InterCoast Career Institute / Be careful of private for profit schools
I enrolled in this school last fall. I really wanted to take their CADc course as there was not another one in the state of maine. First thing, I went in and they filled out a worksheet saying what I would need for financial aid and what I would get for financial aid in my posket while going to school. I agrees and signed the paperwork to start 3 weeks from that date. Two days before the class started I got a call stating they were not having the night class and that I would have to be int he day class, I told them no I signed up for the night class for a reason and that I would not be able to take thed day one due to babysitting issues, they asked me to come in and figure out something so i could take the day class. I came in the next day( mind you the class was to start the following day after that) and they told me there was no way to help with anything and if I could find a daycare, i told them i would see and made some calls and came back an hour later and told them i wasn't finding anything. they told em I had already signed the paperwork and I said that it was void due to it being at night and they brought out mt paperwork and had already taking my first half of Financial aid and said I would have to pay that back. I was so mad and did not know now what I know so i signed there paperwork that was dated 30 days before hand.
They told me I would get my first check for 1600 31 days after i started classses. I took out a personal loan to pay for daycare. 30 days later i went into the finincial aid office and they told em that no i would not get my first installment of money till half way through the course and then the other half when i was done with classes. Half way through i go to see them i get another story, that I would not get it till i started my pre clinical. I went when i started my pre clinical and got yet another story stating that I would not get half of it till I was half way through with my internship and the other after I finished it. Now at this point I have paid out over 600.00 a month for childcare and it has been almost 8 months, and I am broke.
So i leave there office so mad and start my preclinical it takes me 7 weeks to do it and I go to them and tell them i can not start my internship due to now having the money to pay childcare, i had spent my savings and was already paying off a loan from the beginning from child care, and that to start my internship with no financial help would make no sense and to have to wait till i was half way through and to work somewhere for 320 hours and not get paid and not get my financial aid either made no since. I asked for a LOA. They told me that I was denied a loa becuase there were ways for me to go around my financial hardship. I went online and stopped payments for financial aid to them and stopped school, two months later when they tried to get there next installment they were deniedso they contacted me with a copy of my LOA to sign and start back up in september. I signed it and went back in september when my kids were back in school and now they tell me I have to take the 7 week pre clinical all over and then i can start my internship. I am so mad at this school, they have done everything so backwards, illegal, and there financial aid dept. is a joke. they do not give you your money till they have been paid in full for schooling and have a credit on there account. Now you tell me, does it make sence to go to school for 12 months and not get your financial aid till you are done school? what is the point of getting the money?
Please do your work before you go this school or any other private for profit school. you may get burned, and if you do stand up for your self and do your homework on everything you are doing so you do not get burned like i did..