Westwood College (Alta Colleges) is a for profit college that is currently undergoing a lawsuit. They have not been properly accredited and they have various student complaints from all of their U.S. Campuses. The main issues with Westwood are the misrepresentations and omissions concerning tuition costs, accreditation status, transferability of credits, job placement opportunities, salary expectations, and the role and qualifications of admissions representatives.
Westwood College and their 17 campuses in the U.S. have been under scrutiny for all of these allegations. Recently, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (“ACCSC”) placed Westwood’s Denver North campus on probation. Westwood College was a candidate for regional accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools from October 2007 until they withdrew their candidacy on November 1, 2010.
I am a former Army Veteran student of that campus, since 2007 and was only a month away from graduation in October 2010, when I had learned that my financial aid “aggregately ended.” I was told I had to apply for another $10,000 private loan in order to cover for just the remaining term. My financial aid funding has been ruined and with no other support I was forced to also sign their Apex Loan. This loan alone bears an interest at an unusually high 18%. Westwood also blocked access to the online courses I was taking because their policy states that if any financial obligation is not met, they have the right to do this.
I am currently over 80,000+ in student loan debt, unemployed, no Bachelor’s degree and no means to pay back these loans. Contrary to what some may say, not every student graduated from this college and their diploma is not even recognized by every employer or company.The facts speak for themselves before you as all these students are coming forward in the thousands.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/05/eveningnews/main6838102.shtml ; http://jameshoyer.com/; www.westwoodscammedme.com; http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/westwood-college-c14908.html; http://www.groubal.com/westwood-college-scam-fraud/
If any former Westwood students or employees are reading this please consider taking a moment to sign. Change starts with you and will make all the difference in any situation.
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