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Degree: Computer Graphics
Graduation Year: 2018

My experience with Penn Foster was a good one. I just completed their Computer Graphic Artist Diploma program. I already have a degree from a regionally accredited school and decided to utilize the Penn Foster program to enhance my graphic design skills as a continuing education opportunity. Many of the negative reviews on this site are ridiculous. Do people actually think Penn Foster should give them their money back if they dont complete the work and theyve gone past the refund stage? Do they actually think Penn Foster should send them a diploma or transcript if they have not completed the work or finished paying for the program? While I can only speak of my experience, the sign up process was very straightforward and the tuition amounts and fees are written in a loan/finance agreement I had to agree to during the enrollment process (it clearly defined the amount and payment terms). While Penn Foster may not be the most prestigious school, it is a way to learn and earn a credential to document that learning. It is nationally accredited and definitely not a scam. Just be sure to research the difference between national and regional accreditation to be make sure it will meet your goals. If you are planning to transfer credits, make sure the school you want to transfer to will accept these. At the time of this writing, I believe Penn Foster is nationally accredited through the DEAC (please see their accreditation page) . Its important to understand that many regionally accredited colleges wont take nationally accredited schools credits through transfer. That said, some of the Penn Foster courses may be ACE recommended. Some regionally accredited schools might take those. You simply have to contact the school you are considering transferring to before you enroll to make sure your plan will work. Overall, I am going to give the school 5 stars as my experience was good from start to finish and met my individual learning goals.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2018

After reading some of these awful reviews, I felt I had to say something. I began the Vet tech program and have since transferred over to the Business Management program. Had NO PROBLEM whatsoever in switching programs. Staff were very helpful and polite. This is not a traditional school and some of us are glad it isn't. They are VERY clear about time frames and extensions. I saw quite a few reviews where people are complaining about that. You are an adult. Take some responsibility. And for EVERY class I have taken there has been an assigned instructor. I also attended ECPI (MCI) for a registered nursing program some years ago. THAT was a joke!!! This school is much more organized. If you want or need a babysitter reading a text book to you or holding your hand to make sure you complete your assignments, DON'T sign up for an online program that is self paced. I have had nothing but good experiences and I am glad I chose to stay with Penn Foster.

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Degree: Dog/Pet/Animal Grooming
Graduation Year: 2018

I missed one payment and they sent my account into collections. I was still working on my course work. You pay $$$ for a book to read that you could easily learn from YouTube or by job shadowing. Don't waaste your time here. They are money hungry and that's all that matters.

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Degree: Dog/Pet/Animal Grooming
Graduation Year: 2018

I missed one payment and they sent my account into collections. I was still working on my course work. You pay $$$ for a book to read that you could easily learn from YouTube or by job shadowing. Don't waaste your time here. They are money hungry and that's all that matters.

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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2017

I like many others do not recommend the medical billing & coding online course as it is waste of time, effort and money. I also, do not understand how they are still in business because they are crooks as far as I can tell. The whole at your own pace they try to sell people on is anything but self paced and yes you will have to pay an extension fee, excuse me what? Yes pay an extension fee to continue to take the courses that are supposed to prepare you for a career. DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE! Go to an online school that accepts financial aid if you qualify that is. Good luck to you all!

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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Graduation Year: 2017

First, dont let the 2017 graduation year fool you. I never graduated, but it was required in order to post a review. Having an interest in animal care I decided to enroll in Penn Fosters Veterinary Assistants program. Since I had no income my dad offered to help me and paid the nearly $1,000 fee for the course, plus a $95 extension I needed towards the end. I completed the course and it was time to set up my internship program. I contacted several veterinary places, including the one we use for our dog, and they recommended I get set up with one of the larger clinics or animal hospitals since I would learn a lot more. I learned though Penn Foster that Banfield Animal Hospital recognized their students so I went to our local Banfield. They confirmed that they did, indeed, take Penn Foster students and gave me the name of their contact person. Unfortunately she was not in that day. After several visits and a couple emails I never was able to make contact with her, meantime my extension was about to run out. I then made several attempts to make contact with the department at Penn Foster via email as instructed to see if they could offer any suggestions. To this day I have heard nothing from them and still dont have a certificate of completion or a job in my chosen field. It has left me with the feeling that once they get their money theyre done with you and dont care. Whats worse is my dad spent $1,000 for nothing. What a waste. My recommendation is to go to a real school if you want the training.

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Degree: Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2019

This college claims to be "learn at your own pace" On the site under "help and support" it states a student has 6 years to complete the degree program. I received a letter to pay an extension fee of $95 to be paid with 30 days of the letter dated 8/14. I just tried to submit an exam and an alert "course expired" prevented me from submitting it. the first semester is a few payments shy of being paid in full and I'm not able to continue "at my own pace" I highly recommend anyone considering Penn Foster research reviews!!

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018

Be very careful with this school. I thought I did my research on Penn Foster before enrolling, turns out I missed some key points. Here they are: 1.) I paid in full ($1,399) thinking it was for the ENTIRE cost of the program, because that is what I was lead to believe through the description of the program. Turns out, the $1,399 was only for the first semester, that's all. So I would have had to pay the $1,399 three more times in order to continue and complete the degree altogether. 2.) It is very difficult to contact instructors for help. I really only needed help for one assignment that kept being returned back to me and I couldn't figure out why. I could only find my instructor's name, but no way of contacting him. So I ended up asking a general "help" forum for the school of how to complete the assignment correctly. The response I received was very generic and was not helpful. I ended up completing the assignment from researching YouTube, Google etc for help. 3.) The proctored exams are extremely difficult and specific. Proctored exams have to be taken at a local community center or school where an instructor watches you to ensure you are not cheating or using an open book. You can take the proctored exam online, for a fee and your computer must be equipