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R3nee41A Send email
 
May 25, 2017

Walden University

I was one of those persons who could not understand why others had complaints about their schook. I figured you do the work, comply with everything and everything will be alright. I've been a student at Ashford University, graduated with honors for my Bachelor's degree. I was a student at Liberty University for my Master's Degree abd now Walden University for my Ph.d. Well, I am happy to say to all those people who have ever had problems with their school, I apologize, because Walden University is so messed up I think I made a bad choice in choosing this school for my Doctorate. The enrollment advisor told me it would take three years to complete, but when I check my completion date it says 2023, that's seven whole years and a lot of money. I feel as though they suckered us in and we are left to fend for ourselves. We do not get feedback on assignments, we do not hear from our academic advisor and the financial aid department are all idiots. I'm into my third term and I want to quit and find another school, but I'm sure the money I have paid into it will be wasted, not to mention I'm sure I will run out of money way before 2023 or be over $200,000 in debt with a degree most employers won't hire. So, stay away from Walden University. At least pick online school that actually have a physical school because Walden University is in it for the money, they are not concerned with you.
Gcashme Send email
 
May 17, 2017

Fraud

I to have fallen to be a victim of what so many people are claiming happened to them. This is not right or fair to be in so much debt and nothing to show for it. I'm not sure if there are lawsuits still happening but if so can someone let it be know I would like to be apart of the lawsuit
theroys88 Send email
 
May 14, 2017

financial aid office

Was set to start the RN to MSN FNP program 5/30/17. Since Walden is not on the list for private loans I filled out my FASFA and all required documents that Walden requested. Federal loans were approved and even dispersed on the financial portal. I emailed and called the financial aid department just to make sure that everything was ok and could not get through but was told they would contact me withing 2-3 business days. I also emailed them and they never returned the call or email. On 5/5/17 I received a email only telling me my financial awards had changed and to accept them on the tab in the financial aid portal. When I went to the portal, all of the loans had vanished. No award tab also. I called them twice that week and again they are always to busy to talk to you. I was told by the rep that again they would contact me withing 2-3 days. I also emailed them twice and no response. I contacted my enrollment counselor and she looked into my account and told me that since I was starting in May I would have to fill out another FASFA and make some other corrections but could not give me a way to contact the financial aid office. She stated not to worry and that I had 3 months to pay for the courses once started. She stated she was sorry I felt I was unsupported on this issue. Basically there is no communication with the financial aid office and why I prefer to get private loans which are painless. I was told by Discover that schools such as Walden do not qualify for private loans because of the low graduation rates. Because of this, it makes no sense that their financial aid department would not be squared away since loans and grants through them are the only option besides self pay. I sent a withdraw form in yesterday since it had been over a week and I still have not been able to speak to anyone in the financial aid department and have not received a call back or email.
ajajbj70 Send email
 
May 4, 2017

Billed for classes I did not take and now account has been sent to a collection agency

Walden University has billed me for two classes I did not take and has now sent my account to a collection agency and of course refuses to give me a copy of my transcript as I have no intent of ever returning to this school again. I took an official leave of absence last year and had two surgeries, went through a separation and did not return to Walden for online classes. So they in turn billed me for two classes that I never even logged into ! Of course I do not mind paying a legitimate bill but this is ridiculous. I have no idea if Walden has a lawsuit against them for former students with similar circumstance but if there is I'd like to be a part of it!
edisont91 Send email
 
