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Penn Foster Career School
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Degree: Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Graduation Year: 1981
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This is the worst school platform I've ever been involved with. I started the class only read the first chapter then decided that it wasn't for me, So I called in to change my class I was tole that I needed to pay fro the first course plus a cancellation fee, then I could change classes. Only 1 chapter was touched. People change their minds all the time. this is and was ridiculous.

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*STAY AWAY--BROKEN PROMISES*
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Graduation Year: 2014
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Don't waste your money on their "education." They tell you one thing, and you get another!! For example, they told me before I signed up that I would get hands-on training with a dog trainer in my area, yet after I signed up (soon after) and asked for that, they said it was discontinued. Then they changed it from getting mailed books to digital books without giving me the option to continue with hardback books. Lastly, they said they would send a graduation gift when I sent a reply mail in, but they didn't even do that! They said they no longer had that book and could not replace it with something else. Stay away!

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Lessons from the 90s.
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Degree: Criminology
Graduation Year: 2014
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The lessons were all from the early 90s. Old block macs, polaroids, floppy discs. I just requested my money back and threatened with lawyer. Never was I told this data would be from the 90s. I finished most of the program but I found it hard towards the end to keep going knowing its all so dated and these peopke scammed me out of $800.

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Jeffrey A. McMillan - 20 days ago

I hate this school. They took my money up front, I went half way through the course and could not get the software I needed for Autodesk AutoCad so the teacher blamed it on my pervasive development disorder and Autodesk made sure I could not get the software, and then they cancelled me out of the entire program even though I had 20 months left I could have finished it with. They have my money and I am working for Krispy Kreme donuts instead of as a Draftsman some where. Evil scamming bastards.

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Everton Drakes - 18 days ago

Jefferey,

How long is the AutoCAD program??

Penn Foster has been great
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Degree: Medical/Clinical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2014
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Penn Foster has been a great experience for me. I never had any problems. I think it's a great school. I do recommend that you try it for a month and if you don't like it you can cancel.

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Degree: Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Graduation Year: 2014
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I am currently enrolled in Medical Billing and Coding and I have to say it was easy till I got to the coding part. It isnt easy which is nice cause things shouldnt just be handed to you. I also went to penn foster for my high school diploma and never had a problem with them. The only thing I hate is how I cant transfer my credits over till my current course is paid for. I am trying to transfer my credits over to their MA program but cant. Minus that the school is great. I love that its all at my own pace. I am a mother of two and I cant always make it to a class but I can sit down at bedtime and do some work and the payments I can work with.

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jae - 30 days ago

How much did a high school diploma cost?

CERTIFICATE HELD HOSTAGE!!
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Degree: Dental Assisting/Assistant
Graduation Year: 2010
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I completed the program and made my monthly payments. I never received my certificate and was later told that I could not have it until I paid in full. I am a single mom and fight to stay ahead and this career was supposed to help me achieve that. THEY ARE RIDICULOUS!!!

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jazzlin - about 1 month ago

Well that's kinda understandable because you cant take a car off the car lot until you make a down payment. and you cant hold a title to a car until you pay it off.but I see where your coming from.

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ana linares - about 1 month ago

WELL THEY HAVE ALL THE RIGHT TO KEEP YOUR CERTIFICATE .....PAY YOUR DEBT......

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Ashley - about 1 month ago

My guess is you didn't read the fine print on their website before enrolling. They tell you right off the bat that you don't receive your degree/ diploma until your paid off and have finished all your exams. I would know.

I was unable to graduate from my traditional high school in 2010 because of the fact that I owed way too much in tuition. So, Penn Foster is not the only school to apply this rule. It's like this EVERY WHERE YOU GO. [Except if you're attending a public high school.] You HAVE to me crazy if you completed that program thinking you were going to graduate that in that program for free.

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tia - about 1 month ago

It is frustrating, I understand how you could get confused if not fully understanding the fine print. In most cases you get a student loan and do not have to pay at all until after your completely done with school. You could get federal grants even if you sign into a regular school. It would be good to talk to a career advisor before you head in any direction.

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Michael - 16 days ago

I give you credit for trying to better you life but you should have learned by now nothing is free, pay what you owe and you will receive what you have worked for that's the problem with this country everybody wants something for nothing. you knew the rules before signing up for the program.

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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Tia - about 1 month ago

I'm pretty sure if it was a scam school, the military GI bill would not pay for people to go there. idk, just a thought... also I don't think they should give you $$ back because you lost interest in your studies.

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Eric - 30 days ago

Look around and see if any real schools will transfer credits from penn foster, the GI bill recognized them as a school but other schools don't see it that way. The over all experience with CUSTOMER service is very poor. I say customer because you are not a student, students apply and have an admission process to weed out people not qualified or able. When you buy something you are a customer and Penn Foster a factory that prints them. I also mentioned WHEN you loose interest because they have a terrible graduate rating, this is something all new students should be aware of.

Whatever the reason, yes you should your money back when you are dissatisfied or you pay up front for services never rendered. The school is a joke and so is there staff

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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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jjones - 2 months ago

I work a lot and I was considering something useful to learn on the side. I decided to look at the school reviews and noticed that all of the 5 star rating were written by the same two people. Now that you guys have given me an in-depth analysis, I probably wont be wasting my money here. Thanks.

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tia - about 1 month ago

I am in the vet tech program right now. In the my courses portion is where the syllabus is located, you just click on it. There are very in depth instructions in the videos, and in your community messages, using the community is important to get all the info, that is why it is graded as class participation. I found the info very available, and if I need answers it has been quick to get them, along with helpful hints. Email usually works best, as it is an online school.

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