West Coast University and college network such a rip off!!!

  1. I just got back from my meeting at WCU and wow i cant believe people actually sign up for this school.....I really believe people that sign up here don't really understand what there paying for or read the contract....I was interested in the LVN to RN program..quoted 67000 for the whole program but told by the sales rep that if i had most of my pre reqs it would be a lot less since I'm only taking the nursing classes...well i have all my prereqs and all i needed was the one biochem class that they require....so i sat down with financial aid to get things rolling...well it turns out that having all may prereqs made very little difference in price it dropped from 67000 to 55000....i was stumped... how can i have taking all these classes and which is almost half of there Curriculum and still be at 55000....it didn't make sense to me..so i went back to the sales rep and she explained that they charge by semester and went on with her convoluted story.....told me that when i start i will be half time student this semester and full time next and 3/4 after and did not make sense.......well thats when i took out the contract they gave me and read it.....WCU charges by the semester anywhere from 13000 to `16000. so it turns out me taking the one biochem class they require before i can start to take the nursing classes is going to cost me 13000 for one class exactly 10 weeks....then after that i can start nursing classes where i would be taking 2 classes which would cost me 15000 for one semester and 2 classes....and so on basically your paying for the semester not for the class so. and they dint offer every class every semester....so your stuck taking 2 or 3 classes every semester ....and it adds up quick 16000 per 2 classes....and it doesn't matter if you have prereqs they still stretch out your remaining class to over a year...more semesters your there the more they get paid........I also ask the sales rep if they ADN transfers to any other college ..if i wanted to go to bsn ...response was i had to do my homework about that and they have a bsn program...so i did....well i would basically be paying 55000 for a degree that transferrers no where except universty of phoenix and i believe cal state....to me its not worth it.....i also looking into ISU not threw the college network...thats another rip off......they have a online bsn which is gonna cost me about 17000 for two years......Another thing i realized that most people who sign up for WCU or ISU thew the college network just dint want to put in the time to research what they are getting into and get conned by slick sales reps....take your time and do research....there are so many programs out there....
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  3. by   caliotter3
    Why don't you look into the LVN to BSN program starting up with WGU? Tuition is $4250 every six months, anticipating that you will need two years to complete. Their first clinical group starts in July, the second one in January. There are now five hospitals in southern CA lined up for clinicals. Check out the program at www.wgu.edu.
  4. by   Theone40
    Thanks i did know a bout Wgu....looks like a great program...
  5. by   westcoastu
    After reading your post, we apologize that you were left with certain misperceptions. We want to be clear in the way that tuition is charged. Like most universities, West Coast University (WCU) charges tuition by the semester. We teach each semester in two 10-week blocks. Based on the number of credits you take within a semester, the tuition varies.

    Without knowing all of your specific circumstances and assuming:
    * All pre-req courses are accepted as transfer credit with the exception of Bio-Chem; and,
    * You complete the program without any failures or dropped courses:

    The LVN to RN (Associate Degree in Nursing) program would require (based on the current tuition schedule):
    Semester 1: time with 8 credits (20 weeks) - $10,375
    Semester 2: Full time with 16 credits (20 weeks) - $16,000
    Semester 3: time with 8 credits (10 weeks) - $10,375
    Total Tuition: $36,750

    As you evaluate your academic options, please keep in mind that as a private university WCU does not have the luxury of tax dollar subsidies to offset our tuition expenses as do the public colleges and universities. However, at West Coast University if you meet the admissions requirement and are accepted:
    * You will be treated as a person, not a number.
    * You may be able to start classes as soon as June 22, 2009 (space availability varies at each campus)
    * The courses you need to graduate on time will be available.
    * And, you will receive additional NCLEX test preparation over and above the standard curricula.

    Good luck in evaluating your opportunities for completing your nursing degree. Please contact us if you need further clarification.
  6. by   very TLC nurse
    If $36.000 for LVN-RN associate degree.... it is not bad at all. I think I am going to contact the school for more info.
  7. by   very TLC nurse
    WGU.....I see only RN to BSN program. I do not see LVN to BSN....

    Did I miss it??

