As I'd mentioned earlier, I had several friends what went to those, and only one of them doesn't now refer to it as a scam. Everybody else either ditched before graduation because it was 10x the cost of a public university (and money ran out), or they graduated and discovered that the degree was worth less than toilet paper (and they continued on to get a B.A. or B.S. at a real college).
The entire for-profit college system is a scam that's come under fire in recent years. For example, according to a recent study publicized in several magazines (The Atlantic was one?), about 17% of what you pay goes to actual education costs, while about 25% goes to recruiting more students (suckers), and the rest goes to things like profit and CEO pay. The federal government still stupidly issues loans to these for-profit organizations, which accounts for around 13% of all tuition loans. Yet something like 50-60% of all defaults are from the for-profit colleges. There's a distinct negative trend. More than half of all students will dropout, and the only good thing about dropping out is you'll owe less than somebody who graduated. And graduates generally haven't found high paying work to pay back their loans. AI is right up there with Phoenix, Devry, and others, in terms of being a near-fraud.
Here's an interesting article for you to read: http://www.petapixel.com/2011/09/02/...billion-fraud/
It summarizes this longer article: http://www.pdnonline.com/news/The-Ar...es--3531.shtml
I consider AI to be a total waste of money. You'd do better with a 4-year degree in broadcasting from an accredited public university. You'd likely walk away knowing a ton of things I don't know. On the other hand, I usually know more than an AI grad -- and that's when I'm half asleep (or half drunk, take your pick). And that's sad, given what they've paid. Even some community colleges have decent pre-broadcasting programs in film, editing, etc. -- and I'd even consider those courses (and getting an associate degree) before looking at the AI.
I'd hate to see you in debt for no reason, grandma.
And on that note, I've emailed a close friend -- somebody I've known for 20+ years now -- to give you some insight into his experience with AI.
Look for a post by segen77.
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