The College Network
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With The College Network, you can earn college credit without going to class. Our Comprehensive Learning Module program will assist with obtaining credits through various well-known exams. The college credits you obtain can be applied to the Excelsior College associate degree in nursing program.
I was given similar treatment by this organization. I signed on many years ago but had to stop for a while due to other pressing issues. Back in 2016, I received an email requesting that I contact them regarding some important changes to their program. Months later I called and was told that I had to pay for my own books to continue the program as they would no longer be provided. When asked how do I find the books I was told search; online, and used bookstores. I asked if there would be an adjustment to the monies I paid into the program (by this time I had completely satisfied all payments), and was quoted a script from the contract on how they reserve the right to make changes to the program without consequence more or less...
Well needless to say this escalated, as just like many of you I don't have almost $6500 + dollars to just give someone, and turn around and invest even more, by having to go on a witch hunt for books. Like some of you I complained to the BBB, as well as Pinellas County Consumer Protection, and the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, Civil Litigation Division, Consumer Protection & Advocacy Section Consumer Information & Complaints (IN-STATE ONLY) (800) 352-8431. All advising upfront that they cannot represent me in this civil matter, but could inquire, and mitigate to see if a resolution in compromise could be reached.
Honestly, this business has been in this situation "I BELIEVE" as the Director of Operations continued to tell me that If I want to do anything against them it would have to be in the courts there in Pinellas County Florida, and by the time I win, I will have spent more getting there, filing paperwork, lodging, meals, etc. And if that was not enough, she also added, that if I hired an attorney by the time the attorney takes his fees, I would be left with half of what I paid for the program. I asked myself; How could she possibly know this...and post talking with an attorney friend, who said they are in the wrong, but the Director of Operations was right ref post attorney fees. So as you can see, just like you...I felt stuck and continued to search around and eventually caught a break!
I happen to subscribe to the Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi newsletter, read up on a group within the Attorney General's office that would take a closer look at things, especially for veterans. So I say to you all don't give up, reach out File your Complaints to: Florida Attorney General Office, Consumer Protection Division. I have been informed by one of the Financial Investigators that the more complaints they receive, the greater the chances of a formal investigation. So please join me in letting the Attorney General's Office know that within her Great State of Florida lies and business that especially thrives on taking your money and how you were treated!!! After all it's your money, they took it, and you might get it back!!!
I wish there was 'ZERO' to rate this money sucking company. I don't know how anyone that works for this company sleeps at night. Scamming new graduates of LPN programs. I fell for their trap and 4 years later I am still paying on a 12% loan and have ZERO to show for it. They tell you complete their modules, take an exam through Excelsior and get college credit to apply towards the LPN to BSN, RN at Indiana State University. They tell you that your "tuition" includes the cost of the exams you take at Excelsior, that is a LIE. I am paying for 15 modules and if I want take the exam for each subject I have to pay another $300-$400 for EACH EXAM!!! DON'T TRUST THESE LEECHES. THEY WILL CAUSE NOTHING BUT DEBT.
I would not recommend ANYONE signing up for thousands of dollars for this company. They are going after hard working nurses to sell everyone a dream of completing the LPN-RN without hassle. I applied in 2013 and when I realized how much everything was and that the online classes are not for me I canceled everything. I was told it would take a few days. I never took any of the classes or tests and then in 2015 I received a letter that it went in collection and they were trying to sue me. Ridiculous!!! They want me to pay 10,000 for classes I never took. I don't know about everyone else but I'm not rich to give anyone my hard working money for nothing especially when it's to benefit some scam of a "business". Save your money and go to a campus college or a known college with online courses.
I had a horrible experience with the College Network. The lady came into my home should of been a BIG warning! She was basically a sales rep that offered numerous case studies and modules that I could access when I enrolled in the program from LPN to RN. It was all false, I ended paying more and I could not access all items mentioned up above until I dish out more money. I called to cancelled my subscription with them permanently. Then I received a call from a collection agency stating that I now owe them money or else they will sue me. Worst customer service to help me solve my issues with them too.
