Review Averages: 5.5 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association
DeVry University Reviews:
Theft of GI Bill as well as taking advantage of Veterans.
MBA - August 17, 2015
I attended DeVry University during my active duty. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2013. I now attend Keller Graduate School of Management for my MBA. I have had nothing but problems. I have already filed a complaint to VA as well as spoke to numerous Finance personnel and a Team Leader. I was told numerous times different conflicting information. I have also filed a complaint with Consumer Affairs as well as the Department of Education Office of Inspector General. Let me explain my situation and how I feel I have been discriminated against as a Disabled Veteran of the United States Air Force. First the school charged me for a class I should have never had to take. I attended 2 classes in March 2014. The Econ class I, which I completed and passed. The statistics class I got overwhelmed in and withdrew to take later. I was sent a notification by VA in May of 2014 that the Economics class was a transfer credit and I had to pay it back. Well Keller failed to mention to me that I got transfer credit for it so they sent me letters of debt and I contacted the VA and Keller. It took me until October 2014 to get this debt resolved. If I had not fought this issue I would have had to pay your school double for a class that I took based on incorrect information from Keller. Keller ended up taking credit for it and using Yellow Ribbon and some other grant to pay the money back to VA. Which is wrong and they should have paid it. The second issue is that I was being charged for the Statistics class by Keller despite VA already paying the bill. I know this because if VA had taken the charge back I would have owed for BAH which I have not. I finally got that issue sorted out after filing a complaint with the VA GI Bill compliance Team and they sent the complaint to Devry. Why you would get to investigate your own complaint is a very big question. The biggest issue I have had is that I received a D+ in 1 class a C+ in another and the rest are high A's and B's. It was because of these grades I apparently dropped to below a 3.0 GPA. Here in lies the discrimination. Why I am being held to a different standard than other students. Why do I have to maintain a different GPA because of my financial aid? Not to mention why I am being punished for something that I did not fail nor get an incomplete. The punishment does not fit the crime. Apparently schools have the right to cancel a Veterans GI Bill if you drop below a 3.0. Since November 2014 because I got a low grade in one class I have had to use Federal Loans to pay for my school and I am out my BAH and GI Bill completely. Keller said that I had a 2.99 and they placed me on Academic Probation. I have since November 2014 got nothing less than a B+ but that is not good enough. I have to stay on academic probation until the end of August. At that point I do not get back paid for anything and in order to get the rest of my hard earned GI Bill I have to attend another college. I feel like VA has put too much control in the For Profit Schools where they control part of my financial outcome. I have been put in massive debt and been stolen benefits from all due to 1 minor mistake which I have corrected. I feel like I have been misled, stolen from, discriminated against and taken advantage of due to having a full ride to school by the GI Bill. However it seems it is more work for a school to use the VA so they do anything they can to get a student to use federal loans which allow them to perform less work and still make money. I feel I have been deprived of my hard earned benefits and stolen from and put in massive debt for no reason. VA has washed their hands of my issues because according to them Universities have the right to do this. How does Keller and or any other For Profit School have the right to control somebody else's benefits and money when all they are doing is taken advantage of the system. Nobody is monitoring them because they all benefit from it. I want nothing more than the money and benefits that I earned being an Honorable Disabled Veteran. I attended college like I was supposed to so what gives Keller the right to suspend my money and then turn around and charge me long term debt and loans. I know I am not the only one that Keller and or DeVry have taken advantage of. Three strikes of taking advantage of me and if I had not been aware of the situation I would have paid money back to a school that already benefited from payment and profits. The only right to this wrong is for you to authorize Keller to Back Certify my classes that I have been deprived of all because of 1 minor mistake which still allows me to graduate. The rule of a 3.0 GPA is discriminating against Veterans and people that have benefits instead of having to use federal loans. I simply want the money that I earned defending this country no more, no less. I do not want to have to be in school for another year so that I can get something that is not going to benefit me but make profits for a University. I graduate from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2 classes. I work full time and support my family. I should not have to return to school in order to get my earned benefits which has been stolen from me. Devry university has abused their power over a Veterans finances and hard earned benefits. Why do they get to control my benefits which I earned by defending our Freedom. I worked hard for those benefits so why does a For Profit school get to control it.
Great program if you are willing to do the work!
