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Penn Foster College
144 Reviews
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Avg. time to find work: Found a job before graduating
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Average reviewer salary: $50,000

Penn Foster College's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Veterinary Technician Average Rating
Percent Employed 75% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 75%
Law Enforcement Average Rating
Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 50%
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Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 100%

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HOW TO TREAT RETURNING SOLDIER
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APRIL 2011 AFTER RETURNING FROM AFGHANISTAN I SIGNED UP FOR 2 COURSES PLANNING TO WITH ME TO THE PHILIPPINES AND STUDY WHILE I RECOVER FROM POST DEPLOYMENT EXPERIENCES. SPENT $2,000 FOR PC MAINTENANCE AAS AND ELECTRONICS TECH.

I WAS VERY UPSET HOW AFTER I'VE FOLLOWED ALL PROCEDURES, SIGNED WAIVERS, MADE CALLS AND FOLLOW-UPS THAT THE MATERIALS ARRIVED LATE AFTER I HAD LEFT. MY BROTHER ENDED UP SHIPPING THEM THRU A CARGO CARRIER WHICH ENDED UP BEING STOLEN AND WERE ONLY REIMBURSED THE SHIPPING COST. PENN FOSTER KNEW HOW HARD MY SITUATION WAS AND WHY I NEEDED THIS VACATION TO RECOVER. THIS IS HOW THEY TREAT A RETURNING SOLDIER...

Dear sir or madam, I called student services to inform them of my special request. I am a soldier that came back from afghanistan as of late last year however i'm having difficulty re-adjusting back in the real world.

As part of my recovery from PTSD, i am leaving on 2-3year vacation to the Philippines to take care of my pregnant wife and in which I decided to enroll on 2 courses: AAS degree in computer technology and Electronics Technology Program. I had specifically requested if all materials for the completed semesters be included and ship as soon as possible or maybe altogether in one shipment as I leave California address to fly to the Philippines on May 14th. I hope you sir or madam can understand my special request and hope you'd consider my military service as a sacrifice that I now have the need to recover from my experiences as well as continue my education endeavors.

Any help in assisting with this matter is greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me back for any confirmation and or any further inquiries about my request. Thank you for your time and consideration...

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STUDENT/CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCK
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I DECIDED TO ENROLL AT PENN FOSTER BECAUSE OF SOME REVIEWS ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE THAT IT IS GREAT AND WHAT NOT,THAT'S ACCORDING TO OTHERS. BUT WHEN I WANTED TO CANCEL MY ACCOUNT THEY GAVE ME A HARD TIME CANCELING IT

.THEY WON'T CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNT THROUGH E-MAIL.IT'S A HUGE HASSLE FOR ME BECAUSE I LIVE OVERSEAS WHEREIN WE HAVE A BIG TIME DIFFERENCE.I'M WARNING YOU FOR THOSE WHO WANTED TO CANCEL THEIR ACCOUNT LATER ON, DO NOT EVEN ATTEMPT TO ENROLL IN PENN FOSTER.

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great school
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So far, I have no complaints about this school. All my intructors are helpful and kind, and willing to make sure I am good with my work. I am enrolled in the vet tech program. I think the books are great, the lessons great. But online school is not for everyone. You must stay on top of it so you don't get behind! Ive only been enrolled for 2 months and Im a week away from being done with my first semester..I highly recommend this school

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The wnat your money
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I enrolled in the CAD certificate program and found out a week later that employers do not recognize certificates and the you need an associates degree to get in with good companies.

I called on day 8 of my enrollment and canceled it. There response was that it was 7 days after my enrollment and I owed them $141.50. They would not work with me on this and said it was part of my enrollment agreement and I must pay them this money.

To sum up this review. DO NOT enroll in a certificate program employers will show you the door. ALSO they are here for the money.

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Bad School
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I highly recommend you not enroll at Penn Foster. They are the most unhelpful human beings I've ever had to deal with. Shipments are constantly delayed and the whole school is a mess. STAY AWAY.

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Poor student service and staff
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Graduation Year: 2012
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My bad encounter with th school starts when they send me my books late and sent it to the wrong address which delay my whole process. When i contact the student service, they all gave different excuses and none of them actually help to solve the issue. When it was exam time, they sent the exam to the wrong address again and i had to wait for 3 weeks! The staffs there had no idea and alreadys refer me to the website! My question is why are the student service staff there if they are not there to help with our questions or problem???

I honestly feel that my tuition money was completely a WASTE at PF. If you are considering this school, PLEASE LOOK AT UR OTHER OPTIONS! There are other schools with better accredidation, better credit transfer,that will provide you with a greater education.

