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Brown College Of Court Reporting

Phone: (404) 876-1227Fax: (404) 876-4415View Additional Phone Numbers1900 Emery St NW Ste 200, AtlantaGA 30318-2570 Send email to Brown College Of Court Reporting

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A BBB Accredited Business since 11/15/2002

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Factors that raised Brown College Of Court Reporting's rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Response to 5 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

5 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Billing / Collection Issues1
Problems with Product / Service4
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 5

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Brown College Of Court Reporting

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
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Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (5)BBB Closure Definitions
02/19/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

I called Brown college inquiring about applying for the Spring program, Ms. ***** told me that Friday Dec.20,2013 was the last day I could enroll and a $50.00 application fee was required. I informed the admissions rep. that I was on a fixed income and my pay would not post until Dec.31,2013, I also explained I had to meet a deadline to use my VRAP military education benefits before it expired and that my FASFA benefits had been applied for back in Sept.2013; she told me to come in to enroll before 3:00 p.m. Dec.20,2013 and that she would hold my check until Dec.31, 2013. I went to apply at 2:00, I wrote/gave a check for $50.00, took a grammar and typing test, was handed a package then escorted outside. Once I returned home and went through my package; it did not include documents of my applying, no receipt, no student i.d., no schedule, NOTHING except a brochure about the college. I contacted VA and learned the school did not have me enrolled as a student. I contacted the school and learned I was not in the system. I called MS. *****, she refused to answer, then my check was prematurely deposited on Dec.30, (insufficient funds) and it was redeposited Dec.31.2013 where it cleared.They never enrolled me into the school, they just took my money!
Product_Or_Service: admissions to college

Desired Settlement
I request my $50.00 application fee returned plus $30.00 bounced check fee and $25.00 for other charges applied to my account because of her DELIBERATELY SUBMITTING MY CHECK PREMATURELY.

Business Response
Brown College of Court Reporting has carefully reviewed the customer's complaint by reading the prospective students concerns, reviewing the file, reviewing employee notes in our database, and talking with the involved employees (Director of Admissions and Admissions Representative).
The customer arrived for her appointment late on Friday 12/20/13 (close to the end of our business day, 3pm) and expressed her urgency in applying for the program. She was walked through the process by the admissions representative and chose to submit an application fee via a check that was not postdated. The admissions representative did not understand that the customer expected her to hold the check for over one week. It is important to note that the college is not in the practice of holding checks and would typically ask that a student submit their application at a time when they can pay the fee.

The customer applied at the very end of our business day on Friday and called early Monday a.m. (approx.. 8:30am) to complain to our Director of Admissions (DOA) that she was not "enrolled". This is basically true because her application had not been processed since our registrar's office did not receive the application until Monday morning. However, the DOA assured the student that her application would be processed for the winter term, beginning Jan. 6th and, after finalizing the call, promptly submitted the application and emailed a receipt dated 12/23/13(the admissions representative working with the customer on Friday was not in the office, yet). In addition, per the students complaint, there was no class schedule given, student ID generated, or acknowledgement to the VA between Friday afternoon and Monday morning because the college does not operate during weekend hours. The information being requested by the student (schedule, ID, etc.) would have been generated beginning on Monday when the application was officially submitted and the student accepted. I have records in our database that show our financial aid advisor left the customer a message on Monday to discuss tuition payment expectations. So, the college was following our normal application process for this student and eagerly preparing for the January start. This was not, as claimed, an intentional effort by the college to create any hardship for the student. We are a small college that prides itself on building a good rapport with our students from the very first meeting. From what I can determine, it was clearly understood during both conversations (admissions representative and director of admissions) and, from the date on the customer's check, that the she wanted her application to be processed (this includes the fee). I do not want the customer to be out the fee if she truly is not interested in attending our college, therefore, I will initiate a refund of the customers application fee of $50 and the bounced fee of $30 this week.

09/30/2013Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

The college allowed a disbursement from a deral gov't loan and I am no longer a student. They are not cooperative to reverse the disbursement.
I was a student of BCCR Spring Quarter of 2013. I left due to financial aid, and found a more affordable court reporting institute. I have been encountering complications with my federal student loan (disbursement when no longer enrolled) and I reached out to the Accounting and Financial Aid departments for support to find that I was blocked. My first few messages to BCCR were sent successfully days before and two former classmates has assured me that BCCR email addresses or staff has not changed! Not only does this staff exhibit a lack of interest while you are currently a student the post student support is atrocious as well! This college has 5 complaints on the Better Business Bureau, please refrain from pursuing their services!

Desired Settlement
I need my student loan reversed or furnished documents indicating that the scheduled disbursement was cancelled.

Business Response
Contact Name and Title: *** *******, *** ********
Contact Phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Contact Email: ********************
******* ***** began at Brown College of Court Reporting in the Spring of 2013. She applied for financial aid on March 20, 2013 prior to the April 1st class start. During that first quarter ******* realized that she was not doing well in her studies and her last day of attendance was June 20th, the end of the first quarter.

She came to the school on the first day of the quarter, July 1, 2013 and was informed that her grades were not passing from the prior quarter. Therefore she was dismissed academically and lost her financial aid. The financial aid paperwork had been completed for the upcoming quarter, however once the dismissal happened any pending disbursements were canceled. We have documentation available to support this.

I apologize that her emails were returned to her, but we never "block" emails or email addresses. My only resolution to that is that she may have had the wrong address on the email. My staff takes the utmost care with both current and previous students which is why we have a very good reputation curently and for the past 41 years.

In regards to the five previous complaints, Brown College of Court Reporting has explained each situation thouroughly and resolved each case.

If a person desires to be a court reporter, it is to their advantage to check us out. We are the only school approved in Georgia by the National Court Reporters Assoc.

Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.)

Final Business Response
Brown College of Court Reporting responded directly to the consumer by providing the necessary documentation to show that all pending loans had been cancelled out.

01/16/2013Billing / Collection Issues
12/06/2012Problems with Product / Service
10/09/2012Problems with Product / Service

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Additional Information


This college is a division of Coyne American Institute, Chicago, Illinois.

BBB file opened: 11/20/2002Business started: 02/01/1972
Type of Entity

Sole Proprietor

Business Management
Principal: Ms. Marita Carey (Executive Director)
Contact Information
Ms. Shirley Sotona (Director of Education)
Number of Employees


Business Category

Schools - Academic - Colleges & Universities, Schools - Business & Vocational

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Address for Brown College Of Court Reporting

1900 Emery St NW Ste 200

Atlanta, GA 30318-2570

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    Atlanta, GA 30318-2570(404) 876-1227
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