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High school Diploma & Computer Support Technic...
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2010
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I completed the High school Diploma & Computer Support Technician Career Diploma and then I'm working with CompTIA A+ Certification right now, Penn Foster's programs and find them to be very informative and up to date. Penn Foster's Student Services is easy to contact and they will work with you to address any problems you may be having with the program, I decided to do some research on schools and found Penn Foster. It has everything I was looking for. Flexible schedule perfect for me, The books are super easy to understand too. I love it! A great experience overall!

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This school is a complete scam. I regret the time I enrolled in this school. Even if I tried to cancel the program that I was enrolled still they charged me the full amount after completing only three lessons out of sixteen. So if you are thinking of enrolling to this sschool better think twice or you’ll regret it.

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Julie - 16 days ago

Why was it a scam? Can you please give details?

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Steven - 11 days ago

Not a scam. Your just too stupid to read and understand the enrollment agreement YOU signed and submitted. Dumb $&@.

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Matt - 5 days ago

It's 110% real, I have high school & career diploma online, you should admit that you can't afford to pay or class hard for you, either way your a loser & liar, one thing I know for sure that online education is not for everybody!!!

I definitely recommend Penn Foster
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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Penn Foster, like every school, has its pros and cons. I was assigned the most fabulous instructor who really stepped in the help me all the time. I'm a student at a different college and transferred almost half of my credits from penn foster. Penn Foster conveniently worked around my schedule, taking courses at night. I totally recommend Penn Foster.

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Daniela - 3 months ago

Is Penn Foster an accredited school? I need my high school diploma

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Courtney - about 1 month ago

It specifies that on their websites billions of times. You can't go anywhere without seeing that they are accredited. But if you plan on going to a specific college after you get your diploma from PennFoster I would double check to make sure they take that online highschool. They more than likely should

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Degree: Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Graduation Year: 1111
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I am doing billing for OBGYN doctor for more then a year, but I need the certificate, that's why I enrolled in billing and coding classes online.The total program has 51 lessons, almost half of it is not about billing and coding! Its a lot of unnecessary material, which is good for managers, or somebody else only not for billing and coding. I didn' even get to coding classes yet, and i passed already 25 classes. It was about laws and ethics, maths, basic pharmacology, words and excell, stupid projects, english writing, punctuation and a lot more bull. I'm not saying that its not good to know, but you sign up to get classes for medical billing and coding!!! The only usefull lessons were body systems and terminology , which actually you'll have to know when you get to do billing. In general the program could be much shorter and not give you all this unnecessary study material. You'll waste a lot of time before getting to what you need to know, so if you find another school with a program which doesn't have all this extra material which you dont need, go with that one, dont go with penn foster

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Rachel - 23 days ago

It really does not matter which school you attend, you are going to have to take pre-requisite classes. Which are those "unnecessary" materials you are talking about. They are actually very necessary and when a person is given a degree, you need to have all of those courses completed. Same goes with any course, any college.

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Steven - 11 days ago

If you bothered to stop playing on your phone and read the course outline you would have known what you were getting into ahead of time.

Can Not get Colleges to accept Penn Foster High...
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Graduation Year: 2007
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I got my Penn Foster High School Diploma 7 years ago and now trying to go to college but no colleges are accepting Penn Foster! Don't waste your time and money trying to get a diploma! They are not accredited anywhere!

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mr concern - 3 months ago

When talking with representative from Pennfoster i found them to be rude and very aggressive towards non student members..i pay for a friend to attend there and needed some information with billing..they were so rude and really didn't want to talk to me at all..i ask to speak with a supervisor but was quickly shut don't by rep. Who i just told that i need her supervisor .students please beware of this school..they will never return your money back. I feel like we were taking for a ride .

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Cindy - 2 months ago

My daughter graduated from Penn Foster HS and then went to Ivy Tech Community College where she graduated with honors. I don't know what schools you have applied to, but some do accept Penn Foster diplomas

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Sabrina - about 1 month ago

I graduated from college twice with my penn foster HS Diploma.

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Misty - about 1 month ago

I received a high school diploma through Penn Foster an I have also just completed my undergrad going on to a very prestige law school. I would double check the information the school is telling you.

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Shalisa - about 1 month ago

Hi ,

I am a current student of penn foster! However reading these comments raised a red flag for me! I signing got HSD, I took the initiative to call all my local colleges and made sure that a pen foster diploma was allowed before I pursued it! I was okay'd by many local colleges! I also saved all the responses on record to have when I do attend and would be given any wrath! So I investigated that pen foster is the only online school that is accredited regional and nationally from what I was told! As i am not a gullible person I called around to get the answers myself and felt satisfied and safe enough to go through penn foster!

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Liam - about 1 month ago

The are regionally accredited by Middle States, the same as most regular high schools. Regional Accreditation is the highest that you can get, and if the college takes money from the government, they CAN'T refuse the diploma!

For "mr. concern", if you do not have a release in their files from the student that allows you to talk to them, it is against both state and federal law for them to talk to you, whether or not you are the person that paid for the school. That means that somebody can't call and get my personal information or pull a scam on me. It is the same as in a regular school, you have to be on the list or they can't even buzz you in.

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Mrs CE - about 1 month ago

I know that many colleges do accept Penn Foster's High School Diploma! Please do your research before you speak out against this program. There are also many colleges that allow transfer from Penn Foster's courses. I really love Penn Foster!

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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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Justin - 2 months ago

They did the same thing to me then when I was trying to do my new course they closed me out. Said i had to pay like 400 dollars for a program that I never even took. I explained to them I never took this program and they said i did then I refused to pay for that program. I asked them what since it made for me to enroll in a diploma program that I already had a associates degree in??? They said that it matched my SS# and I had to pay or they would send it to collections. NOT PAYING and they can place that if they want. Horrible school go else where for your own benefit.

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hd - 30 days ago

If you would have read everything before signing up you would have known that it actually informs you of this. I recommend that next time you decide to enter into an agreement, you read what you are entering into so this won't happen.

*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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Bobby - 16 days ago

Sorry to hear that you didnt get hands on training with a dog trainer....

How was the materials? Did you learn anything?

Did you get your cert at the end?

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 - 4 months 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 - 4 months ago

Jefferey,

How long is the AutoCAD program??

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Sheri - 3 months ago

I got my Penn Foster High School Diploma 7 years ago and now trying to go to college but no colleges are accepting Penn Foster! Don't waste your time and money trying to get a diploma! They are not accredited anywhere!

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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Sheri - 3 months ago

I got my Penn Foster High School Diploma 7 years ago and now trying to go to college but no colleges are accepting Penn Foster! Don't waste your time and money trying to get a diploma! They are not accredited anywhere!

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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 - 4 months ago

How much did a high school diploma cost?

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Crystal - about 1 month ago

I am looking into getting my MA as well and I was curious as to what you mean by you can't transfer your credits? You have transfer credits but have to pay off the first semester first or just your first class?

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