Ashford University
Ashford University
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Ashford University

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Ashford University offers online degrees at the Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s level. Read Ashford University Accounting reviews and Ashford University MBA reviews to learn more about their Accounting and MBA degree programs. This company is not yet accredited. To learn more, see reviews below or submit your own. Want to know more about ConsumerAffairs accredited brands? Check out ConsumerAffairs for Brands.

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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: March 18, 2019

Place: Ashford University. Address: 8620 Spectrum Center Blvd. City: San Diego, CA 92123. Telephone: (800) 798-0584 ext: 18160. I attended Ashford University from August, 2010 until May 25, 2017. When I started this school I was told it was “upstanding school with accolades from the U.S. government." That there would be no out-of-pocket cost for my education there and the student loans will cover all cost of my education there. Ashford University has cheated me of an education by way of overcharging me, withholding my disbursements (from my student loans) and charging me for classes outside of my curriculum. They forced me to take classes that I did not need with threats that if I did not take the classes that they would withhold my degree and transcript, which is what they did anyway.

When I have spoken to my 1st student advisor: David **, (800) 798-0584 ext: **), my 2nd student advisor: Rasmikah **, (866) 475-0317 ext: **), my Wellness Coordinator - (Victoria ** (800) 798-0584 ext: **), and others' in the financial aid office (who are a different person any and every time that I called) they all have different stories to tell me.

Although I did not know at the time, the school was being very deceitful in talking me into attending Ashford University and once I was a student in the school they charged me fees and add so many costs until I was trapped, even if I would have tried to transfer (I was told) they would not give me my transcript. Now the Financial Aid office is telling me that I owe them (Ashford) $6,109.0 and they know that is not true. They kept my disbursements all but 2 checks. They kept the money and now the I owe the federal government for the money that Ashford stole from me and the Federal Aid office and that means that I have to pay twice. Ashford should be held accountable for all of the misery that they have placed on the students who came to them for an education. We, the students had no way of knowing that they were thieves.

I have been on several payment plans because of threats from Ashford and because of the fear of their threats. I would like to see closed it should be made to give back to the students the money that they stole. It was about the second year of my education that I noticed charges on my account and upon asking my student advisor what was going on and I was told "not to worry about it" and "it was probably a mistake." They will not release my records and that stops me from attending any other school for my Masters. From that point until I finally was allowed to graduate I received threats of one kind or another from them.

I have never been so depressed in my life and they still say I owe them $6,109.01 when they know that I do not. From 2012 on to now they have stolen from me. I am so sick of them and seems like they have gotten away with it. I did notice a listing of “other charges and fees” when I called the school and ask what is that for and what does it means. I was told by my student advisors again what does it mean because I live out of state.

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3 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: March 9, 2019

I signed up with Ashford to complete my degree in Business Administration back in Oct or Nov 2017. It was the biggest mistake I have ever made. I failed to do my research on the school and I am going to pay for it now. First things first I was lied to by the enrollment adviser, my wife is military and they attempted to talk me into using my WIFE'S GI BILL so she wouldn't have access to it, they wouldn't stop asking me to take it from her, it was almost to the point of harassment. The enrollment adviser said that my tuition would run at $600 total and I wouldn't have ANY OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES.

Clearly that was a lie! That's all they do and that's why they are getting sued. They started charging me much more than what I was told and then when I tried to fight it, they kept saying I signed paperwork, which I never did, the enrollment adviser wanted a signature from me and apparently copied and pasted it to other documents and I magically received them after I started school, so it was too late. I had to drop a few courses due to living in Florida and hurricanes would knock out power or the internet for a while and they told me the courses would be waived and I can take it all over again at no charge, never happened.

All in all I am now attending Arizona State University, paying less than Ashford is charging, FYI their courses run around $1200 or so for non-military... Yeah, that is PER FRICKIN CLASS YOU TAKE!! While a honorable school, that is not a money hungry *pick a bad word* hole, is going to charge $575 per course I take and actually cares about your education. I attempted to fight these ** too many times but they never get back to me in enough time and calling was hell. Enrollment Adviser was - Alan **. BIGGEST LYING PIECE OF *you choose the word you want here*! Save yourself the struggle and stress and please save your money because student loan in this case are going to take years and years and years to pay back. ALSO There is a huge lawsuit on this exact issue with the school as we speak, I was contacted by the lawyers recently on this issue.

