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I was inquiring into several online accounting schools and got a call from Colorado Technical Institute the same day. The person on the line didn't tell me what the call was about or if it was a good time to talk. They did say the line was recorded and wanted to know where I graduated from, when I graduated, what degree I was pursuing, and even where I worked!
I was interested in getting information from the school so I stayed on the line but I felt like they were extremely aggressive. Almost predatory. I was transferred to the admissions department and they continued asking me, what I felt are personal questions. I should be asking about them. He wanted to know why I was interested in accounting, what drove me to that degree choice, why I hadn’t continued with my last school, what I have been doing since my last college classes, and on and on.
I was caught totally off guard. I don’t feel comfortable sharing personal information with complete strangers. He said he was trying to see if I was a good fit for the university and if the university was a good fit for me. Are you kidding? It’s Colorado Technical University! It’s not Brown, Colombia, or Stanford. A good fit for you is someone that pays their tuition or qualifies for government aid. Anyway, I hung up. I think the questions were completely inappropriate. If they reach out again I will tell them to never call me again.
Back in 2010 our family was going through a crisis due to the economic meltdown, I lost my job as a bookkeeper because the school had to cut back their budget by 70,000 so they let me and a couple other people go. I had decided to look into a job that would not be so hard hit by inflation and economic stress and researched into going into medical billing and coding. I checked out a couple different online universities and was told by a CTU rep that their course would cover all aspects of medical billing and coding. When I graduated in 2012 I was hired by a Medical facility in Oregon for the medical records department (only because I had experience with electronic medical record processing).
Our family moved to Oregon for this position so when an opportunity to advance into the coding department came up I jumped on it only to find out that I would need to acquire a RHIT certification. When I applied to go through the certification process I found out that CTU was NOT accredited for that area of coding and that I would have to take another course with a local college to do so. Since our family was already in financial distress and I did not want to accrue further tuition expenses and got out of the medical office environment as it was soon clear to me that there would be no chance for further advancement within the medical records department.
So here I am 7 years later still paying for tuition that I accrued for a series of classes that were unable to procure a certified position in the area of work I had originally aimed for. Is there someone out there that has legal counsel in this type of matter that can help either lessen or completely remove any remaining tuition I have. The other situation I have is that I work for people with disabilities but because of the way HIPAA is set up they are not recognized as employers even though the government pays my wages, so I can't even qualify for dept forgiveness. I am going to be 62 this year and I still have over 20,000 in tuition to repay.
I attended CTU Online many years ago. I am in the Washington DC area and had trouble of finding a job with my degree. The support from CTU Online is little to none after graduation. No JOB assistance at all. THANKS A LOT CTU ONLINE. NOW I AM TRYING TO GET LOAN FORGIVENESS ON ALL THE UNNECESSARY LOANS I TOOK OUT. I will never never ever be fooled again. WELL WISHES...think before you sign...
Absolute joke of a school. Transferred here from UMUC after the passing of my wife. I'm in their IT & computer systems security bachelors program. Some of the things that CTU has put me through - Registering me for classes that I had previously been given credit for which lead me to wasting my Post 9/11 benefits. Forcing me to take classes that I have already completed (which even use the exact same TestOut labs) for the sole purpose of monetary gain (private institution). Professors that show up late to class and take long "breaks". Professors that cannot manage their time and end up skipping long sections of course materials. Be warned - if you are looking at CTU for their cyber security program... go to UMUC, they are 50 steps ahead of CTU in every aspect.
This school is a complete joke. They run up your student loans. They return financial aid and tell you they made a mistake. Give you the run around all the while racking up loads of debt in your name. I finally had enough of teachers and depts not answering me for help in my classes. All I got was silence. I then withdrew and found another school and went to get my transcripts to transfer credit. Suddenly my transcripts are on hold. I owe 3k which was completely covered my financial aid which they returned to the government without my knowledge. Mind you this was after I ordered my transcripts from parchment and the new college talked to them. They are nothing but a joke retaliating but putting money you supposedly owe to block you receiving your transcripts.
I can’t get ahold of anyone to fix this issue and am scheduled to start my new college next month and CTU is giving me the runaround. I foresee I’m going to be suing this college and getting ahold of the CTU loan forgiveness suit. I refuse to be held responsible for loans that were racked by a college that kept overdrawing my financial aid in the excess of over 45k. Wouldn’t listen. They put me in the wrong degree program. Put me into a SAP and when I withdrew during the SAP they returned 3k and now have my transcripts froze after ordering them.
