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      Rated with 5 stars
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      Original review: Aug. 29, 2019

      Never went to college out of high school and needed the higher education degree to further my career. I took all of my classes at AU. I never had a problem or issue with Ashford or any of the instructors. I kept on top of my studies and even took breaks when I moved across the US for work relocation, no issues. Near the end I started doubling and even tripling up classes in order to finish sooner, still no issues. If you are an adult, willing to act like one and do the work, you will not have any issues with this school. I completed my degree in Spring of 2019 and it was a lot of hard work but it would have been regardless of what school I went to.

      13 people found this review helpful
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      Original review: June 6, 2019

      I just finished reading several reviews regarding Ashford Univ. There are several negative reviews and that is unfortunate for both school and student. I have attended this school in 2012 and re-entered 2/18 seeking a BA in ABS. I have six classes left and will graduate in 2/2020. My experience here was positive and truthful. From the school awarding me 56 credits previously from other schools, financial aid, cost, etc., have been correct and in-line void of any disappointment. If I needed a break here and there it was afforded to me no problem, even after having no power or internet for 30 days after Hurricane Michael. I don't anticipate any problems in the future either. There will always be haters and people blaming someone else for their troubles, and sometimes they are correct. Read between the lines. Great school great experience for me.

      24 people found this review helpful
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      Rated with 5 stars
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      Original review: April 10, 2019

      I completed 90 credits with another online University, before my employer developed a partnership with Ashford. I had no complaints about the University I attended, I paid out of pocket expenses, student loans and had access to tuition reimbursement programs. Through my employer's partnership with Ashford, I chose to enroll and take advantage of their full tuition grant program. I had the most wonderful experience with Joseph the enrollment adviser. He lead me through the process with getting my credits transferred, setting up the bridge between Ashford and my employer and went above and beyond his job to help me get it all taken care of.

      I took the opportunity to read the negative reviews on this University and found that most of the complaints are financial related, not with the University, staff or curriculum itself. Online University is not a cheap, easy or fake way through education. It is definitely not for everyone, and I would encourage anyone to re-evaluate before enrolling to make sure this is the right choice for them. Be accountable for your own knowledge, actions and financial planning.

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      23 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 5 stars
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      Original review: April 10, 2019

      I just completed my Bachelors in Criminal Justice and I must say that I would and will recommend Ashford to anyone I come in contact with. I am an active duty Marine and they have accommodated me whenever I had to withdraw from school due to military deployments. My advisor was great and although they did change once it never really had an impact on the quality of service I received. It is a lot of work so if you do not have the discipline I do not recommend taking any college courses. Also, take the time to review your financial options, do not get into something you cannot afford. The college is for profit so make sure all your financial paperwork is in order. The professors were great for the most part, and the curriculum was comparable to other universities. They all make you take classes you think you do not need this is not out of the ordinary. College is not free people make sure you have a plan!!!

      15 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 4 stars
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      Original review: Nov. 30, 2018

      I just finished my major classes and am in my 3rd year working on my minor - if you have self-discipline and can enforce good time-management to get your workload done according to the grading rubric and requested date, it is awesome. I have had zero issues with the material or workload - very flexible and I always take a lot away with me. The teachers can be hit or miss - but I've had way more positive/neutral experiences than I have bad - and it just takes an email to them to remedy it (not everyone grades the same, this can be a gray area if it is written assignments vs. Math and Science where it is black and white answers).

      I used the GI Bill to cover my courses and it has run very smoothly - just make sure you double up on all those general education classes in the beginning so you don't run out of your eligible 36 months before your bachelors is complete. Ashford has classes all year long - but only one course at a time - so when creating the GI Bill they were thinking of traditional school terms (and multiple classes at once to finish in 36 months). This was a surprise- but the Pell Grant really helps and I'll only need a small student loan to cover the rest thankfully.

      My advisors aren't ever really helpful and informative - but they're there if I have queries. I only wish Ashford offered more reputable/beneficial honors clubs. I've maintained a 4.0 and can't see the value in any of the ones which have invited me :P. I would suggest this school if you are willing to commit yourself to the independent workload :). It can be accommodated by any schedule.

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      17 people found this review helpful
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      Rated with 1 star
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      Original review: Oct. 15, 2019

      I took a class in Spring of 2017. In October of 2019 I get a bill from a collection agency saying that I have not paid my bill from AU. I paid for my class so I'm not even sure what this extra %55 was for. They never sent me a bill. Just went straight to the collection agency. Not sure how I'm suppose to pay a bill that I don't know exists.

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      Rated with 1 star
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      Original review: Sept. 19, 2019

      This university preys on military and families with little knowledge of financial aid. Huge promises that will never, ever, be fulfilled. They will drain your GI bill, financial aid, and will take/hold as much money as they can get. When you smarten up and try to transfer, good luck with transcripts. They will charge you with BS holds and request 350$ before releasing. You have been warned, this university is a SCAM.

      8 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 1 star
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      Original review: Sept. 6, 2019

      Can't find a job with worthless Ashford degree and in debt! The title says it all. This place is one giant scam. Their representatives are judged by how many students they sign-up week after week and if they don't enroll enough then they're fired. Just look at the Glassdoor reviews for this place. Do you really think they have your best interests at heart? I went through months at this school wondering why everything was so easy and fellow students who hardly did any work got the same grades I did! Now I am up to my eyeballs in debt that I can never get rid of and this sorry excuse for a school is thousands of dollars richer.

      7 people found this review helpful
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      Original review: July 31, 2019

      I am enrolled in the HVAC program with Ashford University. They denied me the voucher for the EPA certification with I paid for as a part of the program. The reason: I have not completed their lousy diploma program. You DO NOT need an online HVAC certification to handle refrigerant or work in HVAC. You DO NEED the EPA 608 which I was told would be provided in voucher form. The program has no direct access to an instructor (there is not even an instructor with contact information my class!), no group discussions or anything beyond a textbook which has been useful. I am now employed in HVAC, and would NOT recommend Ashford University. Their school is only nationally accredited which many employers no longer recognize, meaning any other expensive program would be a waste.

      7 people found this review helpful
      Rated with 1 star
      Verified Reviewer
      Original review: July 30, 2019

      After attending Ashford University for 2 years I called to reenroll after taking a break because of family. I have 4 course to complete my BA degree. I was told I owed $490. Ok from where? Then after reviewing the acct they said, "Oh we sent your balance to external collections." I said, "Why, no one called, emailed nor paper mailed me." They said, "We called 7 times from automatic numbers and we don't have to leave voicemails nor are we obligated to email you." After speaking to Bob ** he stated, "Informing you isn't our responsibility nor the collection agency." Wth? If someone owes a debt IT IS your responsibility to make several attempts to contact the debtor. If you cannot complete your degree without breaks and full financial aid DO NOT ENROLL at Ashford University. It has been 5 months and still no contact from Ashford's collection department nor the alleged collection agency.

      20 people found this review helpful
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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

      Company Name:
      Ashford University
      Year Founded:
      1918
      Address:
      8620 Spectrum Center Blvd.
      City:
      San Diego
      State/Province:
      CA
      Postal Code:
      92123
      Country:
      United States
      Phone:
      (866) 711-1700
      Website:
      www.ashford.edu
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