Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (138)
I signed up for PF's medical transcription program in August and have had no problems. I've only had to email the instructors once so far with a question about a project, but received a response within 24 hrs. I recently asked for a deferment of my payments because of financial difficulty and received one with no questions asked. I am looking forward to finishing this program and embarking on a new career!
I started the medical billing and coding program at Penn Foster Career School in August of 2009. I did hard research on this school before I enrolled. When I did enroll in the program, I got my materials on time, I got help when I needed it, and their curriculm was quite challenging.
As of right now I'm still enrolled and trying to finish the program. I researched on this school accreditation, and they are nationally and regionally accredited. If you don't believe this just research on the accrediation part of the website. To all the people that have negative things to say "Do you research first on schools" !!!
O Yeah, once you complete the course you can go for trying to be certified. I suggest a intern, and then sit for the examination.
I am attending Penn Foster for Early Childhood Education. I would recommend this school to anyone. I have read everyone's bad reviews, and although I can understand some of your points, I don't agree with them. I have not had one problem yet with my education at Penn Foster.
It's an affordable payment plan, not once have they screwed me over with secret or hidden fees. I tried The University of Phoenix online and that's all they did was call me every day to tell me another "fee" came up and after a week I went from $1,000 to $9,000 A SEMESTER ! I've been enrolled at Penn Foster now for a month so far and not once has there been any hidden fees. My balance everytime I check it is the same as it was the day before. When I made my first payment, the information was updated imediatly.
When I pass an exam, I get motivational e-mails telling me what a great job I did. They do not call me and bother me at all like the other college did. When I complete enough lessons to get my next books sent out, they are quick to set up the shipment and even though it says allow 5 to 10 days for shipment I always get mine in 2 days!! ALWAYS !! the exams are challenging, just like a good college should be. The school itself has a great reputation and they are accredited. I really have nothing to bad to say about this school.
Penn Foster is a complete scam. I wasted my time and money. I received absolutely no help from anyone I spoke to. Including supervisors and the dean! The lessons are worthless and so is the degree. Please, from my experience, nobody else enroll here! We need to stop this!
I am unsure about PF based on the mixed reviews that I have read and the information obtained from the PF staff. My concern is about the advertised payment plan that offer low down/monthly payments. After further inquiry, a PF staff member told me that the low monthly payments would increase. They increase because of any previous semesters due. Example: 1st semester you pay $50 down and $50 per month for 22 months. However if you complete that semester in 6 months you will only have paid $350 of the $1100 due. Now the 2nd semester cost another $1100 plus a balance of $750 from the 1st semester. So the 2nd semester payment is now $84 a month provided you spread your payment over 22 months. Buy your 6, 7 and 8th semester, what started as low monthly payments are now several hundred dollars.
Penn Foster’s phone staff confirmed this and stated that most people pay the amount due before the semester is up. Well the key words are most people. I was looking to complete this degree as soon as possible however, based on other reviews working at my pace is possible but if I don’t pay in full I don’t get any credit for the completed work. Again according to other reviews, your transcript will show an incomplete if tuition is not paid in full. Unlike a traditional student loan, one pays more for the degree however, has the credentials to obtain a job that makes more hence the ability to pay more. I would not recommend PF to a person that is really looking to complete a degree quickly nor anyone who cannot afford $200-300 per month payments.
I started Penn foster college about a month ago and I love it! I'm enrolled in the associates of criminal justice program and am very satisfied. Ive finished my assessments and 2 exams. You have to be very focused and willing to learn. As far as all the bad reviews I'm not really sure what theyre talking about. It's an awesome college. Once finishing your exams your next shipment of books are sent out. It says to allow up to 10 business days but I get mine within 3-4! The pay is amazing also. Very reasonable. They also answer answer any email within 24 hrs. I highly recommend Penn foster college! I love it.
As a middle aged male I realized my future lay in the Engineering. Drafting/autocad. Penn Foster seemed like a pefect fit for me. Older and with life responsibilies. Learn at your own pace was perfect. so I paid the school in full at 1300 dollars for the materials. I ended up with a 1 year hiatus in testing, But maintained a 90 avg in the Drafting/autocad course. After given a 6 mo extension, and more tests submitted.
I found out I was cancelled due to a time lapse issue.The representative said they have an 'integrity' issue to maintain. Evidently have no concern for the individual student. But their reputation to keep.. Getting a certificate in 2 yrs.
They pitch the school as 'learn at your own pace', It is anyting but. Perfect for full time students. Part time or working adults w/ children need to consider this. Their approach to the individual student is poor as they advertise the school.
I was apprehensive about trying an online college. But after really spending months thinking about it and researching which one, I can say I am really happy in the vet tech program at Penn Foster. You CAN do a medical program through PFC. There are practicums that occur after the 2nd and last semesters for you to get experience in your chosen field. Before PFC, I had taken a year program to become a vet assistant through a Regional Occupational Program. After finishing, I wanted to learn more. I went ahead and signed up for PFC. I am very happy I did! The webinar classes are extremely good and informative, testing online is fun! I absolutely LOVE studying on my own schedule. Highly recommended!
I have been taking the Medical Transcriptionist course through Penn Foster, and I have to say that I love this school! As a mother with two young children and a husband who is at work most of the time, I needed a reputable online school for my training in this field. For only $29 to enroll, and $44 a month, this is a deal that can not be beaten! I find the classes informative, I take my exams and submit my projects online, and I have contacted my instructors several times and always receive a response within 24 hours.
I would recommmend this school to anyone! I'm not sure why anyone is giving it bad reviews, but I have a feeling that those people would have the same problem no matter which school they choose. As in all online schools, you only get out of it what you put into it. If you are a dedicated student who works well on their own, this is the perfect school for you. Soon I will be certified and then will begin a new set of classes in Medical Billing and Coding.
I am currently 1/3 of the way through my "Animal Care: Dogs" certificate and I am very satisfied. I am learning alot and I get to put my knowledge to use because I volunteer at my local Humane Society. As soon as I am done with this program, I will be enrolling in the Vet Assistant program.
I extensively researched this school before I enrolled. READ THE FINE PRINT is all that I have to say to anyone who is considering enrolling in a Penn Foster program . . . or any online education program, for that matter. If you know what you are getting into, then you have nothing to complain about!