    I thought that only ISU (College network) offers LVN to BSN program. If I'm wrong, let me know.
  8. by   caliotter3
    Quote from very TLC nurse
    WGU.....I see only RN to BSN program. I do not see LVN to BSN....

    Did I miss it??

    I thought that only ISU (College network) offers LVN to BSN program. If I'm wrong, let me know.
    They have an LVN to RN program. Look under prelicensure. They have RN to BSN and BSN prelicensure.
  9. by   very TLC nurse
    Dear Caliotter3,

    Yes, I see it and it is affordable. I will give them a call. Thank you!!
  10. by   caliotter3
    Yeah. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw $4250 for six months! Sounds too good to be true!
  11. by   ptaylor2
    What is WGU???
  12. by   caliotter3
    Quote from ptaylor2
    What is WGU???
    Western Governors University. They have run banner ads on this site.
  13. by   calstudent1967
    Quote from westcoastu
    After reading your post, we apologize that you were left with certain misperceptions. We want to be clear in the way that tuition is charged. Like most universities, West Coast University (WCU) charges tuition by the semester. We teach each semester in two 10-week blocks. Based on the number of credits you take within a semester, the tuition varies.

    Without knowing all of your specific circumstances and assuming:
    * All pre-req courses are accepted as transfer credit with the exception of Bio-Chem; and,
    * You complete the program without any failures or dropped courses:

    The LVN to RN (Associate Degree in Nursing) program would require (based on the current tuition schedule):
    Semester 1: time with 8 credits (20 weeks) - $10,375
    Semester 2: Full time with 16 credits (20 weeks) - $16,000
    Semester 3: time with 8 credits (10 weeks) - $10,375
    Total Tuition: $36,750

    As you evaluate your academic options, please keep in mind that as a private university WCU does not have the luxury of tax dollar subsidies to offset our tuition expenses as do the public colleges and universities. However, at West Coast University if you meet the admissions requirement and are accepted:
    * You will be treated as a person, not a number.
    * You may be able to start classes as soon as June 22, 2009 (space availability varies at each campus)
    * The courses you need to graduate on time will be available.
    * And, you will receive additional NCLEX test preparation over and above the standard curricula.

    Good luck in evaluating your opportunities for completing your nursing degree. Please contact us if you need further clarification.
    I start my second term this week at WCU and have been very pleased with everything. I have been treated excellent from start to finish. My instructors have gone out of their way to make sure I do well. I am an older student and felt it was the best choice for myself and my family. I know it is not for everyone; there are many excellent choices in Southern California, but thus far I have not felt as though I am being "ripped off" or taken advantage of in any way.
  14. by   nnicolee
    Quote from westcoastu
    After reading your post, we apologize that you were left with certain misperceptions. We want to be clear in the way that tuition is charged. Like most universities, West Coast University (WCU) charges tuition by the semester. We teach each semester in two 10-week blocks. Based on the number of credits you take within a semester, the tuition varies.

    Without knowing all of your specific circumstances and assuming:
    * All pre-req courses are accepted as transfer credit with the exception of Bio-Chem; and,
    * You complete the program without any failures or dropped courses:

    The LVN to RN (Associate Degree in Nursing) program would require (based on the current tuition schedule):
    Semester 1: time with 8 credits (20 weeks) - $10,375
    Semester 2: Full time with 16 credits (20 weeks) - $16,000
    Semester 3: time with 8 credits (10 weeks) - $10,375
    Total Tuition: $36,750

    As you evaluate your academic options, please keep in mind that as a private university WCU does not have the luxury of tax dollar subsidies to offset our tuition expenses as do the public colleges and universities. However, at West Coast University if you meet the admissions requirement and are accepted:
    * You will be treated as a person, not a number.
    * You may be able to start classes as soon as June 22, 2009 (space availability varies at each campus)
    * The courses you need to graduate on time will be available.
    * And, you will receive additional NCLEX test preparation over and above the standard curricula.

    Good luck in evaluating your opportunities for completing your nursing degree. Please contact us if you need further clarification.
    Since I can't PM you, I was wondering why you guys don't offer the HESI study packet online anymore? Why did you all remove it??

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