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Penn Foster Career School
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Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
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If you plan on using this school make sure you have a perfect life and nothing will happen! If you have to cancel, even though they say it's not a big deal, they will charge you an arm and a leg! I took 1 exam and was charged $450 for having to cancel for reasons you cannot expect to happen! I highly advice not ever using this so called school!

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Tavaita - 14 days ago

My experienced there was HORRIBLE. I passed all my courses in taking CSI and when it reached the finals, they never sent me examination, I almost graduated but I didn't. They took all my money and no refund whatsoever. HORRIBLE SCHOOL... SCAM

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Lida - 4 days ago

Also post customer reviews on the BBB page.

Happy hvac tech
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Degree: HVAC
Graduation Year: 2012
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I am very pleased. I have been working as a hvac tech for over 2 years. During my one year review my manager commented on how impressed he was with my knowledge in hvac. Thanks to penn foster. Great price as well. This is self study, so you also need to be a self motivated person, and stck to your studies. I learned alot about hvac. They also gave me the study guide for the epa certification, and a voucher to cover the cost.

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RUN RUN FAR AND FAST!!!! AVOID!!!!!
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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2015
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After trying to get in contact with this "school" for over a month now I finally get a email back with a phone number that connects me to the most disrespectful people EVER! This place is a joke not only are the credits not creditable but you have to pull teeth to get in contact with someone, to then find out they are miserable and rude!!! HELLO people this is your job to help me better my education if you don't like it time to get a new job. Its like the minute they get you to sign anything and get your money they don't care about you one bit. So just beware..

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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 - about 1 month 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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Jo Anne - 28 days ago

Some people don't realize that a LOT of credits do not transfer from school to school. My Dad took almost 15 years to get his BS degree because he was in the military which required moving frequently and he had to keep re-taking courses because the credit didn't transfer. The only way to be sure credits can't be taken away from you is to get a degree. Once you obtain your Associates Degree, those credits do not have to transfer - you HAVE the degree. Then you work towards your Bachelors. To complain because credits didn't transfer to another school is just plain irresponsible. There is no law saying credits have to transfer for a school to be accredited and its foolish to think they should.

ugggh!
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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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Miss Ariel - 1 day ago

Actually, you only get charged the late payment fee of $15 after ten days of missing your due date.

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Pattie Vandling - about 11 hours ago

Actually, that is not true, and I have a bank statement to prove it.

It was 3am when I made a payment, 3 hours past my due date, and was already charged a 15.00 late fee!!!!

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. - about 1 month 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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Miss Ariel - 1 day ago

Hey Sarah, many people have graduated from the Vet Tech program. If you have Facebook I suggest you join the PF group there and ask the members questions. (-:

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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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Horrible
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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 - about 1 month 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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M.S.A. - about 1 month ago

I would do the same thing jordan.

Practicum
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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 - about 1 month 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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