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Penn Foster College
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Penn Foster College's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Veterinary Technician Average Rating
Percent Employed 75% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 75%
Law Enforcement Average Rating
Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 50%
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Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 100%

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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
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I currently attend the Veterinary Tech program, at first I was really unsure about it. But as I'm going onto my second year, I love it. People need to understand that yes they are slow at responding but, there are thousands of other students seeking help, and they provide first come, first serve" I currently work at a Kennel, and the knowledge I have gained from this program is so worth the slowness of the staff responding. And that is why they have the community, for you to seek help from others if they cannot assist you. The information is not out of date, the only thing that is, is the pictures on the study guides and what not... The textbooks that they provide you online or through the mail is up to date. I really recommend this school.

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Police Science
Graduation Year: 2013
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For anyone considering Penn Foster please do your due diligence before you pursue an education with any college, for profit or non profit. Some states will not accept nationally accredited degrees for law enforcement positions (i.e. Texas) however there are many that do. I am somewhat of an older student and have no desire to pursue an LE job but want to get into security management. PF offers the AS degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in security studies. This was right up my alley and that's why I chose PFC. I also know that my options would be somewhat limited with an associates and that's why I've re-enrolled for my bachelors in CJ with Penn Foster. So needless to say I was satisfied with the program. Everything was up to date and whenever I had a problem or a question I could call or e-mail and get my problem resolved or question answered in a very timely manner. Most of the complaints you'll read on this forum are from those that are either poor distance learners or underestimated the amount of work of online study or both. Distance learning is not for everybody. You must know that you'll be able to push through with the program--mentally, physically and financially. That said, I had a good experience with Penn Foster and continue to in my bachelors program.

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Best decision I ever made
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Graduation Year: 2013
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I am very pleased with the education I recieved from Secret GED Loophole. I had dropped out of high school due to my dad passing away and had to find work to help out with bills around the house 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. Secret Ged loophole was the way to go. They had programs that would accept transfers of credit from my old high school, so I called my old school and asked them if they would accept transfers from the recommended schools through SecretGedloophole.com and they said yes, so I did the last two credits that 1 needed with and sent the transcripts to my school through secretgedloophole.com and I got my diploma :) The were no classes but the courses were super easy and manageable. I completed the entire Five subjects and essay in 4 days, entirely online from home. I passed my courses and now I am a full-time college student! :) The communication was great, They don't hassle you at all, but they do let you know important things (i.e. discounts, study tips to passing exams) Overall, I would definately recommend Secretgedloophole.com to anyone and hope that they have as wonderful an experience as I had. I will definately recommend secretgedloophole.com again to anyone.

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jeffrey wooten - 3 months ago

where are you from are you from a state that required a hs graduation test to graduate

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Pam - 2 months ago

I am from Ohio and the college I wanted to attend requires a high school diploma or equivalent. I got my equivalent instead of diploma through "Secretgedloophole" because it requires less time and can basically be used just the same as a diploma. I was able to finish it it in 4 days.

I was able to get financial aid which I needed the most. I am now on the right path to becoming a nurse that I always dreamed about and can put the GED testing behind me as it was blocking my dreams.

DO NOT SIGN UP FOR CLASSES WITH THIS SCHOOL...C...
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Degree: Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
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I enrolled with Penn Foster a couple of weeks ago and got my whole caurse uploaded into my student account. I looked at the introduction page and took the little test at the end on the introduction page. That is literally all that I had time for. starting a new job and having a baby on the way I just dont have time to sit down and take this coarse. SO I contacted Penn Foster about this. talked to them about canceling my program since I havent even seen any of the material on the coarse and they want to try and charge me over two hundred dollars to cancel my account. for looking at the introduction page an doing doing the little test at the end. I find this absolutely rediculous. and I give this school two thumbs down. i mean what a rip off. I treid to negotiate a little with the girl on the phone and they are just trying to stick it to me. like what a horrible school and what a horrible way to handle people. I have not even looked at the coarse material and they are trying to chrage me over 200 bucks to cancel my enrollment. I refuse to pay this and these people arent even willing to work with me on it. bottom line I'm not gonna pay for something i have not and will not use. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR CLASSES WITH THIS SCHOOL, IT IS A COMPLETE JOKE AND A RIP OFF.

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Mike Smith - 2 months ago

I can't understand why you see so angry with the school. Be angry with yourself. Take some responsibility for poor planning and lack of initiative on your part. You give the school a poor rating because they want to charge you for curriculum you asked for? Grow up and re apply once you're ready to get serious. You're the joke!

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Joshua michaelson - 2 months ago

This school is definately the joke and yea definately a rip off I give the school poor reviews because it deserves the poor review. To charge somebody almost 300 dollars to cancel a coarse they never even started is a complete rip off. I could see if I had gotten half way through with the coarse but not I literally read the syllabus page and that was it..... Completely unjust and this mike guy is the joke along with the whole school what a complete rip off. I would never recommend this school to anyone. Just read the bad reviews it already has all over the internet and then tell me I'm the joke....... If I am the joke than why am I not the only one calling this school a rip off and a waste of time and money. Penn foster should be shut down an not able to rip people off like this anymore. I seriously want to take them to court over this and am going to contact my attorney about the situation.

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Jonny Appleseed - 2 months ago

What? Again, you are cancelling a course (a.k.a coarse) and blaming the school. Irrelevant to the college as it's legitimacy of finding me better employment afterwards. I'm working two jobs and it seems to be easy enough for me. It's even @ your own pace 2 year degree. They are handing it to you practically if you reach out to get what you wanted to begin with.

