Just found this site, wished I looked before signing myself and son to many years of a financial burden.
My son has been employed in the automotive industry since he was 16, this choice of enrolling him to advance his move up the ladder, and therefore his income was well earned, he had basic knowledge of the industry and a proven responsible employee going to work everyday improving his knowledge with each new job he accepted, opening the garage he worked for early on Saturday mornings
The sales rep promised how great the financial aid team for the school is, that sure was not our experience. Any help we needed in understanding and completing forms was not offered and when asked they'd stand over you at the computer in a room with others trying to find information on computers and others walking in and out. Now for a thirty thousand dollar investment, they should have provided one on one time in a private office, which they do for the sales rep selling you on your kid's future. I was told by the sales rep that as a single mom my loan would be a very small payment. Not the case, maybe I completed something on the forms incorrectly, I don't know because there was no assistance. This is where the financial aid department should have gone over the options so we would have been provided the best financing for our income, it probably would have been in my families best interest that my son incur the financing on his own.
As for the education. My son did find some of the instructors providing information to help improve his knowledge, but not the case with all. He had homework that consisted of word search and crossword puzzles, I find that unacceptable, UTI is not grade school, seriously thirty thousand for puzzles! He did well in class work and attendance, always A's,
My son did not get to complete his education, some paperwork was missing, we were told that they would extend the deadline to December, we beat that requirement, yet he was not allowed to return. I know of 4 others who enrolled at UTI, Only one completed the schooling, he still works at the same place when he started UTI. 1 out of 5 completing the UTI program are sad statistics
If you truly want to be a certified mechanic, it does not require a thirty thousand dollar education. Get a job at a local garage, work hard, learn from others. You can take ASE testing on your own, my son will when he'll have enough funds after paying for the large loan, Some garage's will even send you for certification. Save your money, it is not worth the investment in UTI.
Product or Service Mentioned: Universal Technical Institute Program.
Monetary Loss: $30.