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Degree: Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Graduation Year: 2016

Waste of your time and your money. For starters, it's a self taught program (which isn't that big of a deal), but as far as in need of a teacher help when stuck on an assignment or have questions...they are no help what so ever to you. If you call the school for help, the customer service is terrible, they have you hold for the longest period of time and then transfer you to someone that doesn't know how to help you so they transfer multiple times until connected with the right person. Teachers don't get back in touch right away, it's more like 2 weeks later. If you want a refund or to leave the program, they charge all these excessive fees or just straight up tell you that you still owe the full payment. You don't learn anything...this school is a severe joke and they only want the money which why all those promotions are always advertised. It's a waste of money and time...don't go. Save yourself and just go to an actual college, high school, career school face to face.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2017

I absolutely love the school and the program it worked with my budget and when I couldn't make my payments on the specific due date they allowed me to move it no problem yes the class is online so really don't have teacher interaction but I expected that when I signed up because it is online and when o had a question it was answered within a day or two depending when I emailed them...never had a bad experience with any of the people I talked to or emailed. Every person is different and experience is different.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017

This is the worst and fakest online course. Don't sign anything you'll be bonded to contract and pay out even if you didn't attend. It's not a real schoool. You could never speak to a real person when you have a problem. All they do is steal money. I wouldn't recommend to anyone.

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5 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2017

I see so many bad reviews on here and not a lot of explanation as to why. I think past students did not do their research or really understand what they were getting into when signing up. (payment polices and what not). I am in the Business Management Bachelor's program and I am now on my 4th course with this school. The student portal is extremely user friendly compared with Ashworth College. There is a vast amount of resources and a community website you can join through the school that is extremely helpful. I'm also on a FB page for Penn Foster business students that I find is invaluable as a way to connect with other students. Their coursework is tough and up to date with current trends. This school lives up to other school's. This is not a scam or rip off at all. I am a previous straight A student and I spent HOURS today studying my butt off and passed with an 80%. It's challenging yet rewarding. I can't wait to complete this program and know full well I received a top notch education. Also, anytime I have a question or concern I contact the school and I always hear back right away with extreme mannerism and professionalism.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

The courses were ok, the teachers weren't that helpful. I was trying to transfer my credit and they can't transfer because of Penn Fosters accreditation. So now the Accounting classes I took here were a waste of time and my money because no one will accept them. So the school I'm going to I basically have to start the program over. And you can't claim your out of pocket expenses to get credit for this school because they don't participate with the IRS. Not happy at all.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2017

Warning: DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCAM OF A SCHOOL! Everyone should know before they finish school that there are many loopholes that you have to go through. Be forewarned on how you make your final payment as well because there are many games that Penn Foster likes to play. I transferred all of my classes over and no one will remove the block saying that I have to complete a lesson. Mind you I did pay over $1700 from my PayPal account for them to say it's considered a checking account! My balance on my student account registers at zero and then someone said I have to wait 28 days after they charged my credit card through my PayPal account!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2016

I think this degree did help me get a higher management role. I had some experience before but the degree I believe helped get me a bigger role. My employer accepts my degree. I went to a traditional school in the past and PFC was just as hard. It is fully accredited and is ace recommended. I highly recommend pfc.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Accounting and Business/Management
Graduation Year: 2016

