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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Graduation Year: 2016
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I love PF so far! The Vet tech community is extremely supportive! I love the community and facebook pages that increase interaction among other students. I also really enjoy the webinars where you can connect with professors, hear a lecture, and ask questions in real time. I would recommend this school ! It's even more credible since exams are proctored. You might be able to pass the exams, but the final examinations are like going to an actual college.

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Graduation Year: 0
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I don't even know where to begin with how horrible Penn Foster is. The employees are rude and not willing to try and solve any problems. I was taking classes to get my associates and started talking to other colleges to transfer because I wasn't happy with Penn Foster at all. I've talked to multiple different colleges and none of them accept transfer credits from Penn Foster because they are not regionally accredited. I called and canceled because nothing would transfer so why continue to pay and get nothing out of it. I was then lied to over the phone by not 1 but 2 employees who were extremely rude- I was told I had no cancellation fee because I had only completed 25% of my courses but within a week I received a $705 bill for a cancellation fee. Penn Foster are now telling me that they aren't going to send my transcripts for my completed classes until that is paid in full, so I can't even start another school now. Penn Foster is a major scam. Don't waste your time and money with them. I don't recommend this school to anyone.

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carol ferrer - 7 days ago

I started the bachelor's degree in business administration and I have undoubtedly gained some knowledge. I stopped the program because I didn't want to be stuck at that level. I want to continue my education to a PhD in leadership etc. My problem is not with the staff but the accreditation. When I heard that the institution was under new management I thought they would have improved the accreditation...it never happened. Now according to what I've seen on credit carma I owe them monies for tuition. How can I proceed with an education that is second class with very little acknowledgement that doesn't offer me the advancement towards my goals? They are an institutional terrorist and what makes matters worse the govt turn blind eyes to these institutions tricky offers. It's PREPOSTEROUS what they do. Now I must find legal help to get them off me and restore my credit. Don't bother with Penn Foster degrees it's cheap but it won't take you anywhere.

They cut you off after 6 months
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Graduation Year: 0000
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Out of nowhere Penn Foster sent me an enrollment cancellation notice. I couldn't get into my account. I paid cash for my schooling and was on schedule in all my classes and passing scores for 6 months. They sent me the notice via email and then I couldn't log in. I called them 3x and notified them I couldn't get into my courses anymore and they told me I was still enrolled and there was nothing I could do about it, I even faxed them the cancellation notice they sent me and got no reply. After a few mo of not being able to get into my classes and getting nowhere with the school. I contacted my bank for a refund. My bank only got me back $100 of the entire tuition that I had paid cash. They told me because it was longer than 6 mo since I enrolled that I couldn't get more back. I am furious. I even had sent my bank the copy of the email that was from pennfoster to me saying that the enrollment agreement was signed and detailed that my signature was cancelled. It details that PennFoster themselves cancelled my contract. Didn't give me a reason. Note to anyone wanting to go there beware because they can steal your money and cut you off for no reason. I get $7 a month out of my paycheck to basically have a lawyer at my disposal anytime. My bank advised me to get one. I am.

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Degree: Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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When you go to look for a job they get your information and then bully you into taking a course. The material was out dated and the information sometimes not even relevant.I tried to quit but they gave me the brush off. Now they hound me day and night for there over priced tuition. To me it's these kinds of outfits the suck Americans dry.

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Degree: Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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I absolutely loved the Veterinary Assistant course!! I loved it so much that the same day that I finished the course, I enrolled in Penn Foster's Vet Tech program. (loving that one so far as well)

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hannah - about 1 month ago

Did you get a job after completing the Vet Assistant course? I really want to enroll for the vet tech program but am a little worried because of the reviews.

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Degree: Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Graduation Year: 2014
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The class was insanely easy and I passed with an A, but what they didn't tell me was the clinicals (which are VERY necessary) are extreme part time, and for someone who is unemployed can't pay for all the background checks, physicals, drop tests, insurance, blood work etc that the company you will be externshiping with will need in order to have in behind the counter! It's a useless piece of paper! I have it in a frame but won't ever use it since no one will hire you!

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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I've taken credits to transfer there. Was very satisfied in the beginning. Instructors were nice, courses were doable. Now they are redoing their courses and have some new instructors. Since the changes, I haven't signed up for any new courses or recommended anyone to attend Penn Foster. It's not worth the money, time and effort.

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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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Alex - 3 months ago

I am currently working full time and am really thinking about going back to school. I am looking for an online college that I could get my vet tech degree on. I can not afford to quit work and just go to school so I've been looking into PennFoster. Just wondered how this all works and if it would be the right fit for me.

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PRR - about 1 month ago

I am interested in the Vet Tech program also but doing my homework on many online schools as well. I need something I can afford. San Juan College sounded perfect until they said I'd have to fly out to NM for my last semester on Large animal care. Ugh... Any other suggestions?

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savanah - 14 days ago

Did u have a hard time finding an internship working with larger animals? I want to start the vet tech program soon but read a review from another student that said they had a hard time finding one their last semester,please email me at your earliest convenience.

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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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carol - 6 days ago

Obviously you are the limited guy here. I now have a degree as a nurse, but prior I started a bachelor with pf. I had no intention to stay at that level...so I realized early that it would not take me in the direction of my lifelong goals so I stopped the program. People like you need to broaden your understanding of people's diverse needs and that pf doesn't carry the weight needed to advance some of us academically. For example you said in reference to yourself: I am an older student and have no DESIRE to pursue an LE job but want to get into security management. It satisfy your needs not everybody else. All of us have different educational need 'older guy'. PF is not my ideal as it is yours. So again Broaden your views and abort your selfish 'all about you' attitude and stop making comments like: people are poor distance learners...It's nt necessarily correct.

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Steve - 5 days ago

For example: Ask clarifying questions, share your experience with this school, ask for more information (on classes, professors, career o

opportunities, etc.)

Everybody's entitled to their opinion but for the life of me I don't understand why you hold such a grudge against PFC. You have your degree in nursing, get on with your life.

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Graduation Year: 2013
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jeffrey wooten - 8 months ago

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

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Pam - 7 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.

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