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Universal Technical Institute - Not worth the time and money to go to this school
Went to the Orlando campus from 2010 and graduated in 2012 with the Ford program. Decided to go here after 4 years in the military working on trucks and loved doing it. Thought this would be ideal. My main goal was to use my GI Bill for funding and ultimately wanted to own my own shop in the future.
When I got there, I found out my GI Bill did not cover tuition and only got a lump sum a month(UTI was using the old version of the Bill before converting to the new one that covered tuition....that happened right after I graduated.....go figure!). So then I was stuck having to take out student loans to make ends meet Financial Aid advised me to do Sallie Mae and that requires having a parent as a co-signer......OH *** NO! A veteran in his mid 20s isn't asking his mother in another state to co-sign nothing for him!
As for the classes, some were very decent and informative. There wasn't much hands-on, bout 70% lecture and 30% lab. Lab time pretty much playing around with cars, testing voltage, and getting on the computer to look up service bulletins. Classes were 6 hours long half the time consist of pure boredom. Some of the teachers were a lot of the "back in my day" types who never teach to begin with.
After graduating with high honor and excellent attendance, it took 3 months to land a job at a dealership where I was taught some shady practices and short cuts in order to make flat rate. I'm an honest guy and I don't like to having my moral compass bent so I left that place after a couple months and working for an independent shop during the summer. I was laid off from that job and decided the only cars I'm working on is my wife's and my own.
To anyone reading this review thinking about going to UTI, I would recommend looking elsewhere. Chances are a local community college has an auto program where you could get the same training for a *** of a lot less(paying up 30k for one year is not worth it.). Better yet, you can learn it on your own and go work for Pep Boys doing oil changes, tires, and brakes, same stuff UTI grads do.
Now about 4 years later, I'm still paying for this mistake and I blame it on myself. I have a decent job now and going back to school, using up the rest of my GI Bill. I don't even list UTI on my resume and have torn up the diploma they gave me. Not worth the time or money.
Monetary Loss: $30000.