I started with Penn Foster back in 2009 for my Associate Degree in Accounting. Due to some family circumstances, I had to take a break (I was about half way through). No problem stopping my studies, they did not hound me. I paid what I owed (for what I had already completed which is completely fair, which some people do not seem to get). I re-enrolled in early 2015 and received appropriate credit for the courses I completed earlier. I put my nose to the grindstone and graduated in February 2016. Many people are giving Penn Foster bad reviews. I'll address a few things. 1. Some careers are just not a good fit for online learning. I would say anything that is a hands-on job (vet tech, nursing dental assistant, diesel mechanic, etc). This just seems like common sense. However their business type programs are perfect. 2. Some people are simply not suited to online learning. Maybe because they think it'll be a breeze. Actually, it's a lot harder that classroom learning. You have to be disciplined. Some people need more one on one interaction with an instructor. I prefer to learn on my own. All throughout my coursework, I only had to reach out to an instructor maybe twice. The material is very self-explanatory. If you do need to speak to an instructor, you just need to know what channels to go through. You can email, or you can call too I believe. There is also an online community forum where I've gotten answers to questions by searching. The response may not be instant. Be patient. If you're constantly having questions, online learning is not for you. I tend to figure things out on my own. 3. Accreditation. DO YOUR RESEARCH before you enter a program with them. If you plan to transfer credits, most brick and mortar schools won't accept them. This is not because they are not a "real school". Traditional brick and mortar schools are threatened by online colleges because they take money out of their pockets. DUH. So OF COURSE they are going to make it difficult for you to transfer those credits to them. I can't believe more people don't realize this. As quoted from their website: "Penn Foster College is nationally accredited. This form of accreditation means that Penn Foster has met the high standards required by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency." So if you know you are going to need to transfer credits, check it out with the school you will want to transfer to first (and tell them what an idiot they are, and how greedy they are, if they will not). I knew going in there was no reason for me to need to transfer credits. I received my degree and I am happy with the program. Reminds me of the whole argument about doctors not acknowledging that chiropractors can provide real health benefits. Even though it's proven and have learned myself that they can treat some things better than doctors, the chiropractors are taking money out of the doctors' pockets, and the doctors are p*ssed off about it. 4. Employers "accepting" Penn Foster diplomas. I work in a multi million dollar company and am part of the hiring process. If a company will not accept a degree from Penn Foster, they are lazy and have not done any research other than what they hear from those traditional brick and mortar colleges (and rumors). Having been through the program, I know that to succeed, you have to do the work, and it is not easy (unless you cheat, in which you are only hurting yourself, and is possible in any college setting - the school is not to blame). I wouldn't want to work for a company that is that conceited and ignorant. Unless you're wanting to work for a Fortune 500 company, this is a non-issue unless you come across an incompetent hiring manager. 5. Finances. No you cannot get financial aid. So if you need that, this is not for you. Know that going in that it's not an option. There; quit whining about that. My husband went to school for a ONE YEAR HVAC degree and we'll be paying for that for 10 years. I paid as I went, and graduated with no debt. The monthly payments were less than what my husband's student loan payments are. Yes, the payments are generally laid out to last longer than the program is, and you will not get your degree until paid in full. THIS IS LAID OUT PLAINLY FOR ALL TO SEE if you just read the terms. Just like if you quit at any point, there is a certain amount that you are still liable to pay. LAID OUT FOR YOU WHEN YOU ENROLL. Read the paperwork and do some research people. Enough with the dumbing-down of society, geesh. They make the payments low so that more people can afford it. If you want it paid off sooner, no one is stopping you from paying more at any time. As far as paying it off before you can get your degree: fact check for you: "regular" colleges are the same way. You don't pay, you don't get to be in the classes. It's just that your payments are financed via financial aid, student loans, etc. Amazing how few students understand how that actually works. So if you want to do it similarly (and build your credit at the same time) pay Penn Foster off with a credit card, and make the payments to them. Contrary to popular belief, not all credit card debt is "bad", as long as you have something to show for it, such as financing your future. Or you can just stick with the generous, no interest payment plan through Penn Foster. So you have options. I'm very tired of uneducated (I mean, have you READ some of these negative reviews?? Dear Lord, did some of these people ever take an English class?? USE SOME PUNCTUATION!), misinformed people trashing Penn Foster. I was so happy with PF that I just re-enrolled in the Business Management program. Super happy with the whole process. I have had to keep on them about a few things (checking on transfer credits, shipments of materials) each time I re-enroll in the new semester, but it's very minimal compared to some of the issues we had getting my husband enrolled in "traditional" college courses.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2018

I am a Penn Foster College Graduate, and a college student for the 3rd time I have maintained a ( 4.0 G.P.A. B.S. Degree Criminal Justice ) with the help of my very educated, knowledgeable instructors. The payment plan is very affordable and convenient , plus the online courses makes my work life, family ,life, balanced, and also it is a big help with my physical disability in which I am limited walking, and sitting for long periods of time. I would recommend this college to anybody.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2014

Thank you, "PennFoster College " this college was very helpful, affordable ,and convenient for my time, my pace. I graduated as a Pharmacy Technician in 2014 with a 98%. Russell Dean Lynch

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