May 3, 2017

Be wary of Walden

Last November, I sought out a doctoral degree through an online university. My wife and I expected our first daughter in July 2017, and I work full time as a high school teacher, so I wanted the flexibility the online curriculum offered. As I spoke to different schools, Walden seemed like it fit the best. The reviews on it were mixed, but that is often the case with so many online reviews that I decided to proceed. Academically, the first quarter went well, in fact too well for doctoral level work. I was an A student in graduate school, but that was more rigorous than the doctoral work. This past few weeks though, the problems many online reviews warned about started to appear. I received a lower score on an assignment that was graded far differently than I was accustomed to. It was an annotated bibliography, which I wrote several during my graduate work in history. Very little feedback was provided outside of a few comments and to follow the rubric. I contacted Academic Advising about my concern and they told me to contact the professor. I did, despite having reservations that a differing opinion on grading and a request for more feedback to improve could cause issues with my final grade. I received no reply. I contacted Academic Advising again, informing them I had emailed the instructor, reasserted my concerns, and indicated I was beginning to have doubts about whether the university was a proper fit. I received a cavalier response to keep them informed. There has been no follow up and it seems I am now falling into the pattern many reviews warned about. As long as no problems arise, everything is fine. If something comes up, you are on your own. Effectively, I have been teaching myself anyway. I think it may be in my family's best interest to withdraw and look for another program as I fear this lack of communication is the beginning of what develops into a recurring theme where many doctoral students post stories of their programs being strung along for years. I'm still early enough to hopefully find another university before any permanent damage is done or we amass more debt with nothing to show for it. I want to warn others to be careful about choosing Walden, listen to the negative reviews. If anything starts to go wrong, you are on your own, much like you are for your learning.
Tandg Send email
 
Apr 25, 2017

Lied to about amount of time for completion

I have been at Walden just under a year but my experience so far has not been enjoyable. When I first enrolled I was told it would be a 2 year program but this doesn't appear to be the case.i was also never informed that I would have to find an agency to complete my field experience or when I needed to begin the process. I have spent over 15k so far and still have to attend another residency. I have contacted the field office only to be referred to a manual. I feel they are a complete rip off and have considered dumping them but am worried what repercussions I might face. Their program is a joke and I could learn just as much about my degree by reading a book with no instruction. I am not the type to seek out legal action but at this point I need all the help I can get so that I can get into an afforadable program.
adzindolet Send email
 
Apr 12, 2017

Dont depend on finacial aid advisors

I was a student at Walden only to be mislead that I had a financial aid advisor. I counted on being notified of how my financial aid would work and trust that in the event there was anything to worry about I would be advised. About 5 classes before graduation I had to take a break only to return and be told I can't . They sent back my tuition leaving me with a large bill, no transcripts, no ability to re_enroll. Everything I worked for is stolen from me. I say stolen because they won't let me finish, and won't let me have 50,000 worth of transcripts over money they sent back. A far less amount then what my transcripts are worth. All because someone didn't do their job and advise me properly. But I am told no, I didn't do my job and read every word in the paperwork. I thought that's why I had an advisor, the same as anyone with a lawyer , an accountant, etc would. How is it far do leave a person in such debt and have nothing at all in return? I may not had been in a PHD program yet, but I was still robbed. I worked just as hard. I put my self back threw school from scratch went back to high school with 4 kids, then college thinking I would be able to give my kids a better life. Now its worse I owe so much money and can't even use my education toward work. Please is there anyone that may take a second to help me? Is there nothing I can do? All I want is to finish school. I can be reached at adzindolet@gmail.com
Zerbit Oboe Send email
 
Apr 11, 2017

Laureate & Clinton Corruptions

Don't forget that Laureate (Walden's parent company) paid Bill Clinton $16.5 million from 2010-23014 to be an "honorary chancellor." I would like a refund for that bogus payment to a corrupt politician. What did the school get for that kind of money?

http://nypost.com/2016/06/12/the-clinton-university-scandal/
Indiana Jones Send email
 
Mar 21, 2017

Financial Aid /Not APA accredited

I will be transferring out of Walden University's online degree program. To my understanding they are not even APA accredited.I looked their psychology programs up on the AOA website to verify and low and behold Walden is not on there.The professors don't "teach" they just grade dicussion boards which is a waste of time. The financial aid department does not release your funds on a sufficient amount of time nor are they knowledge about the financial aid loan process.For example some Higher Ed degree programs in the health field allow for additional funding (i.e.MD,Health Psychology) even if you are over your aggregate limit! Yes I said even if you are over your aggregate limit! I found this out by contacting the Department of Education myself.They informed me that the school should be able to see this information but for whatever reason they don't.In all of my collegiate years I have NEVER experienced financial aid issues until I attended Walden.I will be leaving this quarter and attending a program whose psychology program is APA accredited and you don't have to do pointless discussion boards which are comprised of mini assignments.
2001tan Send email
 
