Students in online complaint forums are saying that their time and money was wasted when they enrolled with Remington College. The school was sold to a non-profit college in 2011, but its time as a for-profit institution left many students in serious debt and employed in minimum wage jobs. Many students say they signed their lives away the day they signed the Remington enrollment documentation and that they’ve been struggling ever since to regain control of their lives.
Graduating from college with honors should be something any student can feel proud of. This is not the case for grads of Remington. Their advanced standing in their degree can’t even land them an entry level position in their chosen field of study since the school is not respected by employers or even other schools.
Students claim that the majority of equipment used in Remington programs was broken and unusable. As for instructors…what instructors? Students claim that most of their classes had instructors who showed up at the end of class, if at all, and that for many of their classes, they never did see one. Considering Remington charged its students $13,000 each, you’d think that would get them usable equipment and an instructor. Apparently not. Real skills for the real world may have been what enrollment officials uses to bait the hook to catch their students, but this was not put into practice in the majority of classes.
Many students claimed they tried to learn on their own out of the textbooks required for the courses but indicated that when it came time to pass licencing exams, they failed. The material covered in exams was not even in the textbooks they had been made to purchase. Those who realized the school was a fraud and tried to transfer soon found no one was willing to accept credit transfers from Remington. Even other for-profits that would also face lawsuits were only willing to sporadically accept credit transfers from the school.
Students state that contrary to Remington’s claim that it cares about its students and their ability to get jobs upon graduation, they are only concerned with getting their hands on various forms of financial aid. When students were dissatisfied and tried to reach out to school officials, they were buried under huge piles of paperwork and forms and ignored. If a student wanted to drop out or transfer, they were told they’d be required to pay for their course whether they stayed or not. Many felt obligated to remain in the course rather than see their money go down the drain. Down the drain it went anyway because no one was hiring Remington’s grads.
As for promised career counselling and job placement assistance, students were only offered call center positions they could have gotten without spending a dime in areas unrelated to anything they’d studied. Students of Remington are left with thousands of dollars in debt, few job prospects, and few options. They are left with the debt, though. Those wishing to work in their chosen fields are forced to start over from scratch at a local community college. Those who have lost the will to continue their education are left making expensive payments on large loans while living paycheck-to-paycheck and working minimum wage.
As for the sale of Remington to a non-profit entity, students online claim that the school still operates pretty much the same way and risks losing its accreditation and eligibility to receive federal financing.
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