america s.'s review of The Art Institute of California Orange County

The Art Institute of California Orange County

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Complaint Posted 4/13/2011
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Review 4/13/2011
The Art Institute's trick to charge more money from students per quarter is the "digital resource" fee of $50. This amount is being charged to each student's account when the assigned textbook is in the online database of the Art Institute. If you are enrolled in a class that have an e-book assigned to it, the digital resource fee in mandatory whether you wish to use the AI e-book or prefer to get it from other sources for the fraction of the AI price. AI does not give students the option to decline using AI's very highly priced online books. (Digital books at any bookstore outside the Art Institute typically cost less than the printed version of the same book. Art Institute turns this notion upside down for profit purposes. ) Instructors often don't use the listed e-book at the Art Institute, and the course material is not dependent on the content of the assigned course book. For this reason, AI should provide students with the choice of declining to use the digital AI book. Most of us are only able to study at AI by borrowing money. The AI e-book fees add a tremendous amount of extra expense to student debts. The $50 digital resource fee per courses plus the accrued interest over time add up, so much so that the $50 fee ultimately becomes a much larger number by the time the entire student loan is paid off. Imagine if you have to take 25 or more courses that have a digital book assigned to them at the Art Institute. This fee is unfair. Students must have the right to decide whether they want to take upon that extra financial burden or not.
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