When I signed on to The College Network 5 or 6 years ago, a man came to my house and sold me on the LPN to RN program. I signed on the dotted line and planned to start my journey. He did not have a welcome packet with him (which now looking back I should have said no right there. If you know you are going to meet with someone you would think you would be prepared). But I said ok. Never received it. Never ever was even able to log on to my account. So now years later after paying about 6 grand, and stopping payment on the rest I am being threatened with a garnishment. I have put in for a request for a hearing. What a waste of money that was. LESSON LEARNED!!
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Guys this school is a total 100% rip off. I signed up for the school didn't finish and now owe $6,000 which they garnish $550 out of pay each month. I was in the LPN to RN program. Went for half a module and six years later they are garnishing $550 out of my paychecks each month. They had me sign some sketchy contract so I couldn't fight it.
I just paid off my $12,000 loan. I have NOTHING to show for it. I met with a salesman at a local Panera and listened to his sales pitch. He REALLY wanted me to sign up then. I told him I'd have to think about it. I called the school back a few months later and he no longer worked there. A very nice lady came to my home and we went over everything. In her sales pitch I questioned whether her program was a college accredited program (not understanding the entire concept of the college network at that time). I was ASSURED it was. Looking back, I don't think the lady even understood what that meant. I THOUGHT I WAS IN AN ONLINE COLLEGE not a college PREP program!! I realized this a week after signing and when I called the company I was told, "You had only 3 days to cancel the contract." Here I am 4 years later, $12,000 poorer and still an LPN. Does anyone know if we have any recourse??
The College Network has been a horrible experience for me. I paid all my fee's including tests, but the program just wasn't right for me. I asked for a refund for the tests since I would not be doing them. They refused to return my test money $275 per test with 12 test left. That's a lot of money we could use. They offered me a lifetime credit for me or my family which no one in my family needs. This program is nothing but a scam! I paid so much money for a product I don't want anymore and they won't give it back. That's pretty much stealing. Don't use this program. The cost is ridiculous and once you sign the contract you are stuck - no refunds. I wasted so much money. I just can't believe how gullible I was to fall for their pitch. Trust me it's a big waste of money you will never get back.
I paid loans to College Network over 2 years. Tested with them then they changed all the criteria while I was still testing and told me there was an entire NEW set of criteria and I'd need to reapply. ARE YOU SERIOUS? They wouldn't refund my money stating I'd "signed a contract" to pay. They have a seemingly professional group of admission advisers but this program is a SCAM! So is Excelsior with their CPNE! It's tough to digest but there simply is not a valid ONLINE ONLY program out there. Look into hybrids, or a program with at least some sort of in class session once a week. SAVE YOUR MONEY, don't be fooled. If it seems too good to be true it is. Don't be in my boat. I've lost $4000 to College Network but no more, never again!
This program is a total scam!! DO NOT DO IT!!! I was told when I signed up I would complete my classes online through the college network, and then go on to ISU. I could take as long as I needed with my classes... This was a LIE and is not true at all. Now when you look up The College Network it says permanently closed... So where is this 10,000 getting me now? NOT ANYWHERE. It sounded great... But it was too good to be true!! Don't trust it.
I have been trying to communicate with this company ever since I found out that the course they recommended to take ISU online nursing program do accept the courses and ISU do have a partnership with TCN. I left 2 email messages and no response have been. I have been trying to get some clarity on the courses and test prep material I need and have receive little to no feedback. They are still try to bill me for no services received. I'm getting some legal help! This is a bunch of BS! Now I found out that they have law suits against them!
Like most other Consumer Affairs post about The College Network, I too cannot get exam checks, cannot speak with a live person and get no email response to multiple emails. I have 4 exams left to graduation and although exams fees are part of my contract, I have to pay for them on my own otherwise I won't make my graduation deadline date. Don't be fooled by this company. Not sure how I'm going to get my money back.
This place is a complete utter ripoff. I've been working on my degree for the last 4 years and I was informed that the state of California will not allow TCN students to take the boards. I was told they lost their contract with Sonoma and Indiana State. I asked her, "Where does this leave me?" I paid in full. I was basically told I'm screwed. I paid over $10,000 and I have nothing except the closet of books that are useless. The representative told me I have a lifetime agreement with them. I said, "What does that mean?" "You have 3 options. You can use it for a different degree or you can transfer what you have paid over to family member" or I can use it for a bachelor's degree later. I told her I have to start all over again. Most community colleges do not accept CLEP exam or Dante as credits. I don't have that kind of money to be transferring $10,000 towards another family members education when I need mine. Please I need help.
