Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (138)
Be very careful! They seem wonderful with all of their payment plans, no interest, etc...they give you one year to finish each semester and you could take 33 months per semester to pay it off, yet they neglect to tell you that you do not recieve your degree until every penny is paid off. They make it seem great and wonderful, like you are paying installments to a loan, but that is not the case. They do not offer finacial aid or grant money. So if you have over $6,000 to spend right now...go somewhere else!
I am a disabled graduate student who was enticed several years ago by Penn Foster's online medical billing course. I have had nothing but trouble with the course, expectations and requirements were not explained to me when I embarked upon my studies. There seems to be no one in charge of monitoring student progress, either. My course was supposed to last for a year, but I have been contending with mis-communicattion by my instructors for two-and-a-half years, was informed by one that I all I needed to finish my course was to submit an essay. Apparently, not everyone got that message though, because my project was returned to me with demands that I resubmit the coursework I had already supplied, thus, I haven't the forms I need to complete the course, and nobody there seems to understand this. My impression is of a school where staff work in isolation, and I am very unhappy with it
I really DO NOT understand why there are websites out there questioning if the school is a scam? First of all, the phone numbers for student help and all of that is completley legit and so helful. Secondly, I am using military funded tuition, meaning the department of defense has to approve the school and see if its legit and accredited for them to even waste their time or money on it. Lastly..I just started and everything has been smooth, paid for, and very helpful and educational. Im learning alot and it works for me..maybe self study isn't meant for everybody!
Don't listen to the bad reviews. This course is perfect for those who have the motivation and can work on their own.
I know in the first semester many people quit because they feel they aren't learning anything relevant to being a Vet tech, but actually the opposite is true, it helps a lot to learn biology and anatomy and physiology when you get to the more advanced classes (pharmacology, pathology, radiology etc) And the books are NOT outdated, or at least not as of 2009. I am about to start my 3rd semester and am very satisfied.
First off, I had a terrible time getting PF to accept my transferred credits from my previous B.A. degree. They kept "losing" the paperwork and cost me time and money to keep asking my previous college to keep resending the transcripts.
Currently, I am halfway through the program and would like to transfer those credits to the Vet Assistant program. I keep getting a runaround regarding who I need to contact to do that. No one seems to have any answers, the program director is difficult to work with and I'm very frustrated. I feel as if I've wasted 2 1/2 years of time and too much money!!
This school is a joke! I have my diploma and graduated top of the class. That is about the only thing. I didn't learn a thing, and wasn't able to use my diploma to get a job. Spent money and time for nothing! I suggest looking for a reputable school-and this is not one! I hope this helps and wish someone would have told me not to go here.
I'm getting my Associate's in Graphic Design from Penn Foster College. The textbooks are up-to-date, everyone is very helpful; I've never had any problems. And they are an accredited school. I received a Dressmaking and Design diploma from Penn Foster Career School in 2005, and that worked out great also.
Im very pleased with Penn Foster, I took the Dog trainer program finished it in 4 months, It gave me the knowledge I needed to train my dogs which were out of control, The program helped me decide that I do infact want to join the Animal Medical Field, so I enrolled into the Vet Assistant program, My boyfriend was also impressed with the timely manner of the school, and For people in our current work field its perfect. =)
I am very pleased with my studies. I am approx. 50% of the way through the program. I have received respect from the local vets and techs that I speak to about my schooling. Think twice about going to school online if you need someone to push you. The only thing I could complain about is waiting for shipments, but if you pay for the sememster in advance, they will send you all of your books at once
I had to write this review, I haven't even finished I am still doing bookkeeping/accounting, but what I can tell anyone is to try it, when I begun I didn't know what a General Journal or Ledger was. Doing this course i pulled my hair, I got angry, I even e-mail them to tell them I don't understand a thing! they promptly gave me a contact number for them to explain the work to me, I did not contact them, I tried and tried for days, but i never gave up.
I didn't get the 100 I got 84 doing it on my own, not getting help from the other site who gave answers because, well its like this - when I get a job concerning my courses I can't call them to give me answers. So what i will tell everyone is that Penn Foster is the best.