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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: March 2, 2019

I attended Ashford from 2016 to 2019 and finally finished Feb 2019 and now they wanted to charge me 3091.00 plus 150 GRADUATION FEE. I did not sign up to participate in graduation ceremony and when I started I was told there would be no out of pocket expenses. Then all of a sudden there was an error in my FAFSA and they took forever to fix it. Finally figured out that I still have the grants and if I wanted them to pay off balance to send back a letter. I sent back and then today the balance owed doubled. 6000.00 and my transcript is frozen! I need to find a job and now they don't want to show proof I attended! I went here as a mom at 40 who wanted to better myself and they are a scam! DO NOT ATTEND!! STAY AWAY!!

5 people found this review helpful
Rated with 5 stars
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Original review: Feb. 25, 2019

I completed my degree four months ago and find myself using the skills and knowledge I gained on a daily basis. I'm making more confident, effective and efficient decisions. My learning was personalized and I never felt like just another number enrolled in a class. They accommodated my schedule requests and all but one course had an engaging and helpful professor. Overall, a positive experience, I'm glad I stuck it out when the course-load was tough.

4 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Feb. 14, 2019

I asked repeatedly for Ashford to let me take a break from my courses due to all kinds of personal circumstances that would not allow me to perform at my best. My advisor kept talking me in to staying with the course and just "taking a C- is better than withdrawing" etc., Every time I tried to leave the school on my own terms. When I finally could not continue my work anymore (it was the last straw), I asked that they withdraw me. Well I received a letter after that saying I was "academically dismissed" for not showing up/meeting attendance guidelines- even though I was always communicative on why I could not continue. They were actually sending emails to an email address provided by Ashford that I did not even have access to (the school provided one). Well, I did not know all of that until I was actually dismissed from the school.

Anyway, I tried to re-enter after they sent me an email asking when I thought I'd be back. I let them know it would be towards end of December. I then asked for info on how I needed to get that process started and THAT is when they said I was academically dismissed. I feel when I was asked to stick with the course that I KNEW I could not perform in, when I was told it would "be better to get a low grade than to withdraw" on my own terms, is so much as locking me in and setting me up for failure. I am so upset about this. I carried a 3.84 GPA, all through my schooling with you guys, all things considered. Nothing from now until the 6 months of when you tell me I can send another UGA is going to change, so I guess we will just chalk it up to a learning experience that maybe counselors aren't really the best to ask, and to trust your gut instincts.

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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Feb. 6, 2019

This review is not a good one. When I enrolled in Ashford University I was told that I would not have any out of pocket expenses, that between the student loans and the grant they would give me covered everything up until I got my degree and that I would then have some time to pay the loans off. Then yesterday I was told that I owe out of pocket expenses. And that they were putting a hold on my account and that I needed to withdraw from the school until it was paid.

When I looked at my finances on the student portal they are charging me $7470.00 for room and board and I am an online student so how can I be charged for room and board. I am also being charged $504.00 for transportation. It does not make any sense. Oh and I am being charged $4086 for other personal expense which does not give any details of what that is. If anyone is thinking about enrolling in this college don't do it, they are a big rip off and if I can find a lawyer I will be suing this college, for misleading and wrongful charges.

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12 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Feb. 3, 2019

I reported an instructor for unfair biased grading and they never acknowledged it. This instructor needs to be fired but they refuse to do anything about him. This university needs to watch who they hire and keep a record on them. I kind of regret attending this place.

9 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 30, 2019

Warning! This school is a complete joke. When I enrolled in Ashford University, I thought I would at least receive some kind of refund or disbursement from financial aid and student loans, boy was I wrong. After waiting about four month for my first refund, this school took out $9,346 in loans and about $3,000 in grants and told me I needed to make additional payments in order for me to stay enrolled. I immediately canceled all of my loans and grants and withdrew from Ashford University. My grants and loans were sent back to the Department of Education and they issued me a refund. I got smart on them and enrolled at a better, more affordable school before the bill was even sent to me. I'm now receiving about 2 thousand in refunds every 2 months. I'm also getting a better quality education compared to when I was at Ashford. I am so glad I switch schools.

