SYLVAN LEARNING CENTERS Franchise Complaints

Sylvan Learning Centers franchise opportunity:  Are you familiar with it?

If so, please share your experience, opinions or insights with a comment below.

The Sylvan Learning Centers franchise website states: “Now is an exciting time to join Sylvan – centers are currently available.

“This rewarding opportunity allows you to benefit from the proven success of Sylvan’s well-established franchise system.

Sylvan supplies you with all the tools to compete effectively in the market…”

However, according to Entrepreneur, Sylvan Learning Centers locations declined from 816 US franchises in 2008 to 740 in 2011.

According to data released by the Small Business Administration (SBA), Huntington Learning Centers franchise owners who qualified for SBA-backed franchise loans have a loan failure rate of 25%.

That earns Sylvan Learning Centers a spot in UnhappyFranchisee.com’s list of WORST FRANCHISES IN AMERICA (by SBA loan defaults)

Sylvan Learning Centers franchise owners have a 25% SBA loan default rate.

The apparent drop in Sylvan Learning Centers franchises in recent years and high SBA loan default rates could be franchise due diligence red flags.

Sylvan Learning Centers Franchise  
Sylvan Learning Centers U.S. franchises in 2008: 816
Sylvan Learning Centers U.S. franchises in 2011: 740
Growth in franchise units 2008 – 2011 (#) -76
Growth in franchise units 2008 – 2011 (%): -9%
SBA loans granted since 2001: 193
SBA loan failure rate: 25%
Sources: Entrepreneur (growth), Coleman report (SBA)  

The inability to repay an SBA-backed loan (or any franchise loan, for that matter) indicates a serious situation for the franchisee. 

It’s likely that Sylvan Learning Centers franchise owners who received SBA loans may have collateralized their franchise loan with their homes or other personal assets, and many were unable to repay those franchise loans… despite the serious incentive to do so.

Are you familiar with the Sylvan Learning Centers franchise opportunity?

What do you think accounts for the SBA loan failure rate of Sylvan Learning Centers franchise owners?

What steps should Sylvan Learning Centers be taking to stop further franchise failures?

Has Sylvan Learning Centers taken serious action to address the problems that led to these loan failures?

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3 thoughts on “SYLVAN LEARNING CENTERS Franchise Complaints

  • May 14, 2014 at 10:20 am
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    The company sucks, Management doesn’t know what it is doing. The CEO and Operations Director are a bunch of morons. They don’t care about us franchisees.

  • May 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
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    This franchise’s claims looked unreasonable and was fortunate to avoid. But got sucked in a bigger fraud of a childcare franchise. Like other childcare franchises Sylvan hooked up with loan officers to get SBA approvals.

  • March 27, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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    Rip off
    Don’t get fooled. It’s a homework mill and students just play on iPads during the tutoring sessions and don’t even fully complete the problems in each assigned section. Save your money and get one-on-one tutoring for your child.

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