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First damage by this company: AES/CIS ED placed a 60-days-late Sep 2011 on my credit report in error. In Jun-Jul 2011, my loan was transferred from XPRESS LOAN SERVICING to AES/CIS ED and AES/CIS ED neglected to continue my long-established, contract auto-debit payments when they became the new servicer of my loan in Jul 2011. When I realized their error, I contacted them immediately. I should not have been penalized for their clerical error. I have tried several times to get the 2011 negative, 60-day-late notation taken off of my credit, and hit has cost me higher interest rates on loans over the past seven years.
Second damage by this company: In March of 2012, I paid my student loan balance in full, however, in Mar of 2017, AES/CIS ED started reporting to the three credit reporting bureaus that I was once again making payments, but was 60-days-late Jul 2017, and then they reported that my account was again closed in Jan 2018. This is another clerical error made by AES/CIS. My account has been paid in full since Mar 2012, NO payments due, NO balance due since March 2012, therefore should be NO reporting at all for the period Apr 2012-2018. I have been trying to resolve this issue with AES/CIS ED and they are treating me as though it is me that has made some error.
Their customer service is sorely lacking while they damage my credit and hinder my ability to refinance my home. This is the second time this company has damaged my credit and their representatives speak over the top of my words as I try to ask them to please look at their own accounting and correct their errors! This second erroneous notation of a 60-day-late payment Jul 2017 on an account that has been closed since 2012 is egregious and if not resolved immediately, I will take legal action for damages. Enough is enough!
We have been trying to refile our IBR status with this company now for 4 months. They have successfully lost our paperwork, insisted on paperwork that is not required by student loan.gov and claimed to be able to resolve our issues before our payments were to restart. Now, we are being threatened with emails that our accounts are past due and may be defaulted. This is not the first time this has happened. They insist that they are working on issues and then say that they have never been asked for what you are requesting. This happens every time that we have to do our recertification paperwork.
On top of this, they are constantly changing interest rates and we now owe 3X the original loan amounts. When you ask them to make records on your files of conversations, they do not. Even when you speak to a customer service manager. I do not recommend this company to anyone. I also suggest that if you have an issue with them to file a complaint with the CFPB.
Seeing how most of these reviews are by students/borrowers who are still paying/defaulted on their loans, here is an opinion of someone who has paid them off. I borrowed approximately $22,000 in loans from PNC/AES from 2013 through 2015. I spent approximately two years paying off the loans on a salary of $40,000. Below is a pros/cons list of the company and website:
Pros: Can make and apply payments of any quantity outside of the regular auto-payment, this is extremely useful for trying to pay down a loan using the avalanche method. The customer service is U.S. based and generally the wait times are low(er). I have contacted AES roughly 25 times over four years and have always gotten a somewhat satisfactory/informative answer. Website interface is easy/instant chat support is useful and convenient. Company seems to be making a genuine effort to update and streamline the overall student loan repayment process.
Cons: Services reps could be more knowledgeable, sometimes information can be conflicting. Although website is simple, many links have lost their functionality/don't work. Once you have paid off your loans the payment transaction history is frozen, in order to see your payment transactions you have to contact the company and request them (7-10 business days processing time). Website alerts don't synchronize with the Dropbox/uploading tool. Sometimes a new document is in my AES inbox and I will not get an alert. This can be problematic for time sensitive items.
Do not trust anyone at this company. I called regarding a rebate that was on my account to find out what it was for. I was told it was part of the Graduate Benefit Program. I asked if it had to be a Bachelors Degree and was told only Associate’s Degree on multiple occasions. I completed my Associates Degree and submitted all the documentation. I was told I was ineligible for my 1% rebate. I have called many times and asked for the supervisor and never got a return call when I was told I would. I also never received the rebate I was promised. I would avoid this company at all costs! They are horrible!!
Almost $12k in student loan payments and have never been late. A whopping $6k goes into interest and only $6k into principal. This company, part on PNC Bank should be investigated so get on the phone and call your state reps. who most likely are in bed with these thieves. Stay away from American Education Services based in Harrisburg, PA and find other lenders. Horrible service dept. and I can't imagine how people would be working at this fraud factory.
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These folks are absolute crooks of the highest order. They continually up your interest rate. When you contact them to ask a question, you get more runaround than any government agency in North Korea! The interest rate while showing an extremely high 7% calculates at about 50%.
If I could give them NO stars I definitely would. They've lost my paperwork to defer my loans 2x. I assumed they were deferred the first time, checked and they did not get my paperwork. Sick of them and their horrible customer service, I sent a request to consolidate to Navient. 2 days later, they reported my loans being 90 days default. I know this was done as retaliation. My FICO score dropped WAY below that what it ever has been. Screw them. Something needs to done about them. There needs to be a class action filed ASAP.
