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Is Edifi College Financial Aid Services a scam?

citcatcitcat Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
My daughter received an invitation to attend a "free" personal interview because she has been selected to apply for grants, scholarships, tuition discounts, etc. Is this a scam or is is just another business where you pay for their assistance in teaching us how to navigate the financial aspect of paying for college? Does anyone have any input?
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Replies to: Is Edifi College Financial Aid Services a scam?

  • lazyjjlazyjj Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    ya i also got a letter from edifi in the mail saying i could get grants or scholorships, that i had been selected in my area. i checked the website out it seems real. but the thing is i got the letter after i already dropt out of school this year. how could i have been selected. i read that these people go through email addresses and get your info to scam you. its fake.
  • LorenSerritellaLorenSerritella Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    The whole thing is not a scam, it's just a HUGE rip-off. My job was interviewing the people on the phone, and using a simple method to put in all the information.....the same exact thing you can do. It took me less then a half hour, to do EVERYTHING you could do at your kitchen table in one hour. We were trained in round-about ways of saying it wasnt a scam, and ways to make you feel like you wernt screwed out of your money. Every PRO-EDIFI comment you see on the web has been written by people at Edifi, or the computer dept. The building is small, with about 30 employees. The people running it are borderline con-artist, and nobody respects them in there respective communities. The President and Vice President of customer service... would chain smoke in a truck parked in the parking lot......And Maura Katzberg, the so-called Vice President of Customer Service, is Hitler in a ballgown. Her job was to literally argue with people until she beat them into submission. Everyone was scared of her. Now, I have finally realized that it was only through bullying and scare tactics, was she able to control the company. And take Clients money. Modern day Criminals. All legal. John Bratt, the "President", sat in his office, doing NOTHING. His office was essentially off limits.I was young in the customer service world, and thought I was doing people a good service. After about a month, you realize you are just making the same 2 people richer by the day, and screwing over minorities. Most of the clients, minorities. If you didnt speak english, we were the people for you. Avoid them at all cost.
  • dixieholmesdixieholmes Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I was told that when ever i decided to get out of the contract i could at no cost to me or my son. So today i called to cancel my contract they told me i would have to pay a 600.00 dollar cancellation fee. Unforturatly i fell for their bs.
  • mannyvmannyv Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I received a letter from Edifi and went to the meeting. When my mother and I couldn't decide whether or not to pay for the services, $99 down payment and $139 for 9 months, we were left alone to discuss it for a moment. Let me tell you this, being from a low income family, where my mom and dad are divorced, being the first one to go to college, always worrying about how my family will pay for college to the point I can't go to sleep at night, I cried. My mother and I both cried, wondering if this investment will help in my future. HA, I'm crying just by writing this. Because I am the first in my whole family to go to college, my mother and I are lost in everything, scholarships, applications, FAFSA, schools, everything. When I went to study for the SAT in their website, I found out that I've already used this. It was the same format, questions, everything that was in number2.com, which is free. That made me wonder if Edifi was a scam. We told my father about Edifi and he was sceptical from the start. We didn't fully convinced him, so he will call the number. Now I am here, finding out that Edifi cheated me out of my money, I realized that I may have made the biggest mistake I've made in my life (and I'm not exaggerating). My family doesn't have that kind of money. Now I'm asking, is there anything that I can do? Will they be true to their word and help me with the finances of college? Was I stupid for falling for their trap? Did we just let money that we don't have down the drain? Even if I can't do anything, what WILL they do to help me and my college future?
  • alexrusualexrusu Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    If anyone is thinking of signing up for Edifi, PLEASE do yourself a favor and don't do it. It was the stupidest thing my mom and I ever did.
    They are full of empty promises, and the things they do offer are easily accessible on the internet without having to pay.
    I personally tried my best to exploit every opportunity they offer and it's all BS. I went on their website where apparently you get to ask questions to counselors and get answers, but the answers to my questions were all copied and pasted from previous questions.
    I also called and the staff was terrible; they kept passing me from one person to another. So much for talking to a counselor that you choose and trust like they told me the day I signed up. When I looked more into it, I found this forum where an ex-employee of the company was describing how horrible the people really are: making fun of the parents and the kids who called, responding to their questions with no interest whatsoever to help.
    Not one day do I not regret having spent almost 2000 dollars that I could have easily spent on buying a car which I really need right now.

    P.S. @dixieholmes : How long did you wait between signing up and cancelling your contract? Could I still do it if it's been a year?
  • Iron MaidenIron Maiden Registered User Posts: 2,054 Senior Member
    Rule to live by: if you think you should ask "is this a scam?" - it is!
  • GardnaGardna Registered User Posts: 1,013 Senior Member
    Rules to live by #2; most people don't need to pay anyone lots of money to fill out the FAFSA for them. Chances are, between your own ability to read, working with people at your local high school, and this forum, you can get answers to almost every question. I'm not going to say it's never useful, but it can't hurt to try and see if you have any questions before you pay a premium to someone just to tell you what a Stafford loan is.
  • susgeeksusgeek Registered User Posts: 1,603 Senior Member
    And the first six posters to this thread are making their first post to CC, each bumping up an old post??????

    I don't know anything about Edifi, but this thread appears to be some sort of scam.
  • GardnaGardna Registered User Posts: 1,013 Senior Member
    Oh wow, you're right susgeek. I didn't even think to look at the year on the first post!

    As for the new posters; that's par for the course on this forum. If you start a thread with a title like Is X a Scam? (You can substitute Edifi for Cutco / Vector Marketing or one of the 800,000 Teen Student of the Year National Merit Super-Genius of America awards) and get a flurry of passionate new users on either side of the issue.
  • AUGirlAUGirl Registered User Posts: 2,890 Senior Member
    FYI: If you google edifi this comes up.

    I wasn't going to even think about going their little interview thing, but I was curious, because I received the same letter. My guess is is that it is all BS.
  • alexadame30alexadame30 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    What if you didn't know it was a scam until right now and already scheduled an interview with Edifi???? Do I just not show up or do I call for a cancellation?
  • PrecursorPrecursor Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    Yea, just called for an interview as well, but from what I've heard these people are only out to get your money, preferably a lot of it, off of your college dreams. Just don't show up.
  • dwillj71dwillj71 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    MannyV,

    How are things going with Edifi now? I noticed that your posting was in Aug. 2010. Are they helping you? Was it worth it? My daughter and I attended a meeting today and I am wondering all the things your were wondering. Will they really help?
  • eachdaycountseachdaycounts Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    thank you everyone!!!this really helps.
    i got this letter too...just thinking about whether this thing is legit...so it's NOT!!THIS REALLY HELPS!
  • destinyconsultsdestinyconsults Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Reading all of your comments saddens me, because there are legitimate needs for students to seek assistance with making the transition to college and it's people and organizations that do not have the right motives that make those of us who are legitimately and genuinely seeking to help others look bad!

    A word of advice to everyone who is looking to anyone or any organization to assist them in their or their child's college pursuit, look for qualified, credentialed and experienced professionals, who sincerely have the best interest for college bound students in their heart, mind and most importantly in their work!

    If you think or feel it is a scam, it usually is however there are true legitimate educational consultants and business organizations whose mission is to student centered, based on student development theory, and advocates for students in transition.
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