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Universal Technical Institute - Sold a dream, got a mountain of problems
Update by user Jul 25, 2012
Mr. Soliz, your comment is so scattered it doesn\'t really make any sense, I\'ll try and respond to it, yes a lot of the tools/vehicles in the classes are worn/damaged/dated and need to be replaced. On another note I would like to say since my post there has been some help from the employment services department taking care of some of my issues.
But still my main issues have yet to been dealt with even though I have told every person I have talked with about them and my major concerns.
Until those issues are resolved I still can not recommend this school to any one and still regret attending it myself.
They have asked me multiple times to remove this review since they are \"helping me\", but they really aren\'t.
So until they can fix/answer every concern I have given them this review will remain in place and be linked on my facebook as well so hopefully no one else gets scammed into this illusion of a great career after attending this school.
Original review posted by user Apr 30, 2012
So this all started 3 years ago, my then girlfriend was hit by an automobile as a pedestrian, fracturing multiple vertebrae, ribs and massive muscle and ligament damage. I was at the time working for Comcast making really good money, well good money for someone that had a high school diploma and no real college under their belt. We got engaged and married later that same year. This is where the fun starts, I got laid off from Comcast for using what was called KinCare(time off allowed for immediate family issues and/or emergencies) for my wife 4days before our wedding for a medical emergency, well since we weren't officially married I came back from our honeymoon to a week long paid suspension followed by my pink slip.
At this point we didn't really know what to do, she still couldn't work(and still can't but don't ask SSI that they will tell you she is fine and not disabled, yeah a broken back and she isn't disabled, love this country) Anyways we were thinking of ways I could either afford to get a degree or a trade skill to improve my job prospects. At this time she was receiving state disability and I was receiving my unemployment benefits. Back when I was fresh out of high school I had wanted to go to Wyotech, but couldn't afford it and my parents refused to cosign a loan. But now married neither of us with employment and no good jobs in sight, I turned back to the auto industry and we drove from Livermore to Sacramento and looked at Universal Technical Institute.
We both loved the campus and facilities, all the staff was friendly and helpful. Both being gear heads we decided we could afford to live in Sacramento off our 2 benefit checks and I would go to UTI. Then the fun started, financial aid.
First off I'm going to say I had to fill out the same paperwork for them about 10 times, because they kept losing it, these were forms with mine and my wife's social, tax info, address etc. Then come to find out my fed loans wouldn't cover everything, and no 3rd party bank wanted to give my a loan without a cosigner, I was 25 at the time and detached from everything, I had no one that could cosign. So they had me write this letter for their head financial aid manager to get approved for a "special circumstances loan". I came to find out this loan pulls a 9%+ interest rate, but I was already stuck at this point. So for the time being I went to my classes worked my *** off. Now I took the Auto program with the Smog and Toyota electives, I took the electives because I was told I'd be able to make a minimum of $12/hour no matter what Toyota dealership I went to since I would have my smog license.
So anyways the time at the school came to an end, 3.9gpa, SOC in multiple courses, Smog License and everything was looking good, until employment services got me to the Toyota dealership were my externship and employment would be. $8.50, yup minimum wage plus some change, when I brought this up with them they were "shocked". Now at this time state disability is no more for my wife since it only last a year, and since I was now working full time my edd checks stopped as well, and if you are wondering yes my unemployment checks were bigger than my now current paychecks.
The school still hasn't put my ASE certs into their system to validate my Toyota Factory training, I am now 8months after my graduation. Employment services has returned my calls once with no help at all trying to find work that I can actually live off of. We literally have enough money for food and shelter, I have to sell belongings just to pay for auto insurance. Loans are now on forbearance and deferment(yeah that special circumstance loan, won't let you forbearance for financial hardships like a Fed Loan which means in 6months I have to some how figure out how I'm going to pay for that.) We have no extras in life, no tv, no internet(except on my droid phone that I have kept so I actually have a phone I can be reached on) In fact I'm at a public library typing this because its too much to do on a *** phone. In short don't believe a *** thing that school tells you about income post graduation and employment assistance. If I could I'd get a refund but school loans just don't work that way.
Worst decision in my life, and if this post can help stop one person from making this same mistake then I'm satisfied. All you will get from this school is false promises and debt that you will probably never be able to pay off.
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