Feb 6, 2017

Walden University rip off

I have noticed several complaints about walden's doctoral programs. However, their masters programs are just as worst as the doctoral programs. I am 130, 000 dollars in debt and have not been able to utilize the degree due to walden's bad name. Many employers view my degree as trash. I am now faced with paying out of pocket for a degree by a state institution. Please help masters students also.
lcoto17 Send email
 
Jan 21, 2017

Walden University

I would like to join the lawsuit also. Please post information on how to get involved with that. Walden has taken far longer than it said it would for this degree. They do not keep with deadlines ever! And they really do not "teach" they grade what we come up with,
Cynthia Alvarez McHugh Send email
 
Jan 18, 2017

Walden could not help me with my practicum and internships

I attended WaldenU for 6 years, part time, to get my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I was in the Honor Society and kept up my grades. However, when the time came for me to find a place for the practicum and internships NO ONE in Walden could help me. At this point I was told that NY is a Social Work state and it was virtually impossible to find a site. BOCES kicked me out after 2 weeks since the esteemed head of the department asked the LSW to do so much that he couldn't handle it. If there is a class action suit that is in process I would certainly want to be a part of it. $161,000 in debt.
DRaphael Send email
 
Jan 2, 2017

Join Class Action Lawsuit

Scammed by Walden? Join Lawsuit
This is the way to join the lawsuit against Walden University.

http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/
suemajeski Send email
 
Dec 22, 2016

Wladen lawsuit

Please whom ever is in charge of the lawsuit, I would like to join. Please contact me asap.
Thank you. This so called college, needs to be stopped. They have to stop ripping people
off and making them poor.
suemajeski Send email
 
Dec 22, 2016

Mislead me and lied to me

The enrollment advisor lied to me about how the financial aid was refunded to me. He did not tell me that it was in three separate payments. I have never heard of such a thing. I told him that I need to live off of this money. They do this so that that can charge fees every 6 weeks. They charged me more money for the first course, also. Another thing he did not tell me about. He never told me the courses are every six weeks. More money in their pockets. Today, a person from financial aid went into my FAFSA and took my refund I had coming to me back. They took it off! What if I am confused about what course to take? There is still time to register for the January term. Why did they do that? They never informed about anything. Do they think I am an expert about this. No, I am not. They did not tell me that the winter term would be more financial aid than the other two terms. The employees do not care. All they care about is money. I feel so stupid for not doing more research before I began going to this college. I was mislead and that is unethical. Financial aid money is mine. I have to pay it back. It is not theirs to take away from someone.
Mspiphus Send email
 
Dec 21, 2016

Misuse of funds

I took classes at Walden University and was awarded financial aid. Walden University held my financial aid for months and would not disburse the funds so finally they told me that I didn't qualify after I was already awarded the funds. They supposedly sent the financial aid back and demanded that I owe them out of pocket for the classes which I clearly told them from the beginning that I could not afford it. Also there services were terrible. They staff there acted as if no one could help me with anything and gave me a total and complete run around. Now I'm left with a bill over $1000 which I can not afford to pay.
Cburvick Send email
 
Dec 18, 2016

Walden

Why are there so many people in here complaining about Walden not giving you a chance to return to finish your degree but they have a program now for those who need to complete their degrees but didn't from other schools? How do you rob so many others get kicked out of school with little to no compassion. It now Walden has compassion for others from other schools?
taylornov4 Send email
 
Dec 16, 2016

Post Graduate help with jobs

I have had little or no help with my post grad search for a job. I am at the same level professionally as when I graduated from Walden in 2013. Companies do not have respect for the MHA unless you already work there or have experience. I'm sorry I took the course as I have massive debt. I'm now considering taken MPH at Emory.
DRaphael Send email
 
Dec 10, 2016

Never ending 9000 Doctorate Classes?