25 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 11, 2019

I wasn't able to finish at my previous school due to travel issues. Working as a paraprofessional for the city, I wanted to continue my education further to become a teacher. I called several online schools and they were completely honest and said they do not offer a teacher preparation program for NY state (which is student teaching). The advisor at Ashford checked and told me with the Early childhood degree that they offer, I would be able to become a certified teacher in my state. Well lo and behold. 14,000 later, I find out that the advisor was wrong and that she wasn't there anymore.

Turns out with this degree I can become a teacher's aid! Why would I waste my time and money on becoming something I am already!!! This is a joke!! I want my money back! They are liars and schemers. They take the loans and financial aid and dont even give you a chance to review anything! I needed help because of family situations and they still failed me. I hate this place! I hope they shut down.

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11 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Dec. 12, 2018

First off I only called to receive information. Next thing I knew I was enrolled in school. It happened so fast I don’t even know how. I do know they are supposed to be going non profit by the end of this year but if this were true then why are costs increasing next year when students were promised this would lower cost. I was told my credits would transfer found out that only one previous class transferred. I am disabled and had extensions for my courses to complete my work although this I did not receive until I had already taken multiple classes and one professor noticed my struggle and explained to me how get help through the Ashford health and wellness center. Well I did this. I get extra time however not all of my instructors honored it or took my accommodations into consideration especially the last week of class.

They were always in a rush to get it done and over with one particular class. The school did not inform the students that the website would be down for maintenance on my due date for a final causing mine to be late. I tried to argue with my failing grade I received. Supposedly they were shifting around people in departments. I went through 3 academic advisors before this was dealt with and when it was I was only granted a “c” for a grade when the whole class I was an “a” student besides this and not completing the week 4 assignment as well due to not having cable for the week 4 assignment. We were required to watch a television show with they said we could stream as well supposedly. Well I found one or two of the shows to choose from online but it cost to watch it and I couldn’t afford.

They should have informed us of possible other fees for that class or told us having cable would be a requirement. After researching this school further (the more problems I had got me curious) I discovered the accreditation for this school was basically purchased with the purchase of a small school in Iowa. Ashford itself is less than 15 years old despite their claim of being around a hundred years old. I actually withdrew from school Monday due to a lack of a computer since mine no longer wants to work. I can no longer go to school online. I would love to return to school someday when I can afford to replace my computer however I have also discovered that my credits from Ashford will not transfer to other actually accredited schools which means that I have wasted the past year of my life there and now have lost a year of funding from financial aid that I cannot get back as well as over $16,000 in debt I have to repay for withdrawing.

And Ashford is claiming I will owe them as well an amount that is yet to be determined. In my opinion this is not a good school to attend to receive an actual education. Either the first few classes they give you are mandatory yet completely pointless and worthless. They are there. I was told to learn basics of life at and within the university as well as they will help you incorporate your education into the real world. This is just a bunch of bull to get you think these course were necessary which they definitely were not. I today have discovered they are being sued but this I only discover through an email that link me to a notification stating our financial information would be retrieved from the party suing the school. I talked to a few others I know that are attending the school and they did not receive the same email. I wonder if I received it since withdrew this.

I guess I will never know. I currently am receiving notices stating that I have been absence and if I do not attend they will be forced to withdraw me from school as well as letter from advisor asking when I will return and another stating I need to do an exit interview. Oh and then from the current class I was taking an email message stating I received a zero on my assignment which I was supposed to have a “w” in the course for withdrawing. Needless to say to me it seems this school only cares about one thing and it’s not education rather they only care about making a profit. Save your money. Go to a school you can actually step foot in. They are more trustworthy.

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Ashford University expert review by ConsumerAffairs

Founded in 1918 as a women's junior college, Ashford University has certainly grown beyond the mold. They now partner with Forbes in their School of Business and offer a complete range of educational services.

  • Good reputation: In education, reputation is everything, and Ashford University has one to be proud of.

  • Regionally accredited: In 2013, Ashford University earned accreditation from the WSCUC, one of the six regionally accrediting organizations.

  • Online and on-campus: Ashford University has a long established campus in Clinton, IA and a virtual campus available to students worldwide.

  • Transparent tuition: Tuition and fees are clearly posted on their website, so there are no unpleasant surprises after admission.

  • Internal scholarships available: There are several scholarships available through Ashford University for students who qualify.

  • Best for: New grads, promotion/job seekers, lifetime learners and full-time workers.

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Ashford University Company Information

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Ashford University
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8620 Spectrum Center Blvd.
San Diego
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United States
(866) 711-1700
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