DO NOT TAKE OUT STUDENT LOANS WITH THIS COMPANY. I took out a Spousal Consolidation Loan with this company in 2000. I have been paying on this loan for 17 years now and have only paid down my principal $3500!! I've paid $54,000 IN INTEREST on a $46,000 loan. When I asked them about debt forgiveness, they told me my loan didn't qualify for it and I'd have to take out a different loan to pay off the existing loan and then make 10 MORE years of payments.
On October 11th I received a letter stating they had sold my loan Reliamax. When I logged on all billing options had been removed and I could not see if my previously scheduled auto payment had been canceled nor could I cancel it. But sure enough AES took the money anyway on October 30th and once I contacted them they gave me the runaround and said no they would not refund the money but simply forward it to Reliamax. No care in the world that I am short 200 dollars now of money that was not budgeted to spend. I ended up having to submit a fraud charge through my bank to get the money back.
I received a student loan from AES 10 years ago. I've maintained appropriate payments, with never a delinquency to the account. Two weeks ago I contacted AES by phone to ask if the co-signer could be removed. They said it would be a six month process, and at that time I told the agent I would go ahead and initiate transferring the balance to another institution. The next day AES blocked access to my account summary online, and five days later the loan was sold off to another lender (ReliaMax) without telling me (I have trouble believing this timing is coincidence). Now the transfer payments I initiated have conveniently been lost in cyberspace. The transferring institution says they sent the funds, and the funds were received by AES. AES claims they never received the funds, and so now I have an extra open account.
I have three student loans with AES for my sons. For each loan, AES has consistently and systematically raised the interest rates on each. Listed below are the dates for the last 5 interest rate hikes AES has imposed: 10/4/2016, 12/31/2016, 4/4/2017, 7/5/2017, 9/30/2017. To make matters worse, there's never any explanation as to why the interest rate has increased. I'm going to refinance these loans with another loan servicer and leave this SHAM lender alone!!!
This company is the hardest to work with in managing loans. 1) Removing a co-signer is impossible unless you pay off your loan or consolidate it elsewhere. After 7 years on auto-pay with no late payments does not count. They will not remove a name off the loan. 2) Communication is slow. You have to wait 48 hours before getting a response to a question. Most of the time they aren't even answering your question and giving you the runaround. Do you not have documentation of previous communications with your customers? 3) I manage my husband's loans. I am an authorized user. The fact that I called in to check on the loans which I am paying automatically caused them to block the account. Honestly, if someone wants to hack our loans and pay for it, go ahead! In the event you need a loan in the future, do not go with this company. Navient, SoFi, your bank, etc. are better options.
This company is a JOKE! I am in school part-time, trying to finish my dissertation and EVERY semester they try and say I am delinquent on my loan with them. I send them the info they need and the university does the same but they STILL do this. I FINALLY got the Chancellor’s office to handle it and now, I am only delinquent when the semester ends and before it begins. They are a joke!!!
I sent them my forbearance application, along with the requested documents (EDD Letter and Job Exit Letter because my position ended at the end of the school year); however, they were the only lender out of 3, that said this wasn't sufficient information for proof of unemployment. I sent them an email asking to resolve this issue...
IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH AES, REPORT THEM TO THE Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group https://studentaid. ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman. They handle all of the complaints about federal loans with lenders. These are the complaints they handle: If you have an issue with improperly posted payments, you must contact your loan servicer and attempt to resolve the issue by providing evidence. If your loan is in default but you believe it should not be, gather proof of payments and contact your loan servicer to address it directly with them. They encourage you to do a ton of work first and explore every possible avenue before contacting them. This can be frustrating, but it is the government we’re talking about! The only loans they can help with are federal loans.
Be alert. I just got AES to admit they had me paying off someone else's loans!!! First, they will give you the runaround and tell you to contact someone else. Don't fall for it. I may also suggest live chat and demand transcripts of the chat. They will email it to you and then you have proof. It took months and months and notarizing fraud/identity theft paperwork, make several copies, as they intentionally lose it, and having found my original loan promissory notes, and contacting ombudsmen, CFPB, before they would do anything.
They knowingly forcing me to pay loans that are not mine! And now that they admit they are not even my student loans, they refuse to return my money, which legally they have to do. So that's where I'm at with them. Plus they refuse to notify credit bureaus, loan servicer they sold these loans to that they are not mine, and AES refuses to remove my name, or correct NSLD website. These 2 loans, that begin <$7k, and $13k I paid, bal. Is over $20k. FIND THOSE PROMISSORY NOTES FOLKS. And double check those amounts are even your loans.