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Stacy Sims - about 1 month ago

I have been to Penn Foster website and they have tons of information to help anyone make a choice about enrolling in this school and all the courses. You made that decision and then changed your mind. You say you don't have time? Well, why didn't you think of that before enrolling in the program you chose? You are to blame, grow up take responsibility for your actions.

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FJ - about 1 month ago

I fully agree with Jonny Appleseed & Stacy Sims. Currently I am making the efforts to determine what distance school will be best for me. Bad reviews for Penn Foster are easy to come by and, just like Joshua's, they are difficult to take seriously due to poor spelling (it's "course", "ridiculous", "tried", "charge", "definitely" - to name a few), atrocious grammar (apostrophes and commas are very helpful to the reader, dear), and/or self-centered perspectives.

If you happen to be reading, Joshua dear, I hope you understand that two or three hundred dollars out of your pocket is nothing compared to the amount you could have lost if you had tried attending a traditional or community college. The best life lesson you will ever learn (pay attention now, dear) is that life is not fair.

Oh, and Joshua, I hope you understand how much more money you will lose if you try taking this institution to court. I cannot say for certain, but I imagine, that there is some sort of disclaimer stating that taking the first quiz is just cause for the school to charge you the amount of money they are requesting. Undoubtedly an attorney would cost far more than the measly amount you are currently responsible for.

I recommend you familiarize yourself with the habit of reading the fine print, Joshua.

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ashley - about 1 month ago

Seriously, your mad because they want to charge you a cancelation fee? That's ridiculous, every company has a cancelation fee, try signing up for Yale or Harvard and then deciding you don't have time for it, you will end up paying for the whole semester. or even just something as simple as a cell phone bill, 230$ to cancel a phone line even if you used the phone or not. you made the decision to enroll and then back out, deal with the consequences. If you are going to give a bad review, make sure that its something that actually makes sense.

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Jerri - 21 days ago

I agree with Mike, be angry with yourself. PF makes sure you fully understand what is expected of you as a student. You should not have signed up if YOU were not able to commit. Besides they give you 2 years to pay, and complete the course, so you shouldn't have had any reason not to get it done. I worked full time, raised 6 kids, and did my schooling at night while my kids slept, or weekends while they were outside playing. IT CAN BE DONE. Just wasn't your time.

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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
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I enrolled in this school because I thought finding practicum sites would be okay. When I finished all four semesters and had to do practicum 2, which entailed large annals, I was unable to obtain a site. I looked all over different states and whenever I said I was going to Penn Foster they refused to help me. The school had a bad rep. Unless you have a relationship already with a large animal clinic you are better off choosing a distance learning school who had an on site facility to do these skills or you will be very disappointed in the end. Many students have had this problem and the school will say otherwise. The courses are good but you are left on your own in the end and the school does not care. They already got your money

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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
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I was skeptical, like everyone else, about Penn Foster at first. I was worried about whether or not it was a college that could be taken seriously to receive a degree from. I have researched it many time and found that it a good, accredited school. I love the curriculum. I love the course work that I am given. Everything is at your own pace which was what mainly won me over. I went to a traditional technical school for one semester and dropped out because maintaining a 40+ hour work schedule with due dates for assignments and classes were too much. I am pleased that I can do this work at my own pace, on my time. All my assignments have been graded within a couple days. The material that they mail to you comes quick in the mail, but it's not even needed because they put the material online for you too, and I just mainly use that. The instructors are helpful with questions, and they have even helped me out when I didn't understand one of the assignments. Very pleased with the school. I am currently enrolled for associate in Vet Tech. I wish they had a bachelor program for it, but at least I do hope to enroll for their bachelor program for Business Management. I hope that it all pays off in the long run.

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Awesome online legal education!
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Degree: Legal Studies, General
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I have been employed as a paralegal for more than ten years; however, I have never finished by college education. Two years ago, I decided to enroll in the Penn Foster College program. I have been completely satisfied with this experience. I have found that the materials are excellent and, if a student is dedicated in his/her studies, this program will prepare you for an entry level paralegal position. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who would like to enter the legal field . . . an area where there is almost always well compensated employment available.

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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
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This school is a joke. They move like slugs. They have CVT employees grading English papers, who have no idea what they are doing and each exam so far and I am through semester 2 I have had to have them correct but it was graded wrong. Very sad when you have to go back and correct your own tests because the instructors got it wrong. My English composition papers are still waiting to get graded after being submitted over three weeks ago. Doc Jim hides and doesn't deal with any of the conflict. I have reached out and emailed and called them 32 times to get past just this English Comp class....really scared to see how poorly they handle the next two semesters. Also....none of their credits transfer to other colleges....just beware!

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Michelle - about 1 month ago

I had to transfer to a vet tech program that was more regimented than Penn Foster and my credits transferred to San Juan College with no problems. If anyone is looking to switch to a different school, I would highly recommend SJC. The instructors are friendly and the department heads really care about your success as a student.

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I loved the HS diploma course since I had to leave public school due to 3 knee surgeries I. One year at the age of 16. I had done slme traditional homeschooling but it wasn't working for me. I then started the Hospitality Mang. course no longer offered :-( and loved it as well. I do plan on using them again in my future. Ok I have read some of these reviews & I just shake my head cause some of this stuff peolle are saying isn't tight. There are things said that PF doesn't tell you, no every compliant I read is info that is provided if you read your agreement and assignment schedule info.

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I just think everyone should know that Penn Foster is a joke! They lie about there programs and if you Received VA benefits they will lie and tell you that the classes you are taking will be covered by VA support. G Hhh BbI I was told if I would like to cancel I could and no charge during to all the

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