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Thank you for providing feedback regarding Universal Technical Institute (UTI). We are sorry your application for enrollment experience was not a positive one. While it is UTI's sincere desire to understand your frustration, our customer service representative has not been able to reach out to you directly because your contact information was not provided. UTI, like many educational institutions, has an application and acceptance process. UTI is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students and faculty. Any application which indicated a prospective student has been convicted of or has plead guilty or no contest to a felony will be subject to further review by UTI before being accepted. It is our firm policy for all prospective students to wait one year fro the time of their conviction, guilty or no contest felony plea to wait one year before being able to enroll. Once these required three years have passed, we would like the opportunity to work with you on your application for enrollment again. Please feel free to reach out to UTI directly if we can answer any questions regarding our policy and process for enrollment.
Bedford, Texas

I was informed by UTI that because of my 3 past felonies (all non violent) I cannot even be considered for enrollment for 10 years.So let me get this straight, I served my time, completed my parole, want to better my life and further my education with MY own money, and I can't?

I asked The woman on the phone "so I am supposed to start school when I'm 45 years old?" She responded "unfortunately yes".

So much for me putting the past behind me and moving on, it was a mistake made in the PAST, and I will make sure no one I know makes UTI any part of their FUTURE.Actually UTI I hope you get a UTI and they are out of cranberry juice!!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States #852334

You would prefer that UTI not tell you what employers are saying?

They could have been dishonest with you and just took your money.

They told you the truth instead of what you wanted to hear.

Quit whining.

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States #839472

Hello.I am sorry to hear of your disappointment in UTI's Criminal Background policies.

UTI is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students and faculty . An application from a prospective student that indicates a history of being convicted of or pleading guilty or no contest to a violent crime or other type of felony will be subject to further review by UTI before being accepted . This policy extends to those students who have already enrolled or are active students . Conviction of a felony while attending or while awaiting a first class start is grounds for termination or denial .

Certain felony convictions and charges or convictions for drug offenses will also limit an applicant’s eligibility to apply for and receive federal student loans and grants . With regard to admissions decisions, UTI, after its review, will notify students in writing of its decision to accept or deny the application for enrollment . UTI will not, however, accept applicants who: Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to a

violent crime involving a weapon, Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to sexual assault or other sexually related crime, including but not limited to child *** or any non-consensual, involuntary sexual act, Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony within one year of expected enrollment date, Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony and...

controlled substances unless such conviction or plea is more than 15 years old, Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to two or more felonies unless the most recent felony is more than 10 years old. The restrictions apply to convictions received as an adult as well as those received as a juvenile if the applicant was convicted as an adult .

A student’s entire criminal background, including misdemeanor convictions, will be considered when reviewing his or her application for enrollment . Students who have been convicted of a misdemeanor after their most recent felony conviction and within the last year will not be eligible for enrollment until at least one year after their most recent conviction . Also, applicants who are convicted in a military court proceeding (general court-martial) fall under the same felony review process and must provide all appropriate background paperwork. Applicants who have a pending felony charge must resolve the situation to final disposition before consideration by the

appeals committee .

Also, applicants who have a disposition of adjudication withheld and have not completed the requirements of their disposition will be required to complete all aspects of their adjudication and receive final disposition before being reviewed by the appeals committee . Finally, applicants who have a disposition of adjudication withheld and have proof of final disposition will be required to go through the criminal background process and be reviewed by the appeals committee . For the safety and security of the campus and depending upon the circumstances, it may be advisable to deny application based on the applicant’s past criminal background

even if the applicant does not fall into the above categories . Applicants with a criminal background will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis .

Actively enrolled students are expected to notify Financial Aid and Student Services representatives if they are charged

or convicted, or there are changes in charge/conviction status related to a violent crime, felony or drug offense while attending UTI . Students who incur a qualifying offense will be subject to the same process and evaluation as new applicants, which may lead to termination of enrollment .The Operations Shared Services Manager has the responsibility of reviewing and approving enrollment agreements to ensure proper qualifications in accordance with admissions standards . Applicants who are denied admission will be notified promptly in writing by the campus. In support of a drug-free environment, UTI students agree, as a condition of acceptance, to UTI’s Substance Abuse Prevention policy .

Specific details are published in this catalog and are available upon request from the Student Services Department.UTI, based on information obtained during the interview process, may request a criminal background check on any applicant . Adverse reports will be taken into consideration regarding acceptance. If you or any other viewer has any questions regarding the Criminal Background policies listed above, please feel free to contact me. My name is Diana Fry and I am the Sr.

Social Media Specialist at UTI.You can reach me at

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Birmingham, Michigan, United States #835153

Trade schools are a huge waste of money....youre better off finding a local mechanic and asking to be an apprentice...

no tution, some pay and invaluable experience.

These schools prey on people that take out huge student loans and end up owing the rest of their days...its all about profit the students are completely expendable

Boise, Idaho, United States #832811

I know, this happened to a relative of mine.It is absolutely ridiculous and an unjust policy.

I don't know what these they expect, as you said, you just want to better your life.

That is all one should need to get an education.I think something should be done about this.