Penn Foster Career School Reviews

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

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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 - about 13 hours 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 - 16 days ago

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

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Ashley - 8 days 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 - 3 days 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.

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 - 3 days 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 - about 24 hours 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

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 - about 1 month 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 - 3 days 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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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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