Very frustrating dealing with AES! I never do anything like this because I understand that my debts are just that! Mine! My responsibility to pay! Here's the problem! I took out a student loan several years ago. It was 3500 dollar loan! Payments 50 dollars a month for 8 years or less. A few years back some major changes took place and I was in financial distress! I called AES they offered forbearance! They were very nice. They always have been. However a few months later I get a nasty letter telling me my loan is going to default. When I called I was told there was no record of my loan ever being in forbearance. But that I could bring it current and then request forbearance again! It was hard but I did it. When I called back I was told that I couldn't request forbearance if I wasn't behind on payments! GEEZ REALLY! This went on off and on for a while.
Well a year ago I was told that I qualified for an income based repayment plan. I'm single with children! I thought great I was so relieved. I gave them everything they asked for and I was told based on my information my payments were 0. This would be good for a year but if my situation changed to let them know. I happily agreed! Several months later I get another nasty letter my loan is defaulting. When I called I was told they could see the request but had never gotten what they needed to process it and now there's nothing I can do. They seem to have a problem holding on to things. I have paid back around 4500 dollars and they say I still owe 2800 dollars!!! It was only 3500 dollar loan. I guess they are either going to garnish my pay or take my tax refund in January! It seems like there should be something we could do about this. It isn't right and they shouldn't get so much money. It's like they are just legally stealing money from people!
When I first started paying on my student loans I assumed payments were being applied as directed; I was completely wrong! Please make sure you check on any payment you send to your student loan. I have tried to send an extra payment on a monthly basis to try to pay off my debt, and after countless calls and speaking to managers I have come to accept I have to check on my loan minimum twice a month. The problems have ranged from my extra payments not being applied AT ALL (in which case I have to send bank statements and copy of check) to my account being placed on "Paid Ahead" status as it continues to accumulate interest. If you check the website, it states you can target specific loans online, which is completely false.
Every manager I speak to gives me a different reason for my payment being applied as they see fit, versus how I am asking for my payment to be applied. Reasons range from putting a cap on how much you can pay towards a subsidized loan to a letter being mailed with the check with "EXACT WORDING." In one of my previous calls, I had to have the manager dictate the letter I needed to write, which I send out with my check on a monthly basis. Of course this has done nothing to the way my payment is applied, as now they tell me letters are thrown away once the check is received and the person receiving the check is not the one to apply the payment.
Now, along with the letter stapled to the check, I have to write 3 things on the memo field of the check, "DO NOT PLACE MY ACCOUNT ON PAID AHEAD STATUS", the loan number I want to target, and my account number. You would assume with all this information I would not have a problem; however, you are wrong again! My payment is still not applied to the account stated, I have to spend a minimum of 15 minutes on the phone verifying all my contact information and getting pass the automated service explaining how I have to call EVERY single month, and I have to wait 7-10 business days before my payment is reapplied. In some cases, this does not happen and I need to call again, in others, I have to submit yet another letter asking them to reapply my payment. I sure wish I had looked at my loans closely for the first 5 years of payments; or that I had the money to pay them off once and for all!
I have received 6 letters in the mail, and an email claiming and I owe them money for my graduate school loan. All my loans are with Navient, and they have no record of transferring any of my accounts to another lender. The department of education also has no record of me having any loans with them. What they are doing is fraud and harassment.
I borrowed $25K in student loans, which were sold/consolidated with AES. This was the biggest mistake of my life. I would have been better off with a loan shark. I have paid over $28K in loan payments but still owe $20K. That means $5K went toward principal and $23K went to interest and fees. I have tried get assistance with to no avail. Their only response is to pay more than my scheduled payment.
If you are co-signing for a student loan, DO NOT USE A.E.S. unless you want to be on the hook as a co-signer indefinitely, get different answers from different people on how to be removed as a co-signer, have poor communication about it, and be denied numerous times for different ridiculous reasons. I have tried 4 times without "success" to be removed. Here I am 6 years into the loan, my daughter making an excellent salary where she can borrow 10x what she owes AES now, and they still won't let me out of being a co-signer. She is about to refinance with another company, so bye-bye AES. They will lose 10s of thousands of $ of future interest payments because of their incompetence in handling my simple, achievable request.
I received a letter that I was going into default. I called and explained I had recently gone through a separation and was a struggling single parent of 2. I couldn't afford my regular day to day bills and couldn't afford the payment. I was told that I could do a voluntary arrangement on top of the 15% garnishment that was being sent to my employer. Well I worked 4 plus years in my current position for state of SC and state rules say you can't maintain job and have a default loan. So now I'm without employment and there is no check to garnish but now my children and I may soon be on the streets.
This company is a joke. They are in this business to make money. They don't care about the borrowers and when you call in to get other payment options they don't exist. I didn't know when I went through PNC Bank for my student loans that I would be dealing with AES or I never would have used them.