I was approached by a TCN employee who sold me this program. Being desperate to have my BSN in Nursing to keep my present position I was gullible. After several attempts I realize I could not do this home study program. Then after 6 months I tried to get out of the contract and I was told I am responsible for paying the entire $10,000.00 dollars. I have paid over $5,000.00 already and feel so ashamed, disappointed, and invaded just like being "raped". Shame on me for not reading those fine print. I stopped paying my monthly installment and would now go to collections. I have also filed a complaint with the BBB already. Please all out there don't fall into this trap.
Please be aware of this company and DO NOT sign up with them for your nursing EXAM. As everyone here has explained they DO NOT send you the exam fee check on time or maybe never send it to you. There is no response from the accounting dept. No one care. They just give you an email, no one answer. I do not recommend this institution. They do take your payment on time but never sends you the requires exam fee check on time. Just send you to an email acs@Collegenetwork.com. NO answers received. It is a terrible situation. One as a student working and trying to pay bill, and not being able to receive any check to finish the school. Be aware. It is horrible service with the student's money. There is no respect.
In short, The College Network stole my money. I worked very hard on all my theory courses, desperate to earn a BSN (LVN to BSN). I got 6 "A's" and 1 "B" (in classes like microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Patho, etc.) while working full time. When I was ready to start my clinicals, I was told that Sonoma State (who had "partnered" to oversee the clinical portion of the program with Indiana State) had pulled out of the program. Hence, the LVN to BSN program is no longer accredited in the state of California.
I wrote a letter to the TCN review board amicably requesting that I be excused from the remaining portion of the loan (not asking for a refund though the classes/exam credit I had received was worthless). TCN REFUSED. This means I am continuing to pay for something that doesn't even exist. It is very difficult to advance from LVN to BSN status, especially in the state of California. It was a devastating and traumatic experience. All the time, money, and energy, I spent- away from my family, with my face in a book for 3 years, trying to better myself and my family's life in good faith, just to have all of the above (not to mention my hopes and dreams of the past 22 years that I have worked as an LVN). Furthermore, I can't afford to attempt to start another program until this debt is paid. Please, don't let this happen to you.
I have been paying College Network since 2012 and I am no closer to my RN than when I started. The material I received in hard copy did not match the web version, I could have enrolled directly through Excelsior but I was led to believe I had to go through College Network. I was encouraged to finance my testing fees with my "educational loan" but now I am unable to request these fees because I didn't complete the online tests. I have previously requested to be released from this contract but this request was denied (January 2015) and I continued to pay for another whole year without getting any benefit for my money.
In reading all of the poor reviews on this website and many others I really have to wonder what agency governs this type of business and why they are STILL in business. I want no money back, not even the test fees, I just want to be released from the remainder of my contract and I want something for my credit report stating the debt is satisfied. I read so many reviews and I feel as though I am reading about my own nightmare experience. I get daily e-mails and texts since I stopped payment on the Southeast Financial monthly withdrawal and my credit is being ruined. I think it is just awful what this company has done and is continuing to do to so many people who are just trying to better themselves.
I am writing to them again and I am sending copies of my correspondence to the Attorney General of Indiana, the Better Business Bureau and Consumer Fraud Division for the state of NJ. College Network is one reason why in this country, the rich are getting richer and the poor/middle class are remaining stagnant, they should be ashamed of themselves. The additional information I have discovered about the owner of College Network also having connections to collection agencies who ultimately pursue consumers who stop paying, tells me that the owners/officers of College Network are ONLY in this to profit. There is no concern whatsoever for the consumer trying to better themselves. I am just disgusted!
