Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (138)
I wouldn't even give this school 1 star but unfortunely It made me. I fell into financially difficulties halfway through my first semester. When i called the student care to explain to them I needed to cancel my enrollment they were extremely rude and not the least bit compassionate. I was told to either finish the semester of pay the remaining balance of 1300. I don't understand why I have to pay for classes I haven't even taken. That is complete bs. I will never ever reccomend this ignorant school to anyone. They are money hungry and could care less about any of their students. STAY FAR AWAY FROM PENN FOSTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I enrolled with Penn Foster in 2008 by in the Computer Information Systems Degree program and completed my degree in 2012. I'm currently enrolled in the PC Maintenance Degree Program, in my final semester. When I look back over the past 6 years of studies, I'm still excited and proud of what I've accomplished along my Penn Foster journey. I've learned how valuable Penn Foster is to me personally, what it stands for, what goes on behind the scenes, the faculty, the instructors, fellow students, the Student Ambassador program, and the value of the community. Penn Foster has provided the means for me to succeed in life, one step at a time, one goal at a time, one dream at a time. I've found the instructors, Student Services, staff, and fellow students very helpful when I have had questions about my courses. I love the community feature because it gives students a way to interact with each other, plan study groups, meetups, and because it gives the students a sense of belonging. I highly recommend anyone looking to further their education, look into Penn Foster. You won't be disappointed. You can study at your own pace, all courses are completed online, it's affordable.
I love PF. It is so easy to get my degree and work. The instructors and and student care are always eager to help whenever I call or email with a question! I highly recommend this school for anyone that has other priorities in their life that prevent them from attending another school.
This program is not for everyone. It is a great program for sell motivated people who can study on their own and stay motivated. I love this school and the program!! Since day one, the staff has been very helpful and I have never felt alone on this journey. The classes are tough and you have to stay on top of things. There are webinars for most of the classes and they help give you the classroom feel. There is also a community to meet other students and get help with questions. This program is not for everyone and I do recommend doing your research before signing up. It fits my life and I am very pleased.
I started the Vet Tech program with Penn Foster a couple of years ago and didn't make it very far. Mostly because I was working and not motivated. When I decided it was time for me to go back to school, I came back to Penn Foster. I'm now enrolled in the bachelors business management degree. Why did I choose to come back to Penn Foster? It meets my personal needs. Penn Foster is nationally accredited, unlike your local community college or your state university which are most likely regionally accredited. It usually goes like this; regionally accredited school courses will transfer to nationally accredited schools but not all nationally accredited school courses will transfer to regionally accredited schools. Why? Because the regional accreditation requires a strict and rigorous course catalog, among other things. Schools like Penn Foster are usually career schools. The advantage is that they are able to change their courses as the real world changes and this keeps their students current. It would take a considerable amount of time and red tape to change the courses. If they had to go through all of the processes by the time they got approval for the change, there would be new information to add. So with that said, Penn Foster does have some courses that have been evaluated and are recommended for transfer by the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service. So if you plan on trying to transfer to a regionally accredited institution, keep in mind that only certain classes and credits will transfer. Also, If you plan to continue your education like I do, plan carefully. I want to get my masters and maybe even my doctorate someday. Not all Institutions will take my Penn Foster degree. Two more things that I like about this program...The tuition and the delivery system. Oh, and the self pace... sorry, three. Tuition is affordable and all study materials are included. They also have an online tutoring center. They offer affordable payment plans. I pay 60 a month right now, I think the lowest you can go is 49. The delivery system, all courses you can complete online, except. Except except except you may have proctored exams. But honestly that's not too big a deal. Go to your local library, the librarians are usually more than happy to help out. I also hear that in the vet tech program you can now be proctored through your webcam. Online, Affordable, SELF PACED. That's really the thing that gets me. Sometimes I get lazy, I don't want to be bothered with reading 80 pages by friday so I can attend class. I work, like the rest of the real world. I need time to tune out, pretend I don't exist. Then there are weeks where all I want to do is sit down and knock out three lessons. Those are things I can do with self paced courses. So, if you are considering Penn Foster make sure it meets your needs. As for faculty and staff, I've had nothing but good experiences with them so far. My questions are answered in a timely manner and they are always kind. But remember, they people not machines. people make mistakes, people get frustrated, people have bad days. No matter if its an online school, on campus, nationally or regionally accredited. They are trying to take care of a lot of people and if you can express your problems in a polite way they are going to try and help you. In conclusion you need to find out if Penn Foster meets your educational needs... It is your education, your life. Make an informed choice.
I really like this school, first of all I am a mom of 2 boys and my husband works every single day. Obviously child care is a big issue so it works out for me. My advise is keep to it, I've been waking up every morning at 5 so I can study before my kids wake up. I put in at least 3 hours a day. I really want this after waitressing for 7 years I realize how important education is for me. To all you moms out there you can do it dedicate yourself and finish. It's important that you guys do something for yourself .The people complaining about not being able to transfer credits who cares just finish and get your associates degree so you don't have to transfer your credits. That will always stay with you! I saved 35,000 dollars by doing this school not to mention how much on day care costs. I haven't gotten my degree yet, but I am working on it and so far doing great .
Run as fast as you can once you sign up to go they will not let you withdraw no matter what the circumstances areI completed 66% of my class and came up with medical problems and they are still forcing you to go they will not let you withdraw . Couple months back a lady was able to stop payments for 3 months which was great but my problem got worse I have a stint in my kidney. I go for a ultra sound in June I owe 3000 in medical bills after insurence pays and I've found out I'm diabetic just over the line so we're trying to stop that and with all these problems I'm receiving calls saying charges are being filed against me from ur school I called while ago and said my credit card is cancelled I cancelled when I had these problems and payed it off less worries your school keeps calling 5 times a day telling me fraud charges are being filed I was suppose receive a payment book but now I can hardly pay bills I'm being threatend 5 times a day I I was told yesterday after I explained this there nothing to be done I'm only 66% into it I can't remember last time I even took a test was online class didn't deal with professors not using degree for job No one in profession heard of pennfoster also once you sign up for classes you are not aloud to withdraw for any reason they force u to attend no matter what life changing event
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
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.
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.