Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay MPI Withheld Financial Aid Credit - THIS SCHOOL IS A SCAM!! Tampa Florida
I started attending the on-campus course in Sept 2017 and applied for financial aid. There was initially an issue on how I filled out the FAFSA application. After the correction was made (during my 1st term that ended Oct 2017), there was a discbursement made from the initial application (Sub and Unsub loans). After my 1st term, I transferred into the online classes and quit my job completely to focus on school. There was a 21 day break between the last day of my 1st term and the 1st day of my next term. The Pell Grant, which needed to have been applied for the 1st term, arrived during this break and was to be given to me in a check. Credit (excess funds from the grants and loans after applying all fees), are to be given to the student after a 14 day hold, per regulations. My online classes started Nov 2017. By mid Dec I still had not received my check. After contacting the school several times and talking to them in person, they insisted I wait until AFTER the holidays to receive a check that should have been disbursed to me in Nov. Their excuses:
1) The lady who signs the check, Carol, is only in on Mondays and Wednesdays and she hasn't signed the check
2) The check arrived Nov 5th - Anna, the Financial Aid Representative was sick and the school was closed for Thanksgiving (Wed-Fri).
After contacting financial aid, I mentioned I wanted to withdraw. I went to the school and they would not hand me my check. I was told to sign the withdrawal form before completing any financial aid. Their defense now is that I withdrew before receiving my check and the school is stating I owe them $250 instead of them paying me the $2,000 they owed me. Richard stated I was enrolled in a term that had a start date of 2016-2017 school year and that is an absolute LIE!!! My classes start Sept 2017 and I applied for FAFSA for a 2017-2018 school year and that is where my funds were applied to. My estimated financial aid award letter dated my term to begin July 2017, qualifying me to be enrolled in the 2017-2018 school year, NOT 16/17 as Richard stated. MPI is falsifying documents to obtain a valid reason in them keeping my money. Between Sept - Dec I accumulated $9,000 in student loan debt with them and nothing to show for it.
For my 1st clinical, I had to sit in my car for 5hrs because my instructor had taken medicine. We were not allowed to be in the nursing home without our instructor. That same clinical was doublebooked and there was already a class in the building. You will not receive any good clinical experience and they are falsifying clinical and lab hours. I had to sit in lab for 12 hours, 3 days a month, with only a true 2 hours being dedicated to any type of education, which consisted of watching YouTube videos on basic healthcare (handwashing, making the bed, etc).
The tests are made up by the staff, we often found right answers being marked as wrong, plenty spelling errors, and questions relating to topics that were to be taught in future classes. There is no NCLEX style questions or proper preparation for the boards, which in turn sets the student up for failure. We have to pay a parking fee of $15 for a parking lot that houses homeless people that have been found sleeping at the back door. The back door is missing a handle and a makeshift one has been made of rope with tape!
I can take the unpleasant attitude from the staff, but I will not stand for them to continue raping people who aspire to be good nurses of their money!