fact that these "for-profit" schools are not here to better our futures.  They will continue to rip off young, desperate, students trying to pursue short term education that doesn't even work in the real world. After my experience at Everest and further research, I think that people should consider every option and do their own research before enrolling. I hope this will help save someone from unnecessary waste of time and life of debt. 
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#1 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: hoapres - (USA)

A school is judged by prospective employers by THE WORST GRADUATES.  In California abundant opportunities exist in LOW COST OR EVEN FREE community colleges offering not only the same but often better programs than for profit trade schools.  Not only are the for profit trade schools are exorbinantly expensive they have poorer students as well.  Community colleges attract the better students to the extent that one often has to wait to get into the program along with taking prerequisites.  

The community college graduates are almost always better than the comparable trade school graduates and the employers given this extremely competitive job market can and do simply avoid all for profit trade school graduates.  

Even worse is that the credits at for profit trade schools will NOT transfer to 4 year reputable colleges or universities unlike the community college course credits. 

One graduates from any of these for profit trade schools such as Everest, Heald, ITT Tech, University of Phoenix, Devry University with a large amount of student debt and being unemployed.  
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#2 Consumer Comment

If you had the Chops?

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

Really?  Well I don't exactly know the "caliber" of students at Everest but I would be surprised if any of the students were accepted into UCLA but decided to go to Everest because they didn't want to take any math placement tests or have prerequisites.

As for the cost difference are you even aware that UCLA is subsidized by the taxpayers of California?  If you wanted a more valid comparison for cost why not replace UCLA with USC, where you would be paying around $25,000 per semester..or around $200,000 for your degree.

Now, I am not really trying to pick on you, but there are community colleges that you can get a REAL degree and have REAL classes for thousands LESS.  But this takes effort, and these "for profit" schools exist because there are people who want to take the "easy way".  If you have someone who is more concerned about Math Placement tests and prerequisites than what the degree actually is they are going to be more prone to signing up.  But it really doesn't matter what school you wrote this on, I don't believe there are any "technical colleges" that have any classes or degrees that you can use to transfer to other schools.
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