Unfortunately, today education has turned from something exalted and sacred into pure business. Money is made everywhere, and universities are not exception. Frauds, scams, bribes – this is not the full list of all the mess that takes place in almost every alma mater. Gladly, American system of education suffers from corruption not as much as, for example, Russian or Ukrainian one. But still there are some problems to be solved.
One of the most widespread university complaints concerns fake distance education courses. The thing is that many universities offer an option of distant education, and sure frauds don’t miss such a great opportunity to make money. The idea of the complaint is simple: “I have been scammed by N university”. Scammed students try to return their money, and obviously they fail to do that. There is no perfect way to avoid scams, but there are some advice I can give you. So, if you have found distant education courses provided by a university, son’ be hurry to apply and transfer money. The first thing you should do is to call to a university and make sure it really has an option of distant education. University name and well-designed website don’t give any guarantee you deal with a real institution.
Another university complaint concerns bad education. When students decided to continue education in a chosen university, they have certain expectations. No wonder they feel frustrated when expectations are not met! Some educational institutions use flashy and promising advertisements that hypnotize school-leavers (actually, to tell the truth, once I had the same experience. We were promised to have a great education program at a university, but that were nothing but words. As a result, I studied at a university that had nothing in common with a university I was told about). In order to avoid further disappointments and don’t feel like you have wasted time and money, I recommend you to talk to university graduates. I bet they will not lie to you and say the truth about what you are going to get. Ask about every tiny detail: subjects that you will have, teachers, extra curriculum activities, scientific activities, life in campuses etc. Don’t rely on ads you see – they are made to attract you, nothing else.
And, probably, the last position in the list of university complaints takes a complaint about overcharges. I have found many reviews about students who complained about being overcharged for unknown reason. Additional charges appear from nowhere and no one can give a clear answer about these strange money manipulations. In this case I would recommend you to read the contract carefully, and make sure you have all the information about payments. If you see that you have overcharged, you should immediately contact financial department of the university and find out what’s wrong. The sooner you do that, the more chances to solve the problem you will have.