Back in 2009, I was a LPN aspiring to become a RN and signed with The College Network for furthering my education. The school advisor drove over 2 hours to make sign some paperwork and never heard of him afterwards. I never got any support from the school nor that I took any class from them. Now in 2016, I received a letter from my job about a week ago announcing that after receiving a court order from this school they will start garnishing wage until the debt is completed. Today I was looking at my paystub and see that they are withdrawing $800.63, and this is for just one pay period. I see online through different website that I am not the only one getting scammed by those people but I desperately need help as I am a mother of 4 children and currently in school for my masters in nursing. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
I signed up to complete my pre-requisite courses through TCN. I was told that as soon as I had completed the courses, I would be able to start the next session with Indiana State University. I WAS NOT TOLD THAT I WOULD HAVE TO APPLY AND THERE WAS NO AUTOMATIC ADMITTANCE, as I was told by the representative from TCN. The formatting of the classes is not conducive to learning and passing the classes. I had two classes I signed up for and completed one class. I am requesting to be released from payment from the second class since I will not start the class due to TCN's poor educational formatting and their MISLEADING students. They refuse to release me from a class I won't be taking. How is this good for business to take people's money for services that will not be used? How can they can away with this?
I signed up with The College Network a few years ago. The rep that came to my home said graduating through Excelsior college would be a breeze. I signed that contract which included exam fees in which I would get refunded when I was ready to take an exam. While I was signing, I even asked "So this is ALL the money I will have to spend to get my degree, minus the clinical fee right?" She said "yup!" which leads me to my first complaint: I was never told I had to register with Excelsior and pay them the yearly tuition fee. I was misled by thinking they were affiliated with each other. My second complaint: The study materials I was provided with for my exams were not sufficient in receiving a decent grade. Luckily, I skimmed by with a C on most of my exams. About 25% of the exam questions were never covered in the study materials.
Third complaint: It took many months to get my exam fee checks sent to me. I was promised, by that rep, that a check would be sent to me in just a couple weeks after my request. Now this is exactly why I signed up for the "prepaid" exam fees. This was one way I didn't have to come up with the few hundred dollars when I wanted to test. Well, guess what? I had to anyway! The checks never showed and I was losing everything I learned while waiting. I had no choice but to come up with the money just so I could test! At one point, I was ahead of them by three exams.
Last complaint: The last exam fee I requested was about a year ago. I was ready to take my last exam. I have yet to receive that money. I used to call them inquiring about the checks but they would just tell me their accounting dept was behind a bit but my check was being processed. Then my calls started to go directly to voicemail. About four months ago, I left a detailed voicemail requesting my exam fee check that has been "processing" for about seven months. I did receive a callback a few days later. Unfortunately, I was at work so they left a message saying my check would be in the mail by the next weekend. Well, about 16 weekends have gone by and no check. When I call now, you can't even leave a message. You are directed to email. So I email. Surprise! No response.
I am extremely disappointed with The College Network for the four reasons I have stated above. I would NOT recommend them to anybody! I have remained good on my end of the contract by paying my monthly payments. They need to make good on their part. The only good thing that came out of this is that I'm satisfied with Excelsior College and will hopefully be graduating through them within the next couple months. Again, they are NOT affiliated with The College Network.
I do not recommend these people to anyone. Had enrolled in a BSN program just after one of my many deployments. Then they lost their accreditation in California. I contacted them for a refund in Feb of 2015 and am still waiting. Had made contact with their customer service dept who referred me to the accounting dept who does not answer their emails and their voicemail just refers you to their email for contact. I know of a few more military members here in California that have the same problem with them. I have filed a complaint with the better business bureau and have contacted the JAG.
When I signed up with these creeps I canceled in the three stinking days they gave me after I researched and they are not affiliated with indiana or excelsior colleges. I called. The cancellation went through. I recently received a call saying I owe 11,000+$. Good luck trying to find me creeps.
I am currently in the LPN to RN program with The College Network/Excelsior. I DO NOT RECOMMEND this school to anyone. I have had nothing but problems with getting my reimbursement checks sent to me and there is absolutely NO COMMUNICATION. I have tried and will keep trying, to get in contact with the accounting department until my money is sent to me. I am taking legal action on them because I have been waiting since December 2014, for my reimbursement check to be mailed to me.
