Virginia College Reviews:
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
May 21, 2012
For anyone who wants the real truth about this school..listen up! Virginia College is a complete scam. I've just spent the last 14 months of my life at this school, and had I known then what I know now, I would've done a lot differently. First of all, I would like to start with the things I did like about this school. I liked the fact that the classrooms were small, the teachers were nice,they offered lots of tutoring, and they seem to want you to succeed. On the other hand, that's not all it takes to be successful. For one thing,this school is ridiculously expensive. If you go to another Junior College like Jeff State or Lawson State it will blow your mind how cheap the tuition is compared to Virginia College. Secondly, all of your credits are useless at other school, and despite what some people may think, it's not a myth. I figured out Virginia College's game because they have you take out between 30,000 to 45,000 dollars worth of debt that way by the time you figure out the truth you are in too deep to go somewhere else, so you just stick with them so you will have something to show for it. I wasted a lot of money because of this, so I'm telling you they bank on the fact that you won't want to walk away with nothing. Third, if you are pursuing any type of degree or diploma in the medical field...forget it! I know what I am talking about because I was in two of their programs. I started out Healthcare Reimbursement and ended up Diagnostic Medical Sonography. None of the medical programs have been accredited by CAAHEP, so you can forget about being able to get registered, licensed, or certified for anything because it's not going to happen. A good friend of mine graduated Medical Billing & Coding and the certification she received was not what the billing companies look for because they want the CPC not the CBCS or whatever that crap is they have you take. Then, they will try to convince you that they are working on these accreditations...another lie! I really feel bad for the nursing students because they can forget being able to sit down for the boards because they are not accredited, so that degree is not worth the paper it's printed on. I couldn't even get registered in the field of Sonography through ARDMS until after I worked in the field for over a year, and good luck trying to find someoe to hire you unregistered, so a lot of people end up having to relocate just to find work. Trust me, I am trying to save everybody a lot of grief, money, and most importantly..time! You will not be able to get any of that time back. Thanks to Virginia College it's going to take me 3 and a half years to finish a 2 year Associate's degree. However, that being said they underestimated the kind of woman that I am. My mother used to always say that "some of the best sense in the world is bought sense, and I just bought myself 18,000 dollars worth of it." I got out late, but not too late to salvage some of my money. I am mostly mad about the wasted time because the money is one thing, but when you are an older student not fresh out of high school like me time is something you can't afford to waste. Pardon my language, but these people screwed me without grease,and I got no pleasure at all from it. I almost blew my chances at seeing another dime at any other Junior College because I have so much taken out with them. What they didn't expect me to do was cut my losses and walk away. You heard me right! I withrew and started over from scratch with nothing, and I'm glad I did because now I go to Jeff State where I had to start all the way from the beginning with taking classes I've already taken just to catch up. Thank God for miniterms because that really helps a lot too. Anyway, I started over and now my credits will follow me anywhere I go. I am happily in the RN Nursing Program where I can actually take the boards for my licensure once I'm done. Hope this helps!!
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Do NOT waist your time with this school
March 23, 2012
This school is seriously lacking in communication and professionalism. The main focus is making sure they get paid. The quality of your education means nothing. Please do NOT waist your time and money on this institution.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
This school is a rip off
May 31, 2011
I attended this school for a month. After my first month, I called to find out how much my tuition was so I could pay it. I got the run-around. I was sent through 3 different people and the guy who was suppose to know didnt even know how much I owe. Instead he asked how much I get from the VA for education. Whatever I got from them (according to him) is what I owe. I know this isn't true because I went to a different school prior and they set my payments up where I would pocket money and the same for the new school I am attending. I don't owe my entire VA check to the school. The guy also would not add in my student loans and pell grants to my tuition. I was also told I owe $400 for the last few days of February. After getting no straight answer as to how much I owe and getting no bill in the mail, I decided to drop Virginia College. Two months after I stop attending Virgina College, I still don't receive a bill. I receive a letter in the mail stating that I owe them $3,837.60. I cannot figure out how this is so when no one could tell me how much I owe, I only attended for a month, and that is triple what I got in VA payments that they decided my tuition was. This school is a joke and nothing more than a rip off. Make sure when choosing a school, you choose a legimate school.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Run as fast as you can...
