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BBB has determined that South University meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 16 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised the rating for South University include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 57 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
  • BBB has sufficient background information on this business.

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

57 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 10 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 6
Billing/Collection Issues 27
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 24
Total Closed Complaints 57

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

1 Customer Review on South University
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 1
Total Customer Reviews 1

Additional Information

BBB file opened: June 19, 1997 Business started: 01/01/1899 in 0 Business started locally: 01/01/1899 Business incorporated: 01/05/2009 in GA
Type of Entity

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Business Management
Mr. William Faust , Project Manager
Contact Information
Customer Contact: Mr. William Faust , Project Manager
Business Category

Schools - Academic - Colleges & Universities Scholarships & Financial Aid

Alternate Business Names
EDMC Online Higher Education Education Management Corporation South College South University Online
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Complaint Detail(s)

9/4/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Complaint Details Unavailable
9/3/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Complaint Details Unavailable
5/27/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Complaint Details Unavailable
2/13/2014 Billing/Collection Issues | Complaint Details Unavailable
2/3/2014 Billing/Collection Issues | Complaint Details Unavailable
1/16/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Complaint Details Unavailable
12/9/2013 Advertising/Sales Issues | Complaint Details Unavailable
11/26/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: College is holding a pell grant even though I am not enrolled. This is preventing me fromgoing to another college. ******** ******, the ********* **** ******* has lied to me several times, telling me it is released and it isnt. This has been going on since latter part of July. I was supposed to stat School on Sept. 4 2013 and could not. As of today they are still holding this grant and I need them to release it.

Desired Settlement: Release my Pell Grant so I can go to another college. It is being held up personally by ******** ****** because I threatened them with filing a BBB Complaint.

Business Response:
Company's response below and attached.

Dear Ms. *****,

Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention.  We have resolved the issue with Mr. ******** back in October.  Attached is the formal resolution letter.  Sorry that this was delayed.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.


******* *****
******* ********** **********

Consumer Response:

Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID *******, and find that this resolution is satisfactory to me. 




***** ********



BBB's Final Determination: Consumer accepted resolution offered by the business.

10/29/2013 Problems with Product/Service
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8/26/2013 Billing/Collection Issues | Complaint Details Unavailable
6/10/2013 Billing/Collection Issues
4/22/2013 Problems with Product/Service
4/22/2013 Problems with Product/Service
3/1/2013 Problems with Product/Service
2/25/2013 Billing/Collection Issues
1/31/2013 Billing/Collection Issues
1/22/2013 Problems with Product/Service
1/15/2013 Advertising/Sales Issues
1/8/2013 Billing/Collection Issues
12/3/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
11/21/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
10/30/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues
10/24/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
10/17/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
9/26/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues
8/20/2012 Problems with Product/Service
8/20/2012 Problems with Product/Service
8/6/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
7/24/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
7/24/2012 Problems with Product/Service
6/26/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
6/22/2012 Problems with Product/Service
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6/22/2012 Problems with Product/Service
6/22/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
6/22/2012 Problems with Product/Service
6/22/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
6/22/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues
6/13/2012 Problems with Product/Service
5/15/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
5/7/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues
4/26/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
4/11/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
4/2/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
4/2/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
3/28/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
3/26/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
3/20/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
3/16/2012 Problems with Product/Service
3/16/2012 Problems with Product/Service
3/15/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
3/8/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
1/20/2012 Problems with Product/Service
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11/16/2011 Problems with Product/Service