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I took out a student loan with CTU part way through my semester. It took me several weeks to get a hold of financial aid advisor to get it even completed. Set up to have the dispense remaining balance to myself at time of submitting for the loans. When they received the loans instead of sending funds out they refunded what I had already paid but held onto the money and applied the student loan to my account. It was explained with grants and loans they have to send them out in a timely manner, I assuming that’s why they did it the way they did so they could stall sending it out.
I call when it was supposed to be sent out and get told, "Oh I see that was supposed to be sent to you, it will be two more weeks of waiting and you should have the remaining balance," in two weeks still don’t have it and am told it has to go for review. It can take 24 hours to a week to have funds in my account. Call back in 24 hours speak to another representative, he tells me he will send it to management and will call me back at the end of the day, he did not. Called back the next day get told it was sent but they may not have it reviewed (not dispersed) another two and half. That will put us at 4 weeks, ridiculous. I will not go back for my msn through them now.
I was in Accounting II and I withdrew after first week and they still charged me full amount which was around 1,300 dollars! This is robbery. Nobody should have to pay for a class they didn't take. I don't care what the school policy is.
CTU signed me up for one of their master's programs around 2005. They registered me for financial aid. I filled out and submitted all documents on time. School withdrew me from school 1 week before my last class was completed. I had spent hundreds of hours on and had an A in the class. This caused me to lose my financial aid. They did not offer any solutions. Told me my financial aid was taking too long. They sent me a bill of a couple thousand dollars. Ruined my credit. Refused to give me a letter grade for my class since I could not finish the class. They wanted to extort money from me for something not delivered. I ended up filing for Bankruptcy on 2008 and included this in the Bankruptcy. Currently, trying to sign up for another Master's Degree. CTU still wants me to extort a couple thousand from me before I get my transcripts. They are ignoring Federal Bankruptcy laws. Stay away from this school.
Last year I reported a few things to the BBB about CTU and how I would not be able to use my Subsidized Student Loan anymore after CTU. Here the breakdown, before I was forced to enroll at CTU, I chatted with some person on their site about the different programs. Well lo and behold I was enrolled into classes and was asked to sign a "payment" statement in which I didn't see the whole thing because they didn't have a link and the person said "this will help with your interests on your loans", LIE! Needless to say they used more of my loans than they were supposed to and now I don't have access to my loans for the school I am with now, which is local. I mean I've asked to have the "interest free" fee removed but they didn't and still owe $2000.
This is from the FA Department from my current school "Upon reviewing your 2018/19 financial aid award at McLennan, we have determined that based on the federal subsidized undergraduate usage limit (SULA), you have no more subsidized loan eligibility for the program in which you are enrolled." And yet CTU claims that I still access to that, ANOTHER LIE. I would love to see the loan money returned to the DoE because I did NOT get a degree, I have been fighting my loan provider over this all because CTU screwed me over. If CTU responds to me, please make sure you refund all that money you took from me (aka loans).
I enjoyed the symposium, it exceeded my expectations. If it wasn't so expensive to attend I would recommend moving back to 4 symposiums. The faculty and the students were so uplifting and the food was great. I would appreciate a writers workshop, to cover APA and citing (even though you can get all this online via doc library). I enjoyed the office hours and all the workshops. I found the check-in, check-out and attendance sheet to be cumbersome, but despite that I truly enjoyed the amount of support CTU gives their students. This was a breathtaking refresher that I needed.
The Symposium was a great experience. My only suggestions is much better directions for getting to and from the hotel in regards to the train and catching a bus from union station. Faculty and staff were exceptional. Some of the rooms were extremely hot.
I had a great experience at my first symposium. It was a very energizing experience. I had a great opportunity to get a better perspective on what other students are working on, some of the "potholes", challenges they are overcoming, topics, etc. Great opportunity to network and learn more. I found workshops and one-on-one office hours with the professors to be the best part of the journey. Very nice food and lodging. A few suggestions: would be nice to have a quick 15 minute information about CTU and CEC. More sessions in the supply chain, strategy, and project management areas. Have more faculty share what were the top struggles in their programs and how they overcame it.
I now realize why Symposium is a requirement for students. I had underestimated the importance of the networking and the value of the tools offered. I have several takeaways that I will be implementing immediately. I wish I would have attended sooner!
I enjoyed the entire process from the start until now. The symposium was very knowledgeable and I gained a lot of information from it. I would recommend that all doctoral students participate in this symposium. The workshops was also very good. Until now I didn't have a research question; now I do. The professors are doing an excellent job in preparing us for what is next to come.
This was an awesome experience. The faculty was extremely knowledgeable. The classes were on time. The only drawback was technical difficulties. Not to mention that the food was great. I especially loved the office hours. I was able to sit face-to-face with my professors.