Copy or paste or write the link in your browser

Here is the official link to the Lawsuit Against Walden http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/

A lawyer will contact you to review your concerns. No costs to you!

- I'm not a spokesperson nor affiliated with the law firm. - Disgruntled Walden Doc Student
VeraAlthea Send email
 
Dec 10, 2016

Walden University

I am in debt at Walden University for more than $200,000.00. I started PhD/Epidemiology in 2008. I completed all of the required classes. The dissertation was the final stage; however I could not complete my Dissertation because I was faced with tremendous hardship unemployment, foreclosure passing of my parents. I informed Walden’s faculty and ombudsman about my situation, no one offered a solution. I was informed by Harold Baker that I have to start all over for this degree. I have all pertinent communication with faculty at Walden U. I am sinking deeper into debt plus interest.
DRaphael Send email
 
Dec 7, 2016

Scammed by Walden? Join Lawsuit

Here is the official link to the Lawsuit Against Walden http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/
DRaphael Send email
 
Dec 7, 2016

Scammed by Walden? Join Lawsuit

This is the way to join the lawsuit against Walden University.

http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/
johnlick1982 Send email
 
Dec 7, 2016

WALDEN UNIVERSITY

Over 200,000 in debt. Completed all requirements for doctoral degree including 4 quarters of dissertation. Got the run around on dissertation and constant changing of Chairs. Could no longer afford to keep going, no degree confirmed as a result of the dissertation.
TriciaEllis Send email
 
Dec 6, 2016

Suit Againt Walden University

DOCTORAL STUDENT - all my federal loan money use dup at Walden, in debt for nothing. I stated Walden in July 2007. It had been an uphill battle from jump street. No advising, no department advisor on my classes. You were given reading assignments and writing assignments no positive feedback, mainly a professor who made you feel stupid and took forever to give you feedback. I was there for almost 3 years such a waste. The PhD program had this writing phase with no guidance to begin working towards building your dissertation. the problem each quarter for those darn useless KAMS were that you had no instruction, no mentoring, or advising no structure just thrown in to do your best. How can an adult do his or her best when walking in the fog, not understanding what to do or how to do it. My complaint was not the only one there were thousand of students complaining of this lack of teaching and guidance. I am a single mom taking car of my disabled son, working full time yet all my money each quarter going toe a school that gave nothing in return. My APA class and Graduate writing course were the two best course I had at Walden. A few professors I made contact with to try to get some guidance and they did their best to help me, on what they could but the gist of guidance was with my KAM mentor and he was come see, come sa. Really! I want my fees back and my credits of courses I took there given to me so I can apply them elsewhere and get my desired dream, my PhD. Fours years of my life and for what. I attended the residency and my word the cost for that but I suffered through. The only positive aspect I gained from the residency where meeting some of my classmates whom we still remain in touch with to this day. This school should be ashamed, hard working dedicated adults who are seeking a higher education and they took advantage of us, drew us in and left us to fend for ourselves. Paying that much money a quarter 4700 dollars to teach myself, really!! Please help us who trusted Walden and all we want is fairness and to be done wright . It should not be about draining our bank accounts and federal aid money it should be about helping us to reach our intended purpose and goals for attending Walden: education.
Tricia Ellis-Griggs
RWB Send email
 
Dec 3, 2016

Scam

Another lawsuit was filed against Walden in Minnesota. I'm unsure if the attorneys are taking more students, but it would be wise for anyone yet to participate in these class action suits to inquire. It's the same firm, Peiffer Rosca Wolf, who recently filed in Ohio. Hope this helps anyone who was conned in the same ways we all seem to have been. Check out this recent article about it:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/student-sues-walden-university-i-wasted-six-years-my-life-n690706

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