Founded in 1997, ed2go began as an email correspondent program and has grown to serve over three million students as an online continuing education resource with over 150 certifications and over 40 industries specialties.
The company’s mission is to aid students in mastering new skills online, changing life for the better. It provides fundamental courses to help students gain new personal and professional skills as well as advanced career training to prepare for a new career or recognized certification. Some of ed2go’s most popular career certifications are in the industries of:
The web-based learning platform allows students take the courses online at their convenience. Some courses are completely instructor-led, some are instructor-led at self-pace, and some are completely self-paced.
The company states that ed2go’s online career training programs are competitively priced and offer exceptional value and that claim is backed by the prices listed. Program costs vary at each accredited partner institution and are listed alongside each course features and objectives.
Some training courses are as affordable as a few hundred dollars, a figure comparable with other courses of similar makeup. With all books and other materials included, there are no extra costs beyond the tuition, making the courses affordable for just about any budget.
Prices also vary by course level. For example, under the category of animation, the fundamental course How to Get Started in Game Development costs $149 while the Digital Game Artist Certificate course costs $2,595.
The company website has a career exploration tool called a Skill Map where prospective students can learn about a career by searching by job title or industry, do a quick career search, or map out career options based on personal interests and skills needed.
There are hundreds of courses to choose from in a number of fields, including healthcare and fitness, business and professional, IT software and development, hospitality and service, management and corporate, media and design, skilled trades and industrial, and sustainable energy. Specific course categories include the following:
ed2go also provides an online high school diploma option for adults.
Some specific classes and certifications include the following:
ed2go participates in a unique workforce initiative scholarship program started by the U.S. Department of Defense. The My Career Advancement Account scholarship program (MyCAA) provides up to $4,000 in scholarship money to spouses of active duty military.
The scholarship money can go towards an associate degree, license, certificate, or certification at an accredited college, university, or technical school. Not all testing organizations or online career certification companies are eligible, so it’s notable that ed2go is an approved MyCAA provider through its partner schools, including the following:
In addition to the schools above, ed2go is partnered with over 2,000 academic institutions, over 80 corporations, and over 100 workforce agencies.
ed2go offers private education loans through TuitionFlex, military tuition assistance, and government-funded aid via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). And private education loans are given. However, partial tuition amounts are not an option. Loan requests must be made for the full tuition amount.
You can request financial assistance information after entering your desired certification program and zip code but specific financial aid information is not available online. A financial advisor will contact you for information regarding your financial needs.
In general, students enjoy tremendous flexibility with ed2go courses. If a student can't complete a course during the allotted window, they may apply for an extension for a fee. Extension fees are non-refundable and are subject to be taxed.
The career assistance options are minimal for course takers. There is an online chat option, but this is simply more for technical support and general questions rather than career counseling or in obtaining advice on how ed2go courses can lead to job advancement.
ed2go does offer externship programs for a hands-on experience, but the options are extremely limited. Our limited Ed2go reviews also indicate some difficulty in actually receiving their certificates.
Maryann Renteria (Mckrae)
I felt like it was a bait and switch. I was told all my books were included and they weren’t I had to buy them separately after I already enrolled.
I’ve been studying on ed2go for Administrative Assistant certificate through Valdosta State University. On my last class and I’ve really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Very reasonably priced compared to taking classes on campus. Don’t really understand negative reviews. Certificates for each completed course can be printed out from home. There is a link next to each completed course to do so. Valdosta State also sends a certificate as well. Overall, I am very happy and highly recommended taking the ed2go classes through VSU. The office staff there has been so friendly and helpful anytime I had a question.
Ed2go please don’t spend your money this is a big lie company!!! I finish the course as a administrative dental assistance spend 1,795 in December 12,2018..I make the assignments and the last exam with a good grade and I am Still waiting the certification..I contact on December and answer sometimes delay for the certification..Well is October 01 and I am still waiting..this company is horrible also all the information for the course is online for free!!
I signed up for a program to prepare for the SPHR certification test and paid over $1700. Received my link to the online classroom and was assigned an instructor. Started the program and with lesson 2 noticed the textbook pages in the assignments did not match the syllabus assignments. I contacted the instructor and was told they need to update the syllabus and she sent me the correct information. I found this a little strange especially for the cost of the program. After reading the pages given, I took the next assigned quiz and there where questions on the quiz that did not match the reading assignment. Then I tried to do the written assignment and could not find the material in the assigned reading. Extremely frustrated after wasting my time I contacted the instructor again. She had given me the reading assignment for the wrong program! After wasting over 2 weeks of my time on this and evaluating how much money I spent I decided to drop the program. I contacted the advisor and was told it was past the 10 day refund period. Since it took me longer than that working on the wrong assignments there is no way I knew within the 10 days this was a waste of money. After complaining my request was escalated. Then I was told they would make an exception and refund all but $412. I thought that was ridiculous to be charge that much for a waste of my time and asked for a breakdown of what I was being charged. The email response was they do not have a breakdown, a formula is followed. I have contacted ed2go multiple times saying this is not right and all I get back is we are making an exception for and one of the best responses was "even with the wrong info I was able to learn"! I asked for a phone number today since this going back and forth via email is getting nowhere and was told there is not one to contact, they do everything by email so there is a record of it. The emails back and forth have been going on for days and I am told I have to accept the offer by the 15th. I checked the online syllabus again just to see how much they care about proving wrong information and it is still NOT corrected. This company made the error both in the portal and the instructor and I am being penalized for this which is not right. BEWARE! Do not waste your money!
Caroline L Brooks
I took a 6 months class (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant) and really enjoyed it. I learned a lot, the instructor was helpful and always available if I had question. I received my certificate within three weeks after completion.
