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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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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 - 12 days 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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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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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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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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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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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 - about 1 month 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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Degree: Accounting and Business/Management
Graduation Year: 2017
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I am a single mom with two teenage daughters. Moving around so much and raising my daughter that I had no time to sit in a classroom to achieve my Bachelors. Penn foster has been nothing but amazing! The staff is always so helpful and there when you need them. The Student Community site they have is great! It is so nice to be able to communicate with other students and the teachers/staff. If you are considering Penn Foster you should do it! I have no regrets getting my education with Pennfoster.

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Graduation Year: 2013
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Penn Foster Career School Upon the recommendation of the Faculty and by authority of the President and Chief Learning Officer l Ruthia Nation is hereby awarded a CAREER DIPLOMA for the completion of the program DENTAL ASSISTANT.7th Day of January 2013. This has been a long journey for me this a very important subject and I Really needed this course and am proud I made the decision. Thanks Penn foster for all that you have helped me with, for my future career. Excellent Career College

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Erin - about 1 month ago

It's a scam. Don't fall for it. They claim I owe them $1000, and I only "took classes" there (meaning read some online information they sent me) for about two months. There is no way I'm paying them $1000 for an online textbook that I didn't even read more than a third of. There was like no activity on my account after the first two months I was there. When I signed up I paid them $300 or so, which I assumed was gonna cover the "information" they sent me. Now they're saying I signed a contract which means they can bill me $1000. Apparently I am an idiot for signing something I didn't read.Don't make the same mistake.

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Degree: Dental Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
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This school is a rip off!! I was given misinformation that will now cost me more money! when I tried to contact the school they kept me on hold for 30 mins until I finally hung up. When I was finally able to reach a representative I asked to get the voice recordings from our phone conversations they refused to give them to me. They still are trying to make me pay full price for the program even though I haven't finished. I am now getting a lawyer and still trying to reach the supervisor.

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