Penn Foster Career School Reviews

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Penn Foster Career School
55 Reviews
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Avg. time to find work: Employed prior to enrollment
% career related to degree: 33%
Average reviewer salary: $38,333

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 $40,000 % Degree Helped Career ---

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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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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 - 1 day 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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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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Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014
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I wrote a paper and the instructors accused of copying my paper from a website. They didn't contact me before. I didn't copy the paper. It was my paper that I had uploaded to the Site. I contacted Penn Foster but I received no response from anyone. They just changed my grade from 88 to 1. I will never recommend Penn Foster or ever take a course from them ever again. I have started looking into other schools.

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Degree: Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist
Graduation Year: 2014
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Even though Penn Foster is cheaper then other school their services are horrible. I graduated in January 2014 it is now March 2014 and I still have not received my needed materials but when it came to taking my money they had no problems. The workers keep giving you the run around putting you on hold for hours. I requested my materials 3 times and they found no record of it saying we will send it allow more time and here I am almost 3 months later still waiting for my stuff so I can work.

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Worked great for my situation
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Degree: Vocational Programs
Graduation Year: 2009
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I am very pleased with the education I recieved from Penn Foster. I had dropped out of high school and was worried that I would not be able to obtain a decent job, so I looked at my options. Getting a GED was okay, but my sister, who was working in human resources at the time, told me that when they get an application with a GED on it they toss it, so I decided to look at distance education. Penn Foster was the way to go. They did not accept transfers of credit from my old high school but I called my old school and asked them if they would accept transfers from PF and they said yes, so I did the last two credits that i needed with Penn Foster and sent the transcripts to my school and I got my diploma :)

The classes were super easy. I completed the entire civics course in 4 days, with the online material (I got the printed material a few days after I completed the course) and the English course required that I read about 7 books and take a test on them, I took my time with that one because I was in no hurry, but when they sent me a letter saying that the time I had to complete the course was almost up I got on the ball and finished it within a couple of weeks.

The communication was great, They don't hassle you at all, but they do let you know important things (i.e. running out of time) Overall, I would definately recommend Penn Foster to anyone and hope that they have as wonderful an experience as I had. I will definately be using Penn Foster again in the future.

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
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Hey! I started with Penn Foster a few months ago. I really like it. Penn Foster provides great course outlines and study guides as well as text books. On the other hand, the instructors are horrible at communicating. I will call them seeking guidance, they say they will call me back right after they get off the phone with someone else and it never happens. The instructors do not follow through on their part. They do not get the job done. That is very critical with education- having great communication with instructors and teachers.

I am disappointed in Penn Foster. I am also disappointed in some of the people who make bad comments about other students' reviews. Saying things like, "Everyone who comes on here to complain has poor writing skills!"

People use this site to complain when they have bad experiences or when they believe that their concerns have gone unnoticed. When the school fails to do its job, student will feel like they have been screwed over. Some times we do not ALL have these bad experiences. Every person experiences different situations.When a person is very upset, it is way easier for them to make stupid mistakes in their writing and speaking. So, people who make rude comments about other reviews are just showing their own ignorance as well. This is so much fun for me, seriously.

I am so bored right now and honestly have nothing better to do at the moment. I do really like Penn Foster, but the school really has its problems! Then again, it's not a perfect school. There will always be problems everywhere you go.

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