ED Magedson – Founder
University of Phoenix8401 Ohio St Merrillville, Indiana United States of America
This entire ordeal came to be when I attended a meeting with my brother to meet with a U of P salesman--Richard Sapper at the Merrillville, In campus. I was a skeptic from the beginning simply because I had never heard of U of P and it obviously was not a reputable facility. I met with Richard Sapper anyway because my brother was adamant about me discovering this entirely "new realm" of education that Mr. Sapper had convinced him to discover. Mr. Sapper said that The University of Phoenix is an accredited educational facility and that all and every employer looks for U of P credits because of their value.
He went on to say that Bill Gates himself attends U of P when seeking to further his education and that Mr. Gates is working to expand U of P because of what it has proven to do in improving his education. Mr. Sapper also said that the U.S. Congress seeks out U of P to further the education of its members, including Obama's chief of staff. After our meeting, he said he would call me at home to discuss this opportunity further. Upon coming home, I did receive his phone call as he led me through the steps to see if I could be accepted into U of P.
He never said anything about signing me up. He also said that he could lead me through a few steps to see if I qualify for financial aid. I agreed just so he would leave me alone. As he led me through these steps online, I wondered what all of this was about and why he was doing this because I never agreed to attend. After he was finished, to my utter surprise, Richard Sapper stated that I was now enrolled into the U of P and congratulated me. I never signed anything and there is no proof that I actually agreed to attend U of P online.
At this point, I simply thought that perhaps I should give this endeavor a try because if Bill Gates and the U.S. Congress chooses U of P to further their education, then maybe it isn't that bad. I began taking classes online for about a month before I began to become skeptical about the simplicity of the classes. I then began to do some research online on U of P and discovered that the negative responses from students by far outweigh the positive; especially under the www.ripoffreport.com. In fact, I couldn't find anything positive about this school. I then decided to call some of the more prestigious colleges in Indiana such as IUPUI and Ivy Tech to see how transferrable U of P credits really are.
When each person that I spoke with told me that they either are not transferrable or only half are, I became really worried. I decided to call my academic representative-Michael Sugihara to tell him I wanted out immediately.
This was probably a couple of months into my online education. He then told me that I should finish off the semester because whether I quit now or at the end of the semester I would be paying the same and I may as well finish to receive the credits. I reluctantly agreed and at the end of the semester I quit. Six months later, I receive my first student loan bill for $5,473.00 for 3 months of an online education that is completely worthless and that I never agreed to attend.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/30/2011 06:25 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/university-of-phoenix/merrillville-indiana-46410/university-of-phoenix-tricked-me-into-attending-online-classes-that-i-never-agreed-to-att-816071. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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