I have read all of the reviews and what startles me is the negative reviews.
For one, as with ANY learning experience, be that in a traditional classroom or online, the student is responsible for learning the material,participating in class and submitting assignments on time.
Secondly, I have never had a problem in terms of financial aid or the bursars office, admin or anything. In fact, I have had quite the opposite. The financial aid office will call you and email you to death until THEY can get everything straight with regard to your aid. YOU have to make sure that YOU submit complete records and be completely forthcoming on your FAFSA and your student loan apps.
I have never had to wait longer than two days to hear back from advising or admin. NEVER. They are fantastic with turnaround and followup.
Finally, Online classes are not for everyone. I find it fits me well. There is a LOT of reading and writing. 12 week courses are crammed into 6 week quarters, so the workload is heavy and demanding. It's challenges, books, materials are no different than a typical school.
You are the master of your own education. Even in the absence of a proper professor or instructor, you can, as the student, take control and research material on your own.
Walden strives to develop their students into educated and independent thinkers. With that being said, your degree will be packed with the ability to apply your education in the real world.
I am very pleased with Walden and I will and have recommended it to many many people.