Bryant & Stratton College - Buffalo '13
Majoring in Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
Member since 1/16/2013
Tuition is reasonably priced $3200 a semester for online classes. The only major aid the school itself gives you is if you are in the military or spouse (child) of a military person. If they see your aid get cut, your advisor doesn't exactly jump to help you find replacement aid so that you can stay full time and/or graduate on time. They just send you an email saying your funds have been cut, this is the new aid to be given... what would you like to do? They don't just help unless you ask. Seems they aren't big on doing their jobs until you come running to them in a panic.
The entire point of online education is the flexibility. You want to be able to complete your classes at a reasonable speed without it interfering with your personal life because you do have work and a family to take care of too. Well, Bryant & Stratton College forces you to be in discussions 4 days a week and won't allow you to post weekly reflections when you are ready to post them. You have to wait until the last 2 days of class. They don't really allow you to work in a way that is beneficial to you. If you can complete your discussion requirements in 2 days, then why force you to participate for 2 more days when you are technically done and can now focus more on your life. I thought transferring credits would make my load better since I would have to take fewer classes but the school completely botched the transfers. I ended up taking a class I had already taken at a previous college. Because the class name and descriptions were different, I did not know it was a class I had already taken until I was already taking it. I alerted my advisor who said, well, "pay us for the class in order to get the transfer credit because you've already started the class, then you can drop the class and take the credit instead." Really disappointing school. I love the idea of making my own schedule out like I did at my previous online school and like how my friends do at their campus schools. Bryant & Stratton won't let you do it. I have had disputes with my advisor refusing to supply a schedule so I can pick my own electives. He HAS to if I ask but he's wanted to boss me around when it's my choice. My experience has not been great.
They force career services on you when you don't need it or not ready for it in a series of seminars. Out of all of those forced seminars, they only give you credit for one. I did not need or want to use career services and they forced me to use it against my will. If you need it, they are extremely helpful and you walk away feeling confident in the information you have learned. I would fail this service if it wasn't for that.
Even though my EFC is still 0 the government cut my Pell grant from full grant to only 1/4 of that. So, instead of getting $5,555 (approx.), I will now get about $1600. I was supposed to graduate this May but now I have to take one class at a time until I graduate. I need the cash so I can take more classes and graduate on time. One semester to go and my grant gets cut. thanks America!!
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