Business Administration (Concentration in Technical Management) - May 27, 2015
I found the program very rewarding. I completed it in 2006. You have to be disciplined enough to keep up and do all your work (thank you military for teaching me that!). It can be tough if you don't keep up and do your part- but that is how it should be! They are not giving it away for free. You still have to do the work. I do recall in my classes that there were always people finding every excuse not to do their part of the group project. I think they must be the same ones who are writing the negative reviews. Bottom line is this- I learned a lot and it certainly helped me in my career. I quickly moved up in my company the year I completed the program. Having the degree behind me allowed me to negotiate better for on the next job and I have been for nearly 8 years.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You still have to earn your degree
Computer Information Systems - January 25, 2015
I started taking online courses in 2013 and I made sure to keep focused on graduating. I don't know about transferring and my future career outlook but I can honestly say that I'm having no problems so far. If anybody is not feeling like they are getting help with their classes then they are just lazy. Devry allow students to help each other as long as you open your mouth. You can't expect to get help if you don't ask. And that means asking more than just your teacher. If I really needed help, I could ask other classmates or even go to the devry group on facebook. That simple. I think that some people get frustrated and give up too soon. I get frustrated sometimes but I think to myself "a degree shouldn't come easy." Then I refocus and MAN UP! The only thing that I sometimes worry about is finding a job in my field when I graduate but I think you have to use your own skills in doing that and not just giving out your resume with a devry degree on it. I probably got 2 more years and with my program of Computer Info Systems and I'm already looking for entry level jobs near me. So it is important to prepare yourself ahead of time. Get over it. No one ever said it will be easy.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I loved DeVry
Computer Information Systems - September 21, 2014
I finished DeVry in 2003, I went on to also complete the MBA program at Keller Graduate School. Having these degrees has enabled me to enter the grants writing field at a major university and earn a very comfortable salary at my age. You have to make the degree work for you. No university anywhere at least that I know of is going to hand you a job and say show up on Monday. I made this degree work for me. I highly recommend DeVry and Keller. The faculty and staff were very friendly. Even now when I call needs transcripts the service is very promot and courteous.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not as bad as you think
Health Information Technology - September 14, 2014
I've been seeing a lot of bad reviews lately regarding loans, financial aid, and whether a job will even consider a DeVry degree. Well let me tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed going to this school. I tried a few schools and this was by far my favorite. I was able to complete my program in two years and had an easy time using the online classes. I never had a problem getting in touch with financial aid or any other department. And if I had to leave a message, they called me back that same day. I finally got a job at the local hospital and I was picked among many candidates. But overall, this school was quite good. I don't understand why some people are so angry.
6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Trust me stay away
Business Administration (Concentration in Technical Management) - September 10, 2014
From day one. I hold 2 associate degrees. Devry tried to strong arm me telling me if i enrolled in the degree they wanted me to take BS in Technological Management they would accept 93 credit hours. If I enrolled in the degree i chose. BS in computer science they would only accept 28 credits. WHAT THE.......... apparently my credits were evaluated by 2 different people in 2 different parts of the country, 1 for each program.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Best Decision I have ever made
Networking Administration - August 15, 2014
Going to DeVry was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have learned more in my year and a half here than I ever would have studying on my own. I felt like the Administration and Professors were very personable and I met many good friends and connections that I will have for many years to come. Although DeVry moved more towards a virtual platform, there were many classes with a hand-on lab where if you messed up, you needed to troubleshoot until it was correct. I am almost finished with my Network Systems Administration Associate's Degree and already I have many employers asking about me. I was also able to get an internship fairly early on (that Career Services helped with) and there I learned a whole lot about computer hardware and other small things I could only learn in the field. DeVry set up a foundation for learning, as they continuously suggest. I see many bad reviews here because people think that DeVry will teach them everything. You are going into IT...everything you learn now will be obsolete in 6 months anyways, DeVry simply teaches you the foundations and how to learn and grow from that base that has been set. I don't regret DeVry one bit. Granted, the cost is high and I will be in debt for a long time, but it was completely worth it and I highly recommend to anyone who wants a degree in technology that you should attend. As a side note, part of the Tuition costs were textbooks (which were made extremely easily accessible in eBook format) which in the end saved a lot of out of pocket expenses on textbooks. I think this was a fantastic thing and something I hope more schools move towards. Part of Tuition costs as well were many software programs made available to students through the Student Software Store. This made using what I learned in class at home so much easier, when I could download and use the same programs we were using in class. I also found that there were many complimentary test/certification prep courses that were made available to me as a student and I found that very helpful when studying for my A+, Security+ and CCNA exams.
9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
if you are a vet do not go to devry
Computer Information Systems - June 30, 2014
I am a vet with 9/11 bill that completed my degree last year. This school was useless when it came to anyone wirh military benefits. The one person that they did have to certify my classes constantly messed it up and it would take calling a dean multiple times to fix it. They also certified classes that were not covered by my benifits and told me I owed them money. This could have been easily fixed if they would have not certified my next set of classes when I ran out of funding for that quarter. After fighting them to fix their mistake for 6 months, theysent the 10, 000 dollar bill to collections without trying to fix the problem they created. If you are a vet, or anyone for that matter, do not go to this iinstitution. They are bound to cause more problems for you than they are worth. Hope this helps someone.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Networking Administration - June 28, 2014
For all those making negative reviews about schools,i will say shame on you.You should definitely blame yourself and not the school for your shortcomings.Before you seek to venture into anything in life,you should be ready and willing to get it done.With that being said i graduated with a degree in Network systems Admin.My experience at Devry was great and not only do i have the highest honor,my skills and knowledge proves that.I was able to do that because i was ready and willing to get the job done.the only mistake i feel alot of student s make is the believe that the school or teachers will teach you everything you need to know.My attitude going to school has been centered on the principle, if you want to be ahead of the pack,strive to learn more outside of class and everything will fall in place....
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
very good program
Technical Management - May 31, 2014
DeVry is like anything in life. If you are willing to work hard, you will succeed. I am only three classes away from my BA and then on to my MBA. I am currently deployed in the Middle East with the Air National Guard. I have wife and kids and work 50 hours per week and in the private sector. I have many challenges, but DeVry is not one of them. The pace is very fast and only for the self disciplined. It has given me hope for a second chance. Thanks DeVry!!
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