My student loans were managed by AES. When I sent a payoff for the loans, they cashed the checks and did not apply the payment (of several thousands of dollars). They could not find the payments in their system at first, then they claimed the account number was not on the checks, although I had images of the checks that clearly showed the account number and the checks were accompanied by a formal payoff letter specifying the amounts, name on the loan, and the account number. The employees I spoke with were rude and dismissive, and they did not provide any solutions to the problem. When I asked to log a complaint, the representative hung up on me.
AES keep locking me out of my account and changes my payments monthly, they are deceptive and provide inaccurate information to purposely make people late. AES will not provide information requested. I have been requesting assistance for years and my account issues have gone unresolved. The AES ombudsman has not returned my calls. I'm tired of no assistance and being set up for more fraudulent fees added to my account. AES cooks the books. Department of Education knowingly allows AES to commit fraud on their behalf. Beware they are in bed together. You will never get assistance. This is legal fraud. The student loan debt numbers are not real if you minus the bogus fees and interest most student loans would be paid off 10 fold. The servicing companies are in bed with Dep of Ed. You are better off not going to school in the US. Get a better free education in Europe.
I am very much a responsible borrower. I pay on time and never missed it. This company is not helping students to help pay for student loans. The interest rate keeps increasing after transferring from Bank of America to AES. It keeps increasing ever since I got transferred to AES. This company is making people stressed more. I have never received more than 1 bill statement with Bank of America's account. With AES aka "Hell Education" company, I have received at least more than 2 statements monthly.
MAKING PROFITS IS TRULY THEIR MISSION! It is totally NOT reliable. This company should NOT exist because they are merely making profits out of students who are responsible borrowers/new borrowers. Therefore, they don't deserve any stars. 1 star because it was required! They deserve 0 STAR! This company should be DEAD DEAD DEAD! Or change it to "HELL EDUCATION!
I recently decided to apply for an income based repayment plan after several years of essentially paying interest only on my $22,000 in student loans. As with other reviewers, the amount I owe continues to increase because of the capitalization of interest. I faxed income tax documents to them 4/19 and emailed them a couple days ago because I had not received an update. The gal who responded said my information was received 4/28. Well, if I faxed info 4/19 and they didn't get it till 4/28 exactly where did it go in between those dates? They're not very clear with the process. In prior communication with them I was given a time frame but differing information appeared on their site. It just seems like they make it difficult for customers to enroll in an IBR plan. That is at least my experience so far.
I'd like to remind others who are young and out of college to really understand what they are signing up for. When these folks called me many, many years ago, I really didn't get it - the high interest rate and consolidation of loans. Sounded like a good option at the time. Now that I'm much older and working in a financial institution, I would have made better choices. Please be sure to educate yourselves fully on your options!
I signed for a combined subsidized and unsubsidized student loans to pay for Master Degree in 2006. The loans amount mounted to $23,500.00 at an interests rate of 5.37% for the life of the loans. 5.37% of 23,500.00 = $1,300.00 more or less. I paid $110.00 for ten years = $13,000.00. Not even one cent has been applied to principal. This is usury and plain open and in your face fraud. I called a month ago for a complete payments records from 2006 - 2016 before I Initiate legal action and nothing. This government agency or department needs to be expose to the media. They are doing the same crap to my youngest son who graduated from college two years ago. I am forward to help expose the crooks running this dept. Let me know.
I have been paying in my loans since 2011 with automatic withdrawals. They stated I would qualify for a cheaper payment. My loans have since gone up because they said I had put my loans in deferment several times over the loan. I asked them why they have reported to the credit union Experian and Equifax for the past 12 years said they weren't sure why. I asked for phone records so I could see supposedly who I was talking to and they said they could not. This company needs investigated.
This company is by far the worst Company I have ever had to deal with. They send threatening letters demanding you pay so much or else they will take further action. Will NOT work with you in arranging payments you can afford and will NOT defer your loans if you are still in school. Total rip off and you will be paying out the ** if you get a loan with this company. They need to be shut down for their practices. If I would have known all of this in the beginning I sure in heck wouldn't have gotten anything through them...
Borrowed 28K. Payments over 20 years totaled 28K plus another $7300 in interest. Lowest balance was $17000 due to 9% interest. Husband died. Lost insurance. Medical Bankruptcy. AES in PA student loans wouldn't adjust terms. Now owe $39,000 at 9%. Lost husband, my house, every cent, my credit and ability to work in some settings since federal government can take salary, social security and Medicare payments I could receive... AES ruins my life more and more every day and should pay ME damages. Unfair Lending Practices. Greed. They got their money back plus some interest. AES is the greedy evil banker Mr. Potter from It's A Wonderful Life. No wonder George Bailey felt desperate but I won't stop fighting these criminal bankers.
American Education Services Company Information
- Company Name:
- American Education Services
- 1200 North 7th Street
- Postal Code:
- United States
- (800) 233-0557