January 31, 2012
I have been attending this college for about 37 months now and let me tell you it has been one hell of a ride. This college is full of nothing but smoke and mirrors. Every year they find something wrong with my financial aid or some other document that causes me to have to cough up 600-1500 dollars of money in order to continue my education. I've had two troublesome professors that have failed me due to differences in ideology. They outsource every aspect of the college so no one department is aware of what another department is doing or committing too. This gives them deniability across the board to continue their shady practice. I have requested arbitration in several incidents and have been given the run around until either forced into doing what they want or be kicked out of school with nothing but debt to show for it. If you talk to a lawyer then you are in breach of contract.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Shame on Virginia College
October 7, 2011
The worst possible excuse for a school; Virginia College turned out to be the biggest mistake I could have made with regard to my education.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Extremely Incompetent school
August 22, 2011
I graduated from this hellhole of a school with an Associates but could not attend my graduation because of the incompetence of the financial aid department. The staff are bums and morons from the Dean on down and then they have the audacity to catch attitudes because you call asking about YOUR refund check that YOU are going to have to pay back. We, the students have to suffer because they switched over to a new system of dealing with your disbursements and refunds, BLAH, BLAH BLAH. All of these excuses are just a smokescreen to keep your money. They act as if they are doing you a favor by giving you YOUR money. When I called in to the financial aid office I always got a *sigh* and an attitude because these functioning retards do not want to do their job. The financial aid coordinator that I was assigned to never had any information about my loans. She just told me some crap to get me off the phone. Why was she even there? There was never an exact breakdown of what I was paying for. If you go on the student portal, which btw is a joke of a website that looks like it had been created by a intoxicated toddler, they only show your loan disbursements and your balance so that is not a true breakdown either. These people are shysters to the core. Let us not even get on the illiterates that they have for professors/instructors. They have the audacity to take off points if you make one typo but they can jack up a whole paragraph and think someone is supposed to take them seriously. One of these so-called “instructors” told me that I was SOL since my computer crashed and did not even try to help me with the situation. This was not the case for all of the instructors but the great majority seemed like they could have phoned in their so-called “instruction.” In addition, the process of securing an externship was a total fiasco. I was told at the very last minute that I could not use certain sites for an externship. The first externship coordinator that I had did next to nothing to help me. However, the second coordinator worked her butt off to help me secure a site. She actually gave a damn. However, when I did secure a site it was in the third week of the damn course teamed with the fact that the damn externship was 30 miles away round trip. Therefore, I am spending 80-100 bucks a week in gas and putting wear and tear on my car trying to get my externship hours. Again, I am coming out of money and no one is going to reimburse me for my gas but they have the gall and nerve to hold my refund check hostage and tell me that I am the bad person for inquiring about MY OWN money. Are you serious?? Oh and finally yet, importantly, they switched the graduation date of the ceremony by a week and did not have the decency or the tact to apologize or give an explanation as to why this was done. The e-mail, in a nutshell, went like this “we switched the date of your graduation ceremony can you still attend?” They did not give a thought that some students might be from out of town and have made plans and reservations to attend on the initial date. That crap was so unprofessional and inconsiderate. I have totally had it with this bootleg establishment posing as a college. I was enrolled in the bachelors program but after this last debacle with my refund check, I have since ditched this school for a more reputable one. Messing with MY money and making me miss an opportunity to walk across the stage was the last straw for me. Anyone considering this school, either online or otherwise, should avoid it as if it was an STD!!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HEALTH CARE REIMBURSEMENT ASSOCIATES DEGREE
May 2, 2012
THIS SCHOOL IS A RIP-OFF. COME TO FIND OUT THIS DEGREE WAS NOT EVEN OFFERED IN THE STATE OF NC. THEY GOT ME FOR ALMOST 40,000. I AM CURRENTLY TRYING TO DISPUTE THIS SEEING HOW I ACCIDENTALLY CAME ACROSS THIS INFORMATION FROM ANOTHER SITE THEY HAVE. THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE AND THE BBB SHOULD DO A BETTER JOB WHEN INVESTIGATING BUSINESSES LIKE THIS PIECE OF CRAP SCHOOL.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I wouldn't reccomend
August 22, 2011
I did not realize the classes didn't transfer to other colleges. I have tried for over a month to get my transcript so I can enroll in another college to obtain my degree and they now say I have ghost charges. I was enrolled online and I have one course that the teacher could not open my work for 3 attempts at this class. I was unable to reach a human to help me until I called coorporate and I am still currently waiting and missing out on yet another semester at another college.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I do not recommend VC to anyone.
August 17, 2012
Virginia College seemed like an excellent idea when I enrolled until I realized that most of the information they give you is misleading. I have had nothing but a hard time with the financial aid department. The first time I applied for additional funding I was told that it "had to be school related." I needed money because I was taking one term off to have my Son, and I needed to buy a computer and be able to establish and pay for internet service, and have what was left over to pay for child care. The financial advisor I dealt with said that was not school related and I could only ask for the money "For a computer for school." She had a crummy attitude, by the way. I waited over 2 months and every time I called the school or walked down to see what was going on with my funding plan they told me "to just wait for the check." I finally called some 1 800 number only to find out that there was a problem and my plan wasn't accepted so I had to go back and talk to the financial aid department at school. (I was transfered to 5 different people by the way) They gave me some BS story about how they had a problem with the lenders and it was a computer issue but someone had FORGOTTEN TO ACCEPT MY PLAN. OOPS. It took me over 3 months to get my check. I just asked for additional funding last week and I can't wait to deal with this headache all over again. I have two more terms at this school and if it weren't for the fact that I love my kids and I want to be able to provide for them, I would have left this school a very long time ago. Also, I went into labor the day of finals. I took one, and then I came back a week later to take the last two. VC told me that I wouldn't have to re enroll since I was only taking off 3 months on account of having a child. Well, when I went up to the school to register for classes they made me re enroll as a NEW STUDENT. They charged me god only knows how much money. The only good thing I can say is that I have amazing teachers, but outside of that, this is school is terrible. I have to be at VC because I owe the local state college money and I am unable to pay out of pocket what I owe. Unless you have parents paying your bills and supporting you, I don't recommend going to this school.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The worst ever
September 28, 2011
On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this BS an big fat zero. The school STAFF is full malarkey. They catch an attitude when I ask about information pertaining my advance loan. I have been in school since April of this year and still no loan. What is the hold up with my money that I have to pay back. They act like it coming out of the pocket. Now they stating that I owe them, I don't recommend this MESS to anyone. They only care about tricking people to sign up and get paid. And the student portal is a bunch of JUNK. It doesn't show nothing unless you owe them. I have been getting the run around every since June. They don't return phone calls or emails. I could understand if I wasn't attending class properly and my grades wasn't good but, this is not the case with me at all. Really terrible. Can't wait until this NIGHTMARE is over. BEWARE: Stay away from Virginia College online.
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