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Penn Foster Career School
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Average reviewer salary: $49,000

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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 - 12 days ago

Is penn foster an accredited school? I need my high school diploma

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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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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 - 19 days 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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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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month ago

Jefferey,

How long is the AutoCAD program??

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Sheri - 27 days 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 - 27 days 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 - about 1 month 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 - 3 months 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 - 2 months ago

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

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Ashley - 2 months 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 - 2 months 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 - about 1 month 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.

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Matt - 19 days ago

Have you finished paying for this?

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steve - 18 days ago

Listen if everyone understood everything they read then there would be alot more genius out there..but the understandable part come in to play when your speaking to a representative and your being miss lead..students beware.

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Matt - 17 days ago

Hello.....???? Have u been able to care for this and get your degree? I am interested to know. My mother was a single mom and raising me and my 2 sisters went back to school.

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 - 2 months 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 1 month 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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