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Posted by ANJhomeGirl on 09/11/2013
DENVER, COLORADO -- My son enrolled with Westwood online (Colorado), we live in California. When contacted by the financial institute Sallie Mae; we were told that all possible grants would be given to my son because of out homeless, financial status.

First term he received the Deans Award. Second term comes they say I must pay $150.00 a month for the next loan (grant?). I was not able being on SS disability. Now he is faced with a bill of over $10,000 for three months of online school. Still homeless, life long dream gone because of the ripoff of Westwood college and Sallie Mae: the GI bill decepted losers. I want in on the lawsuit if someone can tell me what steps to take.
     
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Posted by Pete on 2013-09-12:
IMHO you are much better going to community college or junior college then transferring to a 4-year school. Your bills will be much less, especially if the student can live at home. Investigative reporters have found these online schools (not all) actually charge more than Harvard and you get a fraction of the education. Most of these online schools just want you to get into debt and pay them huge amounts of tuition.
Posted by Old Timer on 2013-09-12:
It's not just Westwood College that is sticking it to people. So many of these online paper mills have come online the last few years that they will say and do anything to get someone signed up. Its all about the money, money, money now. Their credits do not even transfer to a real four year program!

Education and caring about the student is a very low priority with most of these paper mills. They get the cash, you get the next twenty years to pay off and clean up the financial mess they got you into.

This sums it up pretty good, from Yelp:
"This school is a big waste of time and all they do is make you take out ridiculous loans!"

"This place is the bottom of the bucket. It's only about charging ridiculous tuition and getting you deep in debt with student loans"

http://www.yelp.com/biz/westwood-college-anaheim?sort_by=rating_asc
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Westwood Scammed Me
Posted by Scammedgood on 10/14/2011
DENVER, COLORADO -- Institution of higher learning my A$$.
I am at my wit's end with this degree mill. They lied to me in every way, shape and form. Ben my admission counselor (Salesman) stated credits would be transferable, now they post on the website they are not transferable. Degree can be used to obtain a better position or higher paying job. Now they state is only gives you the tools to succeed..lies, lies, lies...

Even the Dean, School of Technology of WOL who I met lies to me about future accreditation. Where does it end?
Westwood has voluntarily dropped from Regional Candidacy. As I work a second job (nights and weekends) trying to pay for this now $80,000 education that is worthless, trying to stay afloat of this financial h**l that this college create, my anger grows. So what did I learn that cost me $80,000 and nothing but grief, financial insecurity and embarrasssment? That For-Profit schools like Westwood are out to make money off the backs of those who want to succeed and have dreams by lying and making false promises. They are in it only for the money and will not supply you with an education that will allow you to enter the job market. You will be placed so far into debt that no matter what job you apply for, you will not be able to realistically pay it off timely and if you do get a degree from them, it is better used as toilet paper.

I was duped and feel like I’ve been made a fool by attending this joke of a college. Yes, I am trying to pay off this bogus debt. I have been in the IT business for over 20 years, hold certifications in Cisco, Microsoft and database administration, all obtained prior to Westwood. Here's how great they are, of those that graduated from Westwood with me, here is a list of their current positions as of today: Manager KFC, Walmart Clerk, Homeless and Unemployed, Clerk 7-11, Student (went to a real college to start over)

Now the have a placement guarantee that is really not a guarantee. See the other posts to see how it works. It's your money that they are giving back to you if they cannot help you find a job. You are still paying for it and once the six months are up, you are still saddled with outrageous school loans.

No one who graduated with me was able to work in their field of study and failed to keep their promise of job assistance. Westwood college (joke) needs to be shut down.

Westwood ruined my credit, finances and future dreams.

I am amazed at the amount of fraud, deceit and lies from this degree mill. Online research has provided me with some interesting information.

On 04/20/2011 the BBB accreditation wassuspended due to recent government action concerning the marketplaceand its customers that demonstrates a significant failure of thecompany to support the principles and purposes of BBB accreditation. The matter will be reviewed by the BBB's Board of Directors at its next meeting.

On December 14, 2010 the Colorado Commission of Higher Education (CCHE) changed Westwood College's status from Full Authorization to Probationary Authorization due to it's probation order from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has pulled GI Bill funding from all three Texas campuses of a for-profit college accused of misleading advertising and enrollment practices.

At the December 2, 2010 regular CCHE meeting, Commissioners voted to defer action for Westwood College until staff had received notification from the Accrediting Commission for Career Colleges and Schools. Department staff received a "Continued Probation Order" from the ACCSC on December 9,
2010. The ACCSC reviewed the September 1, 2010 Probation Order and the school's response to that action at its November 2010 meeting. It was determined that the school has not demonstrated compliance with the ACCSC's requirements relative to student achievement outcomes.

Additionally, Westwood College was requested to provide information with regard to compliance to several and various state agencies and other accreditors given the allegations of the Government Accountability Office August 4, 2010 report.

