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Penn Foster Career School
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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2015
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I feel like this was a bait-and-switch deal. Everything the admissions people told me was wrong-after I paid my money by the way. After spending a LONG time on hold with each phone call I made, each person would tell me somethinig different then the person before. I honestly do not know how they are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. I got a refund and would caution anyone to be VERY, VERY careful with their money and time.

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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am a current student at this school. When I started this school was great, I loved it. They were very fast to get me enrolled and started. Now, I am very displeased. It takes 1-2 weeks for them to grade a project, 1-2 weeks to send you applications to continue with your degree and 1-2 months to send you the coursework. They are prided with letting you go at your own pace. That is not the case. They go at their pace, as it is convenient for them. Only apply for this school if you have months to waste on waiting on them. They take the longest time possible for everything. I am working on my associates degree, which is a 2 year degree. 2 years to them is actually 4-5 years. I am in year 4, going on 5 with them. This school needs to get their stuff together.

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Degree: Computer Programming
Graduation Year: 2012
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This college is just a money racket. I signed up for classes, they took my $300.00 down payment instantly. Then I wanted to cancel a week later because I couldn't afford it at the time, something came up. Well I called them and instead of getting a refund for classes I didn't take, they charged me another $75.00 to cancel my classes on top of the $300 I paid for nothing. Their just a bunch of Capitalist pigs. If I could, I would punch whoever I talked to, in the face. Penn Foster is the worst college I've ever dealt with!! I would never do business with them again and I would ABSOLUTELY not recommend them to anyone. F you PF, Signed: J. B.

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j - 6 days ago

Most colleges work like that in that your initial payment or downpayment is not refundable. I am pretty positive that would be stated along with any other fees for things like canceling

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
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My first semester at Penn Foster went great. My second semester was a going very well until I did my first practicum. I submitted everything. All my pictures, all my reports, and all my signed paperwork. After some time of waiting for my next semester I find out that I need to redo EVERYTHING because all of my materials I sent we lost. I had my postage tracked and has confirmation it was delivered but Penn Foster said it was not received. After all the stress and the headache of quickly trying to redo my entire practicum my teacher still has not graded any other my work to continue on with my studies!! I would not recommend Penn Foster to anyone who is trying to quickly get a degree or to anyone who has a difficult time studying online. The teachers at Penn Foster are VERY incompetent during my experience.

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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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Kathryn - 4 days ago

You were obviously hired by or already work for Penn Foster because absolutely no one else has anything good to say about this school. All I have dealt with is a bunch of money hungry pigs that present us with outdated information. They shuffle you around when you try to contact someone for help and no one does what they say they are going to. I just don't understand how anyone could truthfully think this school is worth any kind of educational value.

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Sara - about 5 hours ago

Your right I work there and it's a scam

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Degree: Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management
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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 - about 1 month ago

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

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Steven - about 1 month 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 - 29 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 - 4 months ago

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

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Courtney - 3 months 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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.

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Kathy - 12 days ago

I've been comparing a number of schools that offer training for medical coding certification and they ALL require that you take those classes. It's called background and foundation. Believe it or not...it is important.

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 - 4 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 - 3 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 - 2 months ago

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

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Misty - 2 months 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 - 2 months 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 - 2 months 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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Jo - 5 days ago

Do your research before enrolling. Look for job ads pertaining to the field you are studying and go from there. There will be pros and cons to every college. Without doing thorough research, you are jumping in blindly. Get all the facts.

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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 - 3 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 - about 1 month 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.

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