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Penn Foster Career School
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Local College did not accept my precious courses
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2010
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I took 2 semesters through Penn Foster and paid them a lot of money only to find when I went to transfer to a local Jr. College that my credits would not transfer. I had takes 8 classes and passed them all with excellent grades, none of them were accepted!

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alana - 5 days ago

I called for information about this school and its payment plans for getting my high school deploma, the woman that answered my call was trying to get me to buy a plan instantly, then when i told her i was just calling for information she tried to bully me into buying something saying i oviously didnt want to make more money and have a high school degree, this isnt the way to treat a potential buyer.Infact her lack there of people skills has convinced me i can do better by picking a different school to go threw.

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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015
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Thumbs down!!! They charge you 15.00 if your payment is 1 day late, they respond to emails if you are praising them, if your questioning your bill, or log in, they send you a message that that same email that responded to you prior, now does not accept emails as it is automated. Login error to account, never did get corrected.

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READ ALL before you sign up and agree to pay an...
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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
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This school is only in this for the money!! BEWARE!! DO NOT AGREE TO ANYTHING.. get EVERYTHING in writing prior to agreements and or payment agreements! I currently hold a Bachelor's Degree and 2 Master's Degrees and this school's review of my transcripts was unbelievable.. just want you to enroll in as many courses as they can get money for!!! BEWARE!!!

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sarah r. - 4 days ago

Hi, I am considering enrolling for the vet tech program and was wondering if anyone actually graduate from the program. I like the price is affordable and you can work at your own pace. I went to NorthCentral University (in Arizona) Online for a PhD and wasn't able to graduate because no one would respond...I don't want to start a program and have to drop half way through again. Feedback would be appreciated. Thanks :)

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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2015
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I feel like this was a bait-and-switch deal. Everything the admissions people told me was wrong-after I paid my money by the way. After spending a LONG time on hold with each phone call I made, each person would tell me somethinig different then the person before. I honestly do not know how they are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. I got a refund and would caution anyone to be VERY, VERY careful with their money and time.

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How much time do you have for school?
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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am a current student at this school. When I started this school was great, I loved it. They were very fast to get me enrolled and started. Now, I am very displeased. It takes 1-2 weeks for them to grade a project, 1-2 weeks to send you applications to continue with your degree and 1-2 months to send you the coursework. They are prided with letting you go at your own pace. That is not the case. They go at their pace, as it is convenient for them. Only apply for this school if you have months to waste on waiting on them. They take the longest time possible for everything. I am working on my associates degree, which is a 2 year degree. 2 years to them is actually 4-5 years. I am in year 4, going on 5 with them. This school needs to get their stuff together.

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Degree: Computer Programming
Graduation Year: 2012
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This college is just a money racket. I signed up for classes, they took my $300.00 down payment instantly. Then I wanted to cancel a week later because I couldn't afford it at the time, something came up. Well I called them and instead of getting a refund for classes I didn't take, they charged me another $75.00 to cancel my classes on top of the $300 I paid for nothing. Their just a bunch of Capitalist pigs. If I could, I would punch whoever I talked to, in the face. Penn Foster is the worst college I've ever dealt with!! I would never do business with them again and I would ABSOLUTELY not recommend them to anyone. F you PF, Signed: J. B.

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j - 25 days ago

Most colleges work like that in that your initial payment or downpayment is not refundable. I am pretty positive that would be stated along with any other fees for things like canceling

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
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My first semester at Penn Foster went great. My second semester was a going very well until I did my first practicum. I submitted everything. All my pictures, all my reports, and all my signed paperwork. After some time of waiting for my next semester I find out that I need to redo EVERYTHING because all of my materials I sent we lost. I had my postage tracked and has confirmation it was delivered but Penn Foster said it was not received. After all the stress and the headache of quickly trying to redo my entire practicum my teacher still has not graded any other my work to continue on with my studies!! I would not recommend Penn Foster to anyone who is trying to quickly get a degree or to anyone who has a difficult time studying online. The teachers at Penn Foster are VERY incompetent during my experience.

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Miss Ariel - 10 days ago

I'm sorry that happened to you. I HATE when I worked super hard on something and have it lost. I can only imagine how frustrated you and your Practicum site where to have to redo everything. I am a Student Ambassador for Penn Foster. Our instructors and Practicum graders try their best to help their students, but there are 10K Vet Tech students enrolled and only very few instructors. Some of the instructors are even part time so they don't get a chance to grade everyday. I hope you can understand. I really do hope your experience improves for your next two semesters.

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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2010
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I completed the High school Diploma & Computer Support Technician Career Diploma and then I'm working with CompTIA A+ Certification right now, Penn Foster's programs and find them to be very informative and up to date. Penn Foster's Student Services is easy to contact and they will work with you to address any problems you may be having with the program, I decided to do some research on schools and found Penn Foster. It has everything I was looking for. Flexible schedule perfect for me, The books are super easy to understand too. I love it! A great experience overall!

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Kathryn - 24 days ago

You were obviously hired by or already work for Penn Foster because absolutely no one else has anything good to say about this school. All I have dealt with is a bunch of money hungry pigs that present us with outdated information. They shuffle you around when you try to contact someone for help and no one does what they say they are going to. I just don't understand how anyone could truthfully think this school is worth any kind of educational value.

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Sara - 20 days ago

Your right I work there and it's a scam

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Degree: Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management
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This school is a complete scam. I regret the time I enrolled in this school. Even if I tried to cancel the program that I was enrolled still they charged me the full amount after completing only three lessons out of sixteen. So if you are thinking of enrolling to this sschool better think twice or you’ll regret it.

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Julie - about 1 month ago

Why was it a scam? Can you please give details?

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Steven - about 1 month ago

Not a scam. Your just too stupid to read and understand the enrollment agreement YOU signed and submitted. Dumb $&@.

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Matt - about 1 month ago

It's 110% real, I have high school & career diploma online, you should admit that you can't afford to pay or class hard for you, either way your a loser & liar, one thing I know for sure that online education is not for everybody!!!

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Miss Ariel - 10 days ago

Hello, I'm a Student Ambassador for Penn Foster. I wanted to clear up that there is a refund/cancellation policy PF has in place. To get a FULL refund, you would have to cancel within five days of enrolling. Potential students—please note to read and review your Student Contract/Enrollment form, Student Handbook, and the Refund Policy on PF's website (http://www.pennfoster.edu/admissions/refund-policy).

I definitely recommend Penn Foster
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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Penn Foster, like every school, has its pros and cons. I was assigned the most fabulous instructor who really stepped in the help me all the time. I'm a student at a different college and transferred almost half of my credits from penn foster. Penn Foster conveniently worked around my schedule, taking courses at night. I totally recommend Penn Foster.

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Daniela - 4 months ago

Is Penn Foster an accredited school? I need my high school diploma

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Courtney - 3 months ago

It specifies that on their websites billions of times. You can't go anywhere without seeing that they are accredited. But if you plan on going to a specific college after you get your diploma from PennFoster I would double check to make sure they take that online highschool. They more than likely should

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Rd - about 15 hours ago

This school is a bunch of crap ive graduated for two years now and i haven't received my certificate, email them no reply, no easy way to contact but when you are enrolling they are just faster than a lightning.. Scammers sucked $800 of my hard earned money hoping to get a valid certified education to level up on my career but was all useless! PF go to h***!

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