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Penn Foster College
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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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Terrible School!!!
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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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Vet Tech
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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
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The staff at Penn Foster does not seem to want to help you at all to succeed. I understand that there are 10000 people enrolled, but they take their sweet time to get back to you ON TOP OF losing a lot of stuff that must be turned in before the practicums begin. I have been waiting for months to begin my last set of practicum skills and every time I turn in paper work, they find something wrong and send it back. I'm having to take off of my little animal job to go to the large animal clinic to finish skills, but there is always something wrong with everything I turn in (and they wont help me or say what I did wrong). I'm losing money and respect for this school.

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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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Biggest Mistake Ever
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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 - about 1 month 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.

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Catherine - about 15 hours ago

Wish I had read this !!!

They cut you off after 6 months
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
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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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Bullies on Campus
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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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Love Penn Foster
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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 - 3 months 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.

RUN FAR AWAY!
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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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