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Penn Foster Career School
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Average reviewer salary: $37,143

Penn Foster Career School's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Automotive Technology Average Rating
Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $10,000 % Degree Helped Career 50%
Veterinary Technician Average Rating
Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 100%
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Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $30,000 % Degree Helped Career ---

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worst investment next to a brand new car!!!
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Degree: Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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The school is a scam. There is no admittance process. They allow anyone in as long as you pay. The professors all seem like automated responses saying look in the study material. When you loose interest and try to cancel you school GOOD LUCK GETTING ANY MONEY BACK!!!!

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Penn Foster- Offers Quality Online Education
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Degree: Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I enrolled with Penn Foster online . Penn Foster offers quality education for unbelievably low tuition, with one of the the best payment plan I know of, . I studied my other career program in a different field with a UK college before, and I really like the way Penn Foster s lessons always refer to a summary of basics in each module to build up the climax of the module, a very important aspect to below average students . The material taught is current and prepares one for employment. Penn Foster sent me as part of lesson material, practical components to build up lesson circuits and the measuring instruments and kits that I kept . I would highly recommend Penn Foster to anyone.

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Penn foster a Great school!!!!!!!!
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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2017
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I just enrolled in the Penn foster program and so far so good.I enjoy getting my education on my own time.I have been seeing alot of negative talk about this school but 9 times out of 10 most people will write a bad review just because of a slight misunderstanding they had with a Instructor...etc. Me personally I just want to get me education and further my career in what I love to do in the Healthcare field .and I feel by me being enrolled with penn foster onlince classes will most definently help me.every time I call with a question or in need of help with a subject I have always received Great services.I would most def recommend penn foster to anyone that really wants to educate them self.

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Very Disappointing...
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Degree: Veterinary Medicine
Graduation Year: 2014
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I enrolled in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program. I was given about a five minute tutotial on how to use the site, how to do my classwork, etc. over the phone and then left for dead. Webinars? I didn't even know those were part of the course until I was e-mailed to let me know I was severely behind on them. Not once in nine months did I have a silibus to explain the course and what's expected; an e-mail or mailing to let me know how the course worked; any interaction with an instructor... unless you count the webinars I finally figured out how to use. I don't. Most webinars are continuously cancelled, especially the required ones. The material is out of date. The website is a joke. Yes, let's make a social media site instead of an operational education site. MOST universities will not accept transfer credits from Penn Foster, and Penn Foster accepts very few transfer credits from other universities. The worst part for me though was Penn Foster's Student Care Department. If you call as a prospective student you get to speak someone right away. If you call as a current student you wait roughly 15-30 minutes on hold before speaking to someone who tells you they can't answer your question but they will have thier supervisor call you back at their convenience. Even if you offer to hold for a supervisor, they're ALWAYS in a meeting. If you go online and try to chat through thier Student Care chat the representative just spams the hours to call Student Care... who tells you they can't help you but they'll have someone call you back... who never does. It was infuriating. And all I wanted to do was change degrees. If you're considering going to school online look into your local community colleges, technical school, or universities. You might pay a little more but trust me it's worth it! I would only use Penn Foster again as a last resort. Maybe if all the schools in the world closed except for Penn Foster... but only then.

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Degree: Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Graduation Year: 2014
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I am us army 9 year veteran and as such this piss poor Penn foster school is a waste of time they where instructed by the veteran affairs to pay back the over pavement that was payed to them for my education back in may they have not done so and in return are charging me out of pocket expensenses that I will not put out due to there lack of work they put in. I'm stuck for over three weeks now waiting on material to get to my house so I can continue on. The snail mail is whack and crap and I do warn all veterans not to go through the same thing I am going through with this school. And also the student body so called loves to tell you that your bill is played off but we still can't send you your stuff until your balance is played in full when I and the veterans affairs has receipt of that its played off. There ripping off people and vets like Obama rips us off of healthcare.

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Degree: Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Graduation Year: 2014
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I would not recommend this school to anyone they are con artists and liars they state in their cancellation policy that if you do less than 50% of the program and cancel within a month all you have to pay is the registration fee .(lies) they are charging me $330 with is half the tuition. I would advise people not to attend this school.

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PF continues to wrongly add on penalty fees
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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Penn Foster will randomly add on charges to your balance and there is nothing you can about it. Because if you decide to withdraw from the school, you will still have to pay and your balance will go to collections and be reported. I left Penn Foster for mistreatment from the Math department, they were very unprofessional and rude. I came back 9 months later after being promised they had a new tutoring system online. I was told my previous balance would be combined with my new balance and I could pay it off with extended payments. Not True!! The amounts were never combined. Penn Foster added on extra fees for the previous balance and I found out later that if I had paid the collection company, I would have saved $350. Penn Foster charged the full amount and the fees they paid the Collection company and added on 'other fees'. I came back to better my life and was willing to take responsibility for my debt, in doing so, Penn Foster continues to increase my old debt and refuses to work with me. I regret coming back to Penn Foster and if you can afford to go anywhere else, I would. You get what you pay for. Penn Foster is a cheap school, in more ways than one.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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Three years ago, I received my certificate for pet grooming. When it was time to get my business management degree, Penn Foster was my first choice. I am still working on the associates degree, but I love being able to learn on line and not actually have to attend classes. The courses are very easy and self explanatory and keep me challenged as I advance. I feel that the opportunities that will open up in my future are huge! Thanks Penn Foster

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Brandon Lucero - about 1 month ago

Simply the worst decision you'll ever make. I entered the appliance repair course it was so much useless information on the subject. But worst than all NEVER sign up for autobill they withdrew money from my account without in forming me and led me to overdraft. The good comments have to be from people they hire to leav3 good reviews.

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Degree: Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller
Graduation Year: 2014
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I enrolled at Penn Foster in November 2013, and love it. Signing up was easy and very helpful. The website is very easy to get around.We are currently enrolling our daughter in a community college in our town and the sign up on there website is not clear and the staff at the school are not very helpful. It makes me appreciate how nice of a school Penn Foster is. I have been in the medical field and work for a well known company in my town for 14 years, and with my program have learned so much. The program is helping me do things more accurately and also has shown me in areas I could improve with my professionalism. After I finish my program I had plans to in enroll in our community college here, but after the problems I have had with my daughter's sign and my good experience I have had with Penn Foster. I will enroll in the degree program with Penn Foster with no question.

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Amanda - 27 days ago

I was wondering what program you are taking with Penn Foster? I'm interested in the Medical Assistant Degree and I see you are in the medical field. Your response would be much appreciated!

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Cynthia - 26 days ago

I am taking the medical billing program. I do medical records and coding. With icd10 rolling out I wanted to be prepared. The course is teaching me so much even though I have been doing it for 14 years. It does take a lot of discipline though.

Not receiving books and classroom materials
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Graduation Year: 2015
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I thought Pennfoster would be the perfect school for me. So far it has been ok. I feel they don't care about their students. I have not received books for any courses in about 8 months. I am a single mom of two kids working hard to make a better life for my kids and I. It would be helpful if they actually would help me complete the program . I struggle to make the payments while taking care of a disabled child and a toddler by myself. They have made it harder for me to complete the courses due to not having any materials to study.

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TIANA - 24 days ago

Hey I had that problem as well, but there if you go into your student portal and go where it has your schedule for when they send off your books and materials, there should be a form that you can fill out and fax so they can send all your books at one time. That's what I did so I wouldn't have to wait. Hope this helps

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