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Student & Graduate Reviews (126)
Please stay away from this school. No one will accept their credit. Almost impossible to get a hold of anyone. I completed 2 semesters and tried transferring and was charged per semester per transcript. So instead of it being $10 for an official transcript, they charged me $20 because I had 2 semesters completed. I also completed a 3 unit individual course and they said they couldn't find it. I had 3 University request transcripts on my behalf and all 3 have still not heard back from Penn Foster. Its been 3 weeks. That's why I had to call. It took exactly 44 minutes to get official transcripts mailed. And they don't do official emailed transcripts. The school I am transferring to told me to stay away from Penn Foster.
Ok. My experience with this school was excellent. I never had any major problems. I was able to work at my own pace and billing was exactly how I thought it would be. I never had issues with materials being late or anything like that. When you sign up for a program like this you have to be self motivated and you have to pay on time and in full. If you can not do that then don't sign up. My degree is framed and got me a good job. Think about your situation before you sign up here. I would take another course here. I would also recommend this course IF YOU ARE SELF MOTIVATED. LOL.
Initially the program was difficult to get through, however once the program director was replaced with Dr.J. H. it was challenging however user friendly. It is not an easy way out but a good program. You will learn and pass the boards. I recommend it to anyone who can't not afford nor go to a brick and mortar institution.
I was told to contact the student services phone number, however they just hang up on you. I can not transfer to another program despite not being able to do the required externship on the CPhT program. No student services available and I can not even transfer my program. I guess, I will be contacting Phoenix to try there.
I enrolled at Penn Foster and began my program on March 1st, 2016. As of now I am 30% through it and so far, I think it's the best decision I've made concerning my education. I have been wanting to learn medical coding for a long time and I had actually found a free program online through WHO. I spent about a month doing that but I found it hard to stay motivated. I never knew how I was doing because there were no tests or progress checks. There was structure to how it was set up, but for my tastes it wasn't structured enough. I liked that it was at my own pace, but I needed tests and quizzes. I entertained applying to an online college that was "traditional" in the sense that there were due dates, and discussion boards, papers to write, etc. That wasn't what I wanted. I realized that I wanted a program structure without due dates, but that had a shelf-life. I don't want to drag this out. I wanted classes to take and not have to worry about how long it would take me to work on something. If I got a roll and wanted to move forward at a quicker pace I wanted to be able to do that as well. After a lot of research I landed on 2 schools. PF and Ashworth. PF won out because of the way they break down the coding classes at the end of the course. Ashworth just seemed to throw you in after teaching some fundamentals. PF seems to walk me in slowly and not push me into the wolves. The payments are affordable. I haven't needed to contact the school for anything because the community pages have a wealth of information. Answers to 99% of my questions are answered right on my dashboard's home page. When I read reviews of how others had issues with classes or finances I kind of feel bad for them. None of their problems seemed to be PFs fault. They decided to not finish or they didn't like it, or couldn't pay. I also read about several people getting upset because they couldn't contact the school on a daily basis. What? It's not set up that way. They don't hold your hand and if that's what you require, you should probably go to a brick and mortar. Penn Foster is for people that can stay motivated and WORK ON THEIR OWN. I'm no pro, but I keep reminding myself of my plans and that keeps me motivated. I have an average score of 99 so far and I'm not having any problem keeping it up. I only wish it were 100 but not everybody's perfect! ;) You have to do your research on schools before you sign on the dotted line or click submit. Before you even do that you must search within yourself and know what you really want. School is just a tool to help you get to where you want to be. It won't magically put what you want in your life. You must work for it, but enjoy it along the way. PF has been around for a LONG time and not because they cheat people out of their money and deliver nothing in return. You get out of it what you put into it. Real talk. Once I finish my program I plan to take my certification test as a Christmas present to myself and hopefully, I'll have a new job for New Year's! That's just the tip of the iceberg as far as my plans go. Wish me luck and I'll wish you all the luck in the world!!
I would not recommend this college. There is little to no communication between the financial aid, admin or instructors. I tired to get a list of payments I had made never got it the entire time I was going to school with them. After you have been enrolled and set up pay it is like to ignore you all together. I would have to talk to them sometimes daily to get updates on what classes I was enrolled in or when or what i was supposed to pay. After I would pay I would ask if I could get a statement I wouldn't get an responses. Then I had to pay for some more schooling but I needed to pay the previous but couldn't pay all the amount so I was paying monthly was told that as long as I paid I wouldn't be sent to collections, but....... that didn't happen, I was sent and the amount that I was supposed to pay was incorrect from what I had paid and what was the balance. That didn't seem to matter. Communication with the school is almost non-existent.
My daughter is almost done with medical billing and coding. The program has been great. She did not finish it and they gave a an extension for 6 months. Plus, every time time she has written a paper, they have it graded within 48 hours. The rest of the exams are multiple choice and you get you exam graded immediately. I am very pleased as a parent with this online program.
I earned my A.A.S. degree in criminal justice thru my local community college in 2004. Penn Foster College is an excellent College! I am set to graduate in Dec. 2016 with B.S. in criminal justice, so far I have maintained a 3.7 GPA while working full-time.
Straight up, ANY education is good when a Veteran, person off the street, or single mom struggling with kids, can improve their quality of life. This program, though NOT a panacea compared to big name schools, in classroom technical schools and such, Does give you tools RECOGNIZED by the following employers for whom I did transfer coursework work or participate in serious interviews, receive legitimate promotions and PAY for completing the even some of the studies; U S Government, U S Military, State of Indiana, State of Virginia, State of North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maryland, University of Ohio, Unv of Indiana, University of Maryland, University of Maryland/Univ College, Forsyth Technical College, and numerous large and small business. I am currently working for Herbalife and yes my course work was considered at least, I am also referred for yet another position in the Federal Government, with my coursework being KEY in getting the nod! Good Luck to anyone who USES WHAT YOU LEARNED, not just what you heard!
Very good school and a very good program. However the internship requirement was makes me want to change schools and degrees......................................................................................................................................