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I SAY YES TO PENN FOSTER!!!
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Graduation Year: 2012
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I love motorcycles but was worried about not having money to go to "MMI",or "WYOTECH",so i looked up penn foster and,the time,and the money was right so was the idea that i could take my time to get my degree,the only negative is lack of hands on,with this school,but i have gone to custom bike shops told them waht i was studying,and asked if i could come learn hands on for no fee,and to my surprise the said"YES",but as far as im concered this school is worth it to me an my time and money,everything comes in on time,they dont call and hassel you for money when your a little late on payments,they even give you three grace periods,meaning the move your monthly payment back a month,so it was easy to save up tuition,and get it paid in full,plus the huge bonus of tools i got at the end of graduation,no this school is not for everyone,but,IT SURE WORKED FOR ME"!!!

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Very good school.
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Graduation Year: 2012
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I was looking up some reviews awhile ago about this school and I saw that several people had complained about numerous things. But, I still chose this school despite these accusations. I have found none of those complaints to be valid, at least not in my case. Many people keep insisting that this school is a "scam" and "only wants your money" but the reality is, I did research on tons of other online colleges, and Penn Foster was actually one of the cheaper ones.

The University of Phoenix (which is the REAL scam) wanted $8,900 from me for an associates degree, AND demanded that I have to log on every single day to get credit for attendance. Penn Foster on the other hand is only charging me $4,200 for an associates degree and this includes textbooks, shipping fees, and normal tuition. So, for everything, it's only a mere $4k. PLUS I do not have the pressure of logging on every single day, which is perfect for me because with my crazy hectic work schedule I'm lucky if I find the time to eat some days! And isn't the whole point of a distance education to be doing it on your OWN time? That's what I really enjoy about Penn Foster.

There have been times when I've completed a class within 3 weeks, and times when I've completed a class within 2 months, based on my work/personal schedule. They do not penalize for taking a long time to complete assignments because THERE ARE NO DUE DATES!! AWESOME!! And they allow you to skip ahead and go back to an assignment later. They are always quick with their shipments. I have gotten books as little as one day after they sent me an e-mail saying they have been shipped. The longest I ever waited was 4 days, and that was only because it was a holiday weekend!!

Another complaint I noticed a lot of people saying was that the course material isn't enough. Really ?? Would you like for me to upload some photos of my 700 page biology book or my 600 page psychology book? Yea, didn't think so. Case closed.

Whenever I e-mail them with a question, I always get a quick reply (except on weekends, as they are not in the offices) I have gotten replies as early as 8 am and as late as 7 pm. That's pretty good, in my opinion!! I honestly have nothing bad to say about this school. They even e-mail me with inspirational quotes to congratulate me when I complete an assignment. I always read these quotes, and sometimes post them as statuses on my Facebook account.

Overall, I am pretty impressed with this program and I am very glad that I chose to get away from the university of phoenix and switch to Penn Foster. Also, I just wanted to mention that most people who write bad things about this school are ones who didn't even complete it, didn't take the time to research if this is the right school for them, and are mad because they left the school but still owed money. Well, sorry to break it to you but if you started your program, didn't like it, then left, you are still obligated to pay for the time you were enrolled. That's kinda common sense, right??

Everyone's different, this school may end up not being what you want and that is ok !! but at least man up and understand that you still have to pay for the little time you did use their services. That would be like going to a restaurant, eating a meal half way, deciding you don't like it and then demand your money back ! That doesn't happen, just like it doesn't happen here. Well, I hope my review meant something to someone and encouraged anyone to join this school. I recommend it to anyone !!

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Beware!
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I enrolled in the Jewelry Repair program, but found the materials to be poorly written and very light on content. The lessons were shipped...slowly...and were very thin booklets with large print and many pictures as if to make the content more than it actually is in order to justify the cost of the program. I cancelled the program after two extremely simple exams. Now, the problem is, I paid $75.00 for these two booklets and simple exams and am being harassed to pay an additional $40.00 for shipping, and $75.00 for "administrative fees". These are fluff fees for no service rendered.

These people call two and three times daily, after 10:00 pm and frequently feel its necessary to threaten me. Their continuing statement is that I signed a contract. This is true, I had to sign the contract prior to seeing any class content. Yeah I know, shame on me, should have known better. No reputable school would ask its students to sign a contract, much less prior to showing the goods. So, BEWARE.

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Great! vet program love it!!!
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Graduation Year: 2010
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They did need a copy of my hs diploma. i set up payments of 49mth and it was auto payment. everything went very smooth. no hassles. responses with in a day on any questions.

i rec my books & materials timely except once i think it took like a week for some unknown reason. The only thing out of date are the videos, just the hair style of the people in them is old, lol, but the point of the video is utd. they are nationally accrediated.

,p> the vets office i started in accedpted my transcripts,(pf will give you once you have completed payment for the program) they are accrediated with the avma, which is HUGE in this line of work. its a good school not a scam. i just enrolled in my next step, the vet tech program they offer with the associates degree. you take a math and reading exam just to make sure you can comprehend the course work, then they send you the first set of materials. HIGHLY RECOMEND!!!

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