If I could give extra blank stars, I would. The course was $2,300 for the Medical Transcription course. They required that I took Medical Terminology, even though I had just passed that course with my actual college (of which they supposedly worked with.). I was very upfront with the "advisors" that I was doing this in addition to my current schoolwork with my College. When it came time to actually help me extending/dropping, there was nothing to be done... Funny how they were all gungho to help and were so open to adjusting things when I was signing up... Now, I have not finished the courses, get no certificate out of it, and I am stuck paying $2300. SCAM AND NOT WORTH IT. STAY AWAY.
I think the courses are great. So far I have taken some on C# and XML. I'm currently taking some on Project Management. This is the the place I always go when I want to learn something new or become more knowledgeable on a certain subject.
I absolutely love ed2go. I do not get the negative comments at all. It sounds to me like people didn't read the fine print nor ask the correct questions before registering for courses. This really helped to enhance my knowledge and skills as a licensed nurse. The medical terminology course served as a great refresher. I plan to take many more courses with ed2go as they were very helpful with helping me register for courses and obtain books. It's not too demanding at all which is great considering my current work schedule. You have a log on, do exercises in you book, online test, read a chapter once a week .I highly recommend and its convenient.
1 only because 0 was not an option. They are a rip off. Their “accidental” over charge will go thru in 7 hours. When you contact them to reverse it they dwadle around. They should have charged me $99 and charged me $1795.......
Minus 1 star was not an option. It is NOT instructor lead lectures and my course was $2,295. Search ed2go Reviews. It's just outdated articles going back to the 90s along with 3 flimsy books and YOU are to read about 300 hrs of it instead of having a professor giving video lectures and then the books as supplements. I just started and I am pointing out errors to them, not typos. They are links to these articles that are no longer working because the lecture material is so old. There is only a 3 to 5 minute blurb by a 'so called' instructor before they expect you to read excerpts from old articles as their lecture. DO NOT DO IT! - IT'S A RIPOFF!
I signed up for an instructor led course to study for the Project Management Professional certification. Unfortunately, the course material was riddled with errors, and the instructor was MIA. For example, the answer to the question of how to show leadership on a project was to "buy everyone t-shirts". That is obviously ridiculous, and the instructor would make up excuses as why the wrong answers were actually correct. Unfortunately I had purchased more than one class, and after the disaster the first class turned out to be, I asked for a refund on the other classes I hadn't taken. They refused.
I'm currently taking a medical assistant course. I just finished the medical terminology portion of it. I have had no issues or complaints so far and I've been doing this since January. I'm finishing at the end of January 2019. I even had to ask for an extension my advisor was extremely knowledgeable and was ready for me at any moment. I definitely suggest anyone who's looking to continue education or someone is looking to further their education in a field that this is the way to go.
They were very eager to sign me up and after I paid my $3k tuition I never heard from the recruitment guy again. Their log in system is convoluted and frustrating at best. I was never able to even get started on my HVAC certification because my mom's Parkinson's Disease took a turn for the worse and I was forced to take care of her full time. I suppose it was mostly my fault for trying to tackle both and granted they did extend my learning time but it would've been nice for them to at least grant me a partial refund considering how nearly impossible it was to commit in light of my moms illness. Goodbye $3k and goodbye learning HVAC.
I am taking the administrative assistant proram accredited by my local university. For the first two days I studied two chapters of gruesome medical terminology and was preparing myself to take the graded quiz. It was very appreciated to have two practice quizzes and I was so glad I took them because they helpe me understand that the quizzes were an absolute joke. The free response answers have some weird format of how you’re supposed to answer the question but there is no way to understand it! Because you don’t put your answer in their complicated way, it counts your answer wrong, even though you put the correct word! I emailed my student advisor yesterday and have yet to hear anything back. this problem alone might cause me to fail!
Medical Coding Class is not sufficient, nor do they issue the correct coding books for use in the certification exam. Unless something changes, beware. Check before taking this course. You should only take it through AAPC. Trust me, I learned the hard way.... :(
I had taken a course in 2015, I have completed this course in 2015, I have paid in full, it is now 2017 and I still haven't received my certificate, I have contacted them numerous times, each and every time they tell me I should receive it within 6 weeks, its Been two years!! Apparently no one can help me, I do not recommend them, I will be taking legal action!!!
Jessie bestco Nutter
I enrolled in Medical Billing/Coding + Medical Terminology. It needs to be understood that this is really just an expensive study guide. Exams are not difficult, and I don't believe they are meant to be. The course was perfect for self study. People that have good study habits, but needed an outline of information to get the ball rolling, textbooks included. The "professors" are a bit of a joke, but at least quick with a response (even if its not very helpful). Google is your friend. No issues with financial side of things. Got the certificate and am currently interviewing for jobs in the field. On the job training is still necessary for me, but now i feel I have a decent head start in the industry.
Medical Transcription course was listed online at the website for my local accredited state university. Upon attempting to convince Cengage (who apparently services Ed2go accounts) to produce a letter stating I was enrolled in courses, they declined. Upon additional request for either this documentation or a refund of course fees paid in advance and cancellation of enrollment, they declined again, citing exemptions under federal tax law and that their refund policy precludes refunds after online course materials have been accessed. Further investigation revealed they have no actual connection with any of the accredited programs available at the state university, and that the entire program was misrepresented. As they refused to provide any acceptable resolution over several contact attempts, I have simply issued a chargeback via my bank.
Finished the ICD 10 Coding Course 10 weeks ago with ed2go through Valencia College. No one seem to know who is responsible for getting my Completion Certificate to me, even the person that sent payment confirmation email to me is now claiming she is not the one. It this some sort of scam?