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    Hi all, I have been looking into the American University of Antigua recently and am considering applying there. I, like most of us, will need a significant amount of financial aid. Therefore, as a US citizen, I checked out Stafford loans first.

    When I do a search on the Federal Dept of Ed site, it shows no approval for AUA. When emailing the school, they tell me they are approved because of their Twinning Program. This is the school's association with an Indian medical school, Kasturba (which does have DOE/FFEL approval). This sounds like it makes sense on the surface, an association with an approved med school and all. But here's the catch, a couple people in this forum said the school instructed them to use #G33333 on their FAFSA.

    G33333 is the school code for Lublin (Poland).

    The whole situation sounds pretty fishy. I would love to hear some responses from AUA staff or current students that might clear up the waters on this topic as it is extremely important to most of us.

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    Please contact (888) -------, or e-mail S. B. : @auamed.org

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    Note:edited for personal info a potentially someone other than person named.

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    Anytime that you see something that looks particularly shady, watch out. Remember that these are for profit institutions.

    While I applaud the school for being so creative, I would also proceed with caution.

    People play with the federal government all the time and when they get caught the results are never good.

    Hopefully, they are not frauding the federal government. I would contact the department of education (not the customer service department but a real person with a real title and phone number).

    I would talk to them to make sure everything is okay. I would also talk to the school.

    Take everything into account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olywa
    Hi all, I have been looking into the American University of Antigua recently and am considering applying there. I, like most of us, will need a significant amount of financial aid. Therefore, as a US citizen, I checked out Stafford loans first.

    When I do a search on the Federal Dept of Ed site, it shows no approval for AUA. When emailing the school, they tell me they are approved because of their Twinning Program. This is the school's association with an Indian medical school, Kasturba (which does have DOE/FFEL approval). This sounds like it makes sense on the surface, an association with an approved med school and all. But here's the catch, a couple people in this forum said the school instructed them to use #G33333 on their FAFSA.

    G33333 is the school code for Lublin (Poland).

    The whole situation sounds pretty fishy. I would love to hear some responses from AUA staff or current students that might clear up the waters on this topic as it is extremely important to most of us.
    Wow. If that is the case, this could be bad news all around.

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    American University of Antigua has an affiliation agreement with Kasturba
    Medical College, Manipal India. This relationship came about as a result of an extensive review by both schools of the others respective medical education program.

    American University of Antigua has never explored, nor has ever shown any interest in forming a working relationship/affiliation with any medical institution in Poland.

    Students who have been accepted into and matriculated at KMC are eligible for U.S. government student funds as well as, other sources of loans and scholarships. These students are able to use these funds, including GSL funds to pay for the cost of education for courses taken at American University of Antigua. This is in accordance with federal laws and regulations.

    The false accusations regarding student loans that have been posted on this site, we believe were written and submitted by other foreign medical schools that feel they cannot compete with the American University of Antigua medical education program, or spend the resources that American University of Antigua does on its academic program. For example, American University of Antigua has a better full time faculty to student ratio than any other school in the Caribbean. American University of Antigua has one faculty member for every ten students, in addition to the prestigious visiting faculty that visit during the academic semester. All American University of Antigua faculty, have either PhD or MDs. We invite any interested person(s) who have questions about AUA to come visit our University and/or sit in on classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUA Admissions
    American University of Antigua has an affiliation agreement with Kasturba
    Medical College, Manipal India. This relationship came about as a result of an extensive review by both schools of the others respective medical education program.

    American University of Antigua has never explored, nor has ever shown any interest in forming a working relationship/affiliation with any medical institution in Poland.

    Students who have been accepted into and matriculated at KMC are eligible for U.S. government student funds as well as, other sources of loans and scholarships. These students are able to use these funds, including GSL funds to pay for the cost of education for courses taken at American University of Antigua. This is in accordance with federal laws and regulations.

    The false accusations regarding student loans that have been posted on this site, we believe were written and submitted by other foreign medical schools that feel they cannot compete with the American University of Antigua medical education program, or spend the resources that American University of Antigua does on its academic program. For example, American University of Antigua has a better full time faculty to student ratio than any other school in the Caribbean. American University of Antigua has one faculty member for every ten students, in addition to the prestigious visiting faculty that visit during the academic semester. All American University of Antigua faculty, have either PhD or MDs. We invite any interested person(s) who have questions about AUA to come visit our University and/or sit in on classes.
    So how it works is students enroll in the Indian school but actually attend classes at your school in Antigua, receive federal funds due to being enrolled in the Indian school? They will receive their MD's from the Indian school or your school?
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    We have a twinning program where students can study at either institution. Diplomas will read from both schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olywa
    Hi all, I have been looking into the American University of Antigua recently and am considering applying there. I, like most of us, will need a significant amount of financial aid. Therefore, as a US citizen, I checked out Stafford loans first.

    When I do a search on the Federal Dept of Ed site, it shows no approval for AUA. When emailing the school, they tell me they are approved because of their Twinning Program. This is the school's association with an Indian medical school, Kasturba (which does have DOE/FFEL approval). This sounds like it makes sense on the surface, an association with an approved med school and all. But here's the catch, a couple people in this forum said the school instructed them to use #G33333 on their FAFSA.

    G33333 is the school code for Lublin (Poland).

    The whole situation sounds pretty fishy. I would love to hear some responses from AUA staff or current students that might clear up the waters on this topic as it is extremely important to most of us.
    I wouldn't recomend committing a felony. The school states it isn't true but if you have information to the contrary I suggest you contact the following office:

    The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provides a hotline for individuals to call to report fraud, waste, or abuse involving federal student aid funds or Department of Education funds, programs, or employees. Anyone having such knowledge should call 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733). All callers can be assured of absolute confidentiality. Reports can also be submitted via email (to oig_hotline@ed.gov)
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    AUA officer, you probably don't care about my opinion since your not getting my money, but this looks awfully suspicious.

    I can only think of one Caribbean school that did something remotely close to that and they got burned for it.
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    AUCdoctobe : you are completly wrong, and maybe jalous because AUA is the first hospital based school in the Caribbean.

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