Keiser University - Sarasota / fraudulent fees / tuitions
Keiser University does not clearly display their tuitions and fees on their site nor do they clarly explain what the fees and tuitions are during the orientation. Keiser does not operate under a credits per hour system, instead charge a bulk rate for a semester no matter how many classes you take. Example: Keiser runs 4 terms per semester. Full time students take 4 classes (term 1, 2, 3 & 4) per semester and 1/2 time takes 2 classes per semester (terms 1, 2 & 3.4) concentration classes are 4 credits and gen. ed. classes are 3 credits. If you attend evening classes at Keiser you pay the same for 8 credits for a concentration class and for a 1/2 time program as you would pay for 6 credits. Simply put, no matter how many credits you take, they still charge you the same. Full time students pay roughly 6, 200 for the semester and 1/2 time pays roughly 3, 100. Also they tack on a $400 academic charge every semester in addition to your regular tution. This does not even include books yet.
The worst part about Keiser is their smooth operation of getting you signed up before you know any of this. From the beginning they bring you in with an advisor, interview you and ask if you'd like to fill out an application since you were "accepted". The application fee is $50 and your transcript transfer fee is $5. If you decide to go futher, your registration fee is $145. That's $205 even before you get to orientation. Your books are waaaay expensive and don't count on transerring any of your credits since Keiser changes the course numbers so your credit from the local community college or wherever doesn't qualify. They say they accept them but there is a specific clause in the handbook that says that they can change their minds at any time.
If you decide to quit Keiser in the first couple weeks of the monthly semester, you do not get a refund. The advisor tells you this in the initial meeting. They keep your money no matter what. There are numerous stories of people having problems with Keiser over money and through my experience, I can see that that's all they are interested in. The way they rush you through the process is evidence of how they want to rope you in and get you to sign your name on the dotted line before you can back out.
In my case, my AA degree would have costed me close to $50, 000 after all was said and done. I opeted out before I signed anything. My advice is READ VERY CAREFULLY. Keiser is a private college and can pretty much do what they want. They are accredited but that does not guarantee you that other colleges will take their credits nor they take others. Personally, I feel it's a big scam that guarantees you a degree but at a huge cost. I am going back to community college and biting the bullet for the extended time frame. 67 dollars a credit hour is way worth more than $50, 000 for an AA !
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