It has been interesting so far. Admissions rushed me into class before I had the chance to sort out my financial aid, and now, I have come up against obstacles. I am NOT impressed with the Admissions Dept. or Financial Aid Dept. The Academics is okay, at least for now!
I currently attended Colorado Technical University Online. I love the learning platform that CTU uses. The virtual campus is easy to navigate. The staff and faculty are always available and willing to help. If you are interested in a college I suggest CTU!
This was a great experience and I learned a lot of information during many of the sessions, but I could not access technology to all the tools should work. Specifically Endnote. The Library and Qualitative session were the best. Networking with the returning students has inspired me to work hard. I enjoyed the fact that we were granted extra day to submit assignments. See you at GRADUATION.
DM Criminal Justice - Wonderful, exciting and very educational. I have made a lot of connections and lifelong friends during this Symposium. The Drs. are hands on and extremely gracious when handling the students which makes for a comfortable setting. There is nothing that I change nor do I have any further input. Thank you CTU for the experience!!!
Hotel doesn't match the conference. The cartoonish style of the hotel is not a professional academic environment. The conference rooms are small and placed randomly. The AC/cooling of the rooms is inadequate. The feature presentation while interesting is not appropriate for a doctoral program. We do not require a motivational speaker. The individual meeting with faculty should be expanded. The food/mixers were well done.
Since the beginning, my experience has been awesome. I earned all of my degrees with CTU. For this program, since the beginning, my experience with the admissions team and Jolanta was very engaging and amazing. I love Jolanta. Very easy to talk to. I would recommend anyone to CTU.
From the very start it was a great experience. My fears and apprehension was put to rest from the start with admissions and carried through to my first class. I have learn more in one semester and one symposium than I had in my previous doctoral program. I highly recommend anyone looking to enroll in a doctoral program that is looking for support from start to finish.
Attending CTU has been the best decision I have made. I have no regrets at all choosing this school after my attendance with AIU. I am going to try and influence a friend of mine who is thinking of pursuing her Doctorate and I am excited overall for what this journey lies ahead.
CTU has been a very good school with respect of support to the students. The atmosphere created for the student is phenomenal. The networking events, the access to the faculty, the friendly manner of the faculty members gives the student the confident and motivation to complete the program.
I think the symposium is definitely a must for every student that is going through the program. My first year, I had a lot of information that I got from the event; which made it very instrumental in changing my research topic to what it is now.
The overall experience that I have had at Colorado Technical University has been remarkable, the entire staff has been top notch. The initial admissions process was very easy, and when I wasn’t on top of my own information, a diligent and professional admissions representative would contact me. My student success coach is second to none, Courtney ** is there to field questions, and help in any way possible. This first year has flown by, this second symposium is just as good as good as the last. I look forward to completing my program and referring my friends to Colorado Technical University!!
It’s been a great experience from day one. From application to orientation to the classes. The faculty members are super friendly and are very helpful. I hope to finish my Doctoral Degree in Data Analytics in about 2.5 years. I hope that the journey is as smooth as the last two months. Thank you!
Professors and staff always have the student's best interest in mind. CTU is surely success oriented. Symposiums are always a great place to catch up with other students and staff. Meals here at the Curtis were great. I was here for the alumni session and Dr. ** did a great job facilitating that discussion.
I am so excited to be part of Cohort 64. From the amazing admissions team to the beginning of my doctoral courses, it has been great thus far. My only recommendation would be for more engagement from the instructors online. Sometimes it takes a whole week for an email response. Other than that, I have never been more excited and happy to be here at CTU!!!
The experience I have had overall has been positive. The only suggestion is that the advisers should check in on their students before they graduate. I didn't know that I could start my program and bypass my last two classes until it was too late. I think that should have been communicated way before. Otherwise, I truly believe that they want to see students succeed.
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Colorado Technical University is a career-oriented college that has been in operation since 1956. Colorado Technical University introduced its online school in 1995 to expand beyond its campus in Colorado Springs.
Military support: Colorado Technical University is a strong supporter of students who are currently or were formerly members of the United States military. CTU has awarded over $4.5 million in scholarships for military members.
CTU Fast Track: The CTU Fast Track program gives you a series of exams in a key course subject to give you college credit for what you already know. Passing a Fast Track exam earns credits that will help you graduate faster.
Online and campus classes: CTU has both online and campus classes to give local students the opportunity to choose their learning environment.
Online tuition and scholarship calculators: CTU provides online calculators that allow you to estimate your tuition costs and your financial aid. These services are useful if price is a key factor in choosing your school.
Career-oriented curriculum: CTU is designed to help you train with industry-related classes. This curriculum makes CTU ideal for people looking for employment or promotion in a particular field.
Best for: people seeking a job or promotion, military students and students who are currently employed.
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