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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
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They managed to delay my progress every step of the way. They do not communicate changes to accounts with students. My paperwork was lost after I had sent it in a month prior and it was not until I contacted them that they looked for it and located it. Took me a year to get through 2 semesters because of all the delays. Very unhappy with how they handle student issues and keep track of their students materials.

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016
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I just completed the second semester of the Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. I completed a certificate program with them a while back, so I decided to stick with Penn Foster. It is definitely a great school for people who juggle work, kids etc. The exams, and discussion boards correspond well with the textbooks and study guides. If your looking to transfer and lot of the courses are ACE reviewed so it helps, but do research with the school you want to transfer to first. Many regionally accredited schools will not accept transfer credits from nationally accredited schools like Penn Foster, Ashworth etc. They do not have graduations so if that is big deal then Ashworth college is similar in price, curriculum, and they conduct a graduation ceremony.

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Degree: Accounting and Business/Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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At pennfoster Collge the instructors and and student care are always eager to help whenever I call or email with a question, I highly recommend Pennfoster to anyone specially to busy parents with Kids and work! Also very cheap compared to the other college look how much you $$$ in the semester!!

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Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
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I saw someone else's post both before I started with this school and also just now I completely agree. I came into some financial difficulties and I havent even complete 50% of my class and they are wanting me to pay more than 50% of the tuition. Unfortunately, no one expects to be thrown out of their parents house at 20 but that has happened to me and my husband and out 5 month old. I explained to student care and they have not yet replied to me. And the few replies I have gotten were disrespectful. I would not recommend this school to anyone simply because alot of it is online and anyone can pass the classes with that being said.

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Miss Ariel - 2 months ago

I'm very sorry for your situation. How many courses did you actually complete?

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Anonymous - about 2 months ago

that is true but if u signed a agreement to pay something you have to pay it just because u have a mishap thats not penn foster fault

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Bdix - about 2 months ago

You entered into a contract - just like with a cell phone. If you failed to read the contract prior to signing it, the fault lies with you. Step one of adulthood is to take responsibility for your actions and consequences. Your cell company wouldn't say, "Ok you signed an agreement for a year and only used 2 months before falling on hard times; you don't have to pay for the agreed period....." and they shouldn't - and neither should Penn Foster.

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Cam - about 1 month ago

It happens the same situations with me situations got really hard and I am in deadline immigration process that is most important of all and cost a lot but school supports my situation but if I don't have money to pay isn't anything in my control I continue to make my sacrifices until the time allows me to go back to school. Sometimes things happens and isn't our fault. Have mercy and compassion of yourself and trust in God that things will enroll the way it will have to. A lot of people fail in finances in some point in life not only you.

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Paul Abernathy - 6 days ago

Sorry for your hardship but why is this Penn Fosters problem? They offer schooling and expect to be paid. I have been attending on and off since 2011 and have always been pleased with Penn Foster.

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
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I wouldn't even give this school 1 star but unfortunely It made me. I fell into financially difficulties halfway through my first semester. When i called the student care to explain to them I needed to cancel my enrollment they were extremely rude and not the least bit compassionate. I was told to either finish the semester of pay the remaining balance of 1300. I don't understand why I have to pay for classes I haven't even taken. That is complete bs. I will never ever reccomend this ignorant school to anyone. They are money hungry and could care less about any of their students. STAY FAR AWAY FROM PENN FOSTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Amanda - 2 months ago

You signed an enrollment agreement stating the tuition installments & that is a financial contract. Penn Foster is a great school & to bash them because they want their payment you agreed to pay is bad character. We all run into financial circumstances, had you maybe tried to work out a new payment arrangment with them until you can complete the regular payments would you still feel the same? You financed your education, it's not just this school who would respond this way.

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Miss Ariel - 2 months ago

I am sorry that you had that experience with Student CARE. Like Amanda said, you signed the enrollment agreement/contract that explained the refund policy. Unfortunately it doesn't state that you will be refunded for classes you didn't take. http://www.pennfoster.edu/admissions/refund-policy

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Afton - 30 days ago

I fell on hard times (in and out of the hospital, etc). I didn't call in asking to get out of my contract though. That's where people make the mistake and that's when the people at the school get an attitude. I called and explained my situation, and they suspended the automatic deductions from my debit card for a few months until I could start paying again. It's all in how you approach a situation.

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Degree: Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Graduation Year: 2012
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I enrolled with Penn Foster in 2008 by in the Computer Information Systems Degree program and completed my degree in 2012. I'm currently enrolled in the PC Maintenance Degree Program, in my final semester. When I look back over the past 6 years of studies, I'm still excited and proud of what I've accomplished along my Penn Foster journey. I've learned how valuable Penn Foster is to me personally, what it stands for, what goes on behind the scenes, the faculty, the instructors, fellow students, the Student Ambassador program, and the value of the community. Penn Foster has provided the means for me to succeed in life, one step at a time, one goal at a time, one dream at a time. I've found the instructors, Student Services, staff, and fellow students very helpful when I have had questions about my courses. I love the community feature because it gives students a way to interact with each other, plan study groups, meetups, and because it gives the students a sense of belonging. I highly recommend anyone looking to further their education, look into Penn Foster. You won't be disappointed. You can study at your own pace, all courses are completed online, it's affordable.

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simonique hanson - about 20 hours ago

i am so eager to sign up for Penn foster

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
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I love PF. It is so easy to get my degree and work. The instructors and and student care are always eager to help whenever I call or email with a question! I highly recommend this school for anyone that has other priorities in their life that prevent them from attending another school.