I have tried calling, which gets me nowhere since the phone numbers I have been given, and even searched for, just send me to an automated message telling me to email them any "accounting questions" to email@example.com. I have been emailing them since January, every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, with no response. This is completely unacceptable. I am beyond fed up with their lack of responsibility, lack of communication, and lack of help with this matter. This is why I will be taking legal action. I do not recommend this school to anyone! THIS IS A JOKE OF A SCHOOL. I AM JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING FINISHED WITH THEM AND SAYING "BYE FELICIA!" TO THEM!
Today is February 5, 2016. I requested my check for my next test in July 2015. I have emailed and called and have yet to get a call back from ANYONE from the college. Don't sign up with them. You'll end up losing your money.
I am reading down over all these complaints about not getting the checks that are owed to us and I am in the same boat!!! I have been waiting on a check for over a year now and everyone is right - there is no way to contact anyone!!! What can be done about this??? Where do we go from here??? I am finishing my degree with Excelsior and putting even more money into my education just to get it finished. I have bought their books cause the information that The College Network provided has now allowed me to achieve failing my first 3 test in my life!!! Anyone know where to go from here? I live on a very very tight budget and work 2 full time jobs to get through and I am not about to be out all this money!!!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not sign up with this "company". They have breached their contract with me in several ways and there is absolutely no way to get in contact with them anymore. They have completely severed ties with their customers (victims). I financed in exam fees with the College Network. This way it was paid a little over time in addition to their other "services" (what a joke), so that I did not have to come up with $395 every time that I Took one of my exams. Instead, this was my OWN money that I have paid over time to them so that way it was put to the side for the time to come when I decided to test. They promised that the check would arrive in 10-12 weeks max.
My first exam took a full year to get the check and the second exam took close to an additional year. I am still waiting on my 3rd check and at this point doubt I will ever see. Furthermore, they discontinue many of their supposed "services". For example, they always provided a textbook of the materials at request of the customer. For both of my first two modules, I always received the texts as requested. I was recently informed that they do not provide these textbooks anymore, which is a service they used to do.
There is absolutely no way to get in contact with them. There is only 2 phone numbers available and they both go to an automated recording instructing you to email them. I have emailed them numerous times and they never respond back. I even sent a formal complaint to their "dispute resolution committee" back in October and never heard anything from that either. If I do not hear from them soon, then I will also be proceeding with legal action. Currently, the Federal Trade Commission is investigating them. The states of Indiana and Ohio have also filed a lawsuit against them for deception among other things, so whatever you do... do not fall for this SCAM!!
I like other people in California was promised a refund check for the prepaid tests and classes no longer accredited in the state. I was told 10-12 weeks to process the refund back in March 2015. It's been almost a year with no luck. I've documented all my calls and emails and it's beyond frustrating. It was an agreed amount and I've been more than patient. Do not use this company please! $10,000 wasted for nothing!
During LPN school a representative for The College Network came and spoke to our class about the programs offered. Thinking this was good idea I signed up and paid in full. I was told my transcript review would be done within 2 weeks of registering. I registered in February and my transcript review was not done until September. After that I was told that I would receive a refund check in 10-12 weeks. I am now going into week 21 with still no check and no one to call to ask about the check because they only accept emails and do not answer those emails. Signing up with The College Network was the worst decision I have ever made.
I have been waiting for over 7 months for some of my checks. I was calling the accounting department until it was no longer a live person manning the phones. Now you can only Email. I have paid for 6 exams that I am awaiting payment on and have only been given the runaround. This company has gone downhill and is beyond shady. I will be resorting to legal action soon if something does not change as the last person I spoke with recommended I seek.
I signed up and paid in advance. At first it only took a few weeks to receive my test checks. Then it went to a few months. I am still awaiting checks for 2 tests I have already taken. I requested them in July, 2015. It is now January, 2016. Now when I call, there is no one to talk to in regards to my test checks. I am referred to an automated message that gives an email. I have emailed several times over the past 2 months with no response. I would discourage anyone from signing up with this company. I am so disappointed that I am in this situation.
The College Network Company Information
- Company Name:
- The College Network
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- Formerly Named:
- Collegiate Publishing Research Network (CPRN)
- 3815 River Crossing Parkway Suite 260
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- United States
- (800) 634-1443