Consumer Watch: Buyer Beware of College Admissions Assistance company

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 23 at 7:24 PM

(WHAS11) -  For anyone who may have attended a weekend seminar in Louisville from a company named College Admission Assistance… buyer beware.

Good Morning Kentuckiana's Andy Treinen says there are questions about that company, and the answer to those questions could be very costly.

Unfortunately, these are answers that you going to have to come up with very quickly; because if you signed up for College Admissions Assistance at the Hilton Garden Inn over the weekend, the deadline for canceling that contract is midnight tonight, Wednesday, Nov., 23.

"Well, the company has a D+ rating with the Better Business Bureau in Texas; obviously not good news.  The company has a D+ rating because of the amount of complaints consumers have filed against it, and because of its length of time in business," said Reanna Hamblin Smith of the Better Business Bureau.

College Admissions Assistance is a company that makes big promises to prospective college students; promises ranging from tutoring to assistance applying for college grants. Lambert Franklin took his son Grant to the seminar and he says they were given a high pressure sales pitch. They signed a contract and agreed to pay $2,400 to the company, but then Franklin headed home and started doing research.

"There's a ton of negative publicity about what they don't do for you later and how a lot of this information you can get for basically nothing," said Franklin.  He canceled his contract on Monday and called WHAS11, because he was concerned about the many other families in the room; families who are locked in, if they do not cancel by midnight Wednesday.
 

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