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
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This program is not for everyone. It is a great program for sell motivated people who can study on their own and stay motivated. I love this school and the program!! Since day one, the staff has been very helpful and I have never felt alone on this journey. The classes are tough and you have to stay on top of things. There are webinars for most of the classes and they help give you the classroom feel. There is also a community to meet other students and get help with questions. This program is not for everyone and I do recommend doing your research before signing up. It fits my life and I am very pleased.

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Rachel - 21 days ago

Do you mind me asking how much it costs? Im looking into this program and want to know the price plus what the classes are like. I work 5 days aweek 48 hrs total. Looking for a career change.

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Carla Perrio - 21 days ago

Hi Rachel,

I do not know the exact cost of the entire program, but it should be online when you go to the website www.pennfoster.edu. When I started, I was able to start for $1.00 down and my fourth semester, which I am currently is, was free when I signed up. I have made very affordable monthly payments and I have one left and school is paid for in full. It is a really good feeling to pay as you go and know that you will not have student loans when you are done. I definitely recommend checking out what specials they have right now; they always have something. Best of luck in your pursuit and hope this was helpful.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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I started the Vet Tech program with Penn Foster a couple of years ago and didn't make it very far. Mostly because I was working and not motivated. When I decided it was time for me to go back to school, I came back to Penn Foster. I'm now enrolled in the bachelors business management degree. Why did I choose to come back to Penn Foster? It meets my personal needs. Penn Foster is nationally accredited, unlike your local community college or your state university which are most likely regionally accredited. It usually goes like this; regionally accredited school courses will transfer to nationally accredited schools but not all nationally accredited school courses will transfer to regionally accredited schools. Why? Because the regional accreditation requires a strict and rigorous course catalog, among other things. Schools like Penn Foster are usually career schools. The advantage is that they are able to change their courses as the real world changes and this keeps their students current. It would take a considerable amount of time and red tape to change the courses. If they had to go through all of the processes by the time they got approval for the change, there would be new information to add. So with that said, Penn Foster does have some courses that have been evaluated and are recommended for transfer by the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service. So if you plan on trying to transfer to a regionally accredited institution, keep in mind that only certain classes and credits will transfer. Also, If you plan to continue your education like I do, plan carefully. I want to get my masters and maybe even my doctorate someday. Not all Institutions will take my Penn Foster degree. Two more things that I like about this program...The tuition and the delivery system. Oh, and the self pace... sorry, three. Tuition is affordable and all study materials are included. They also have an online tutoring center. They offer affordable payment plans. I pay 60 a month right now, I think the lowest you can go is 49. The delivery system, all courses you can complete online, except. Except except except you may have proctored exams. But honestly that's not too big a deal. Go to your local library, the librarians are usually more than happy to help out. I also hear that in the vet tech program you can now be proctored through your webcam. Online, Affordable, SELF PACED. That's really the thing that gets me. Sometimes I get lazy, I don't want to be bothered with reading 80 pages by friday so I can attend class. I work, like the rest of the real world. I need time to tune out, pretend I don't exist. Then there are weeks where all I want to do is sit down and knock out three lessons. Those are things I can do with self paced courses. So, if you are considering Penn Foster make sure it meets your needs. As for faculty and staff, I've had nothing but good experiences with them so far. My questions are answered in a timely manner and they are always kind. But remember, they people not machines. people make mistakes, people get frustrated, people have bad days. No matter if its an online school, on campus, nationally or regionally accredited. They are trying to take care of a lot of people and if you can express your problems in a polite way they are going to try and help you. In conclusion you need to find out if Penn Foster meets your educational needs... It is your education, your life. Make an informed choice.

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Steve - 3 months ago

This is a well thought out post. Revealing and relevant. I wish you well in your pursuit of your education. D**n the torpedoes!

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Kandi - 3 months ago

Oh please whatever stop advertising for Penn Foster. This place is ran by cons looking to steal your money. They wont grade work so how are you so happy? On the BBB website someone said they never received their diploma after politely requesting. Penn Fosters course work is out of date so what are you really learning? The people behind giving them accreditation must be closing their eyes. Penn Foster College is not regionally accredited it's only nationally which means it's a load of hog wash to real colleges. Your credits mean nothing and can't be transferred to most school. This is an in house diploma and the credits can only be transferred to school that are on the same inferior accreditation level. Don't waste your time nor money on this incompetent load of crap.

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Kyle - 3 months ago

Hey Kandi. Maybe you should write your own review so people know how you feel. I don't think this post is advertising. In fact I am not sure you even read the entire thing. Almost all the points you are trying to make, this person talked about. As for the not getting the diploma, I checked it out. Their policy states they will not send a diploma until the student has paid of the entire tuition amount but they will send official transcripts. The same way most higher education places do it, regionally or nationally accredited.

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
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I really like this school, first of all I am a mom of 2 boys and my husband works every single day. Obviously child care is a big issue so it works out for me. My advise is keep to it, I've been waking up every morning at 5 so I can study before my kids wake up. I put in at least 3 hours a day. I really want this after waitressing for 7 years I realize how important education is for me. To all you moms out there you can do it dedicate yourself and finish. It's important that you guys do something for yourself .The people complaining about not being able to transfer credits who cares just finish and get your associates degree so you don't have to transfer your credits. That will always stay with you! I saved 35,000 dollars by doing this school not to mention how much on day care costs. I haven't gotten my degree yet, but I am working on it and so far doing great .

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Clara - 3 months ago

They want to transfer credits to a real school so they can get a job. Penn Foster College is only nationally accredited not regionally. Employers want people from regionally accredited schools. That's why most people with only a Penn Foster education and nothing else backing it can't get a job.

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