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Penn Foster College
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Average reviewer salary: $33,333

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
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This school is surprisingly better than I was expecting. So far, I've only gone through about half of my first semester, but it's going extremely well for me. Everything is a go at your own pace situation, and you get what you put into it. If you don't do the work, then obviously you're not going to get anything out of it.

As for pricing, this isn't all that bad. For my degree, it's going to be around 5000 total for my entire program. Which is not unreasonable to me at all. It is unfortunate that they do not participate in financial aid, but it's good nonetheless.

On top of that, they have more requirements for degrees than they do for certificates. You can get a certificate as soon as you finish the coursework. Whereas degrees require class participation, and practicums(like finals) at the end of each semester. In thus, if you don't study and pay attention you're not going to do well. They offer you more than ample amount of time to complete your studies, giving you at least a year per semester. Much more than a traditional college would allot you.

Anyways, I have not experienced all that much with Student Services, but the times that I have contacted them have been pleasant. I receive my books within 8 business days of the day they were shipped, and I'm on the complete opposite side of the country.

If you're not self motivated, and willing to put work into it - Don't waste your time. However, if you can maintain your studies and actually put effort into achieving your goals - this is a good school for you. :)

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Great Learning Experience
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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013
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It seems that all of the negative comments about Penn Foster College pertain to financial issues. When you enroll in PFC, there are rules and regulations to be followed as there would be anywhere in any institution. I am tired of the whining. I am an adult, a veteran, self motivated and self regulated.

That being said, I do have some issues with delivery of books taking so long. I want to keep my momentum going and to wait for 2 weeks for the next course is troublesome at best. Other than that, you work hard to get this education. For the most part, you do not have assistance being that it is an online college and I think that makes you a better student. PFC cost is reasonable. I would like to see them extend some of the courses to a 4 year degree like the Mechanical Engineering that I am presently enrolled in. Other than that - GO PENN FOSTER COLLEGE. I am proud to be a part of such a long standing institution of higher education.

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GREAT SCHOOL
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So far the school has been wonderful and helpful. Stundent services have been amazing and so have the teachers. The payment plan works perfect for me in these hard times.

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Love the ease of scheduling!!
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2012
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Paralegal studies was an associates degree course, I did over a six-year time frame. I did not intend for it to take that long, but the school didn't have problems with the schedule as long as it didn't take me more than two years to complete one semester.

I hardly had to wait for books, since they have implemented a new SOP that auto sends the shipment when there are two exams left on the current book.

That is one thing about online courses. They don't have roommates, class schedules, or pizza study groups. What they do have is a logical way for a busy mom to not have to leave the kids with the sitter while going to classes to have a career with pay she can be proud of receiving.

I finally paid off my tuition and will be expecting my transcripts and degree paperwork very soon. I have worked hard for this and am able to sit for a paralegal certification test.

Instructors were always quick with returning calls or emails for my questions with as much or as little detail as was required.

I only had one problem with the course and it was my fault. I didn't research this enough to realize the catch22 was relative to a paralegal career. "You must have experience to get this job, and you must get a job to have experience!" I have been told to research by sitting in courtrooms, volunteering at practices, and possibly going back to school for more specified degrees in law.

I give PF the A-OK.

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Unacceptable Finance Practices
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This institution is unbelievably awful. How is it that an individual who agreed to get a student started by paying for their monthly tuition cannot now stop the payments on their own?!?!?! They are going to keep “stealing” my money because the student is selfish and will not call to cancel it on their own. They are telling me that I have to jump through all these hoops, and spend more money, in order to get the charges to stop on my credit card.

The two individuals that I have spoken with to date are certainly not professionals. Their speech implies that they are from some little backwoods town. Additionally, they don’t even understand that what they are asking me to do in order to cancel payments to my card is absurd.

Save your time, your effort, your sanity. DO NOT BEGIN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS INSTITUTION!!

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HOW TO TREAT RETURNING SOLDIER
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Degree: Vocational
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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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