On April 6, 2009 the United States of America (on behalf of the United States Board of Education) filed an Amended Complaint in the United State District Court of the Northern District of Texas. Charges filed indicate the business was in violation of state law prohibiting a failure to comply with Statutory and Regulatory Requirements for Proprietary School Operations. Particularly, some charges related to unethical and/or misleading recruitment practices, failure to report unsatisfactory job placement rates for graduates, and/or failure to properly register school representatives. The matter was resolved by a settlement in March 2009.

In 2009, Westwood's parent company, Alta Colleges Inc., of Denver, agreed to pay the U.S. government $7 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the Texas campuses of submitting falsified federal student aid forms.

Wow....and they have the nerve to tell me they are transparent?
     
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Posted by Skye on 2011-10-14:
I see the commercials everyday for Westwood College, and it does have a disclaimer on the bottom, that credits are not transferable.

Did they tell you in writing they were? Just because a salesperson verbally tells you something, doesn't mean a thing. They will always tell you what you want to hear, in order to seal the deal. Placement assistance unfortunately, is not a guarantee they will get you a job. It's up to the company they are trying to place you with, that has the final say.

Sorry you had the misfortune of not knowing exactly what you were getting into.
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-10-15:
$80,000?! You could have gotten a quality Bachelor's degree from almost any state school for less than half that! Wow. Sorry you got taken like that.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-10-15:
With your background and experience, I am wondering what degree you were pursuing, and what you intended to do with it.
Posted by scammedgood on 2012-03-17:
Skye, I started Westwood in 2006, before that disclaimer. They are being sued now by the State of Illinois for the same fraud they played on me in California. Trmn8r, I graduated with a degree in Information System Security. However, it is worthless, not recognized. I have a great job and make good money, but that was true before I started. Only thing I received from this college was an additional $80,000 in debt.
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Westwood College Scam, Fraud and Rip-Off
Posted by Scammedgood on 04/05/2011
DENVER, COLORADO -- After searching around, hoping to get into a bachelor’s program where I could move into management, I was contacted by a Westwood representative by the name of Ben who told me nothing but lies and mislead me during the application process. Yes, at the time, they were seeking Regional Accreditation. They had their ACICS accreditation but I was told by the recruiter that they were way past the point of candidacy and it would be only a short time before they were Regionally accredited. False promises, lies about their accreditation and several years later, I graduated. Took my degree to my current employer and after HR review, they explained to me since they do not have Regional accreditation, I was out of luck and could not be considered for management. My employer would not even allow me to apply for educationally assistance or reimbursement because this “college” was not a valid institution.

So I tried taking my transcript to 3 local community colleges and was told the credits are non transferable. Went to 2 local “for-profit” schools with ACICS accreditation as well and was also denied. Tried using this fake degree to apply for several positions with SCE, IBM, Oracle, Wells Fargo, and a hand full of respectable and known IT companies. Received nice thank you letters but was told that I did not meet the minimum educational requirements by two potential employers because this ‘college’ did not meet their criteria as an educational institution. Yet, I did meet the experience portion of several but because of my lack of an actual degree, was denied an interview.

So now, several years down the road I see that Westwood has voluntarily dropped from Regional Candidacy. As I work a second job (nights and weekends) trying to pay for this $50,000 education that is worthless, trying to stay afloat of this financial hell that this college create, my anger grows. So what did I learn that cost me $50,000 and nothing but grief, financial insecurity and embarrasssment? That For-Profit schools like Westwood are out to make money off the backs of those who want to succeed and have dreams by lying and making false promises. They are in it only for the money and will not supply you with an education that will allow you to enter the job market. You will be placed so far into debt that no matter what job you apply for, you will not be able to realistically pay it off timely and if you do get a degree from them, it is better used as toilet paper.

I was duped and feel like I’ve been made a fool by attending this joke of a college. Yes, I am trying to pay off this bogus debt. I have been in the IT business for over 20 years, hold certifications in Cisco, Microsoft and database administration, all obtained prior to Westwood. Some people have hobbies, collecting coins, boating, needle-point. Starting today, my hobby will be to go online at least once a week, visit as many websites as I can and spread the word on what this school did to me, financially and emotionally, and of those that graduated from Westwood with me, here is a list of their current positions as of today: Manager KFC, Walmart Clerk, Homeless and Unemployed, Clerk 7-11, Student (went to a real college to start over)

No one who graduated with me was able to work in their field of study and failed to keep their promise of job assistance.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-06:
I'm sorry this happened to you. I can not imagine spending 50k and several years of my time, only to find out it was all a big waste.

I'm not sure what all you could do in this situation, but did you report them to the attorney general, BBB, etc? I hope this ends up working out, and this is a lesson for everyone to make sure you know what your getting into.
Posted by momsey on 2011-04-06:
Good review. Hopefully you'll save someone else from being in the same situation.
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