Complaint / review text:
Here is my story:
I applied to the school in March of 2005, and I had heard so much from the school prior to being accepted. I was just getting information on the school and filling out paperwork. Then in October of 2005, I was accepted to their Distance Learning Program which is online, of course prior it didn't say you would have to watch 18 video tapes or DVDs for some classes, and that every class would be religion based. It is also not clearly stated that even if you are paying with grants and loans that you cannot withdraw even if it is ony a few days after classes have started! I was in classes for 9 days before I e-mailed my academic advisor to withdraw from the school. I had not received any loans and only one grant. I was told that even if I withdraw I will still be required to pay $3,000 plus for my tuition even though I would not be receiving any services rendered for paying the bill. They say even though I hadn't paid for the classes yet, it is considered pay upfront, and even though no loans were dispursed to my account. The only way to get out is if you die, or are real sick and in the hospital. I was asking to withdraw because my company I worked for downsized and I was required to take on more work, and also because my wife was pregnant and having complications with extreme back pain and I had to help out more around the house, so I wouldn't have the time to study and succeed at school. And this school boast being a religious school, they are using Jesus name in vain, and preying on people, it is like once you are registered for classes there is no way out. They have you money, regardless of whether you take classes or not. And if you get student loans you will be required to pay them back. They even have the nerve to charge you finance charges, even though you are paying with financial aid! And after the fact I found out that 14 complaints have been filed with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) of Virginia! Most having to do with billing issues and refunds. So beware, even if you feel that the University isn't for you or it does not meet your expectation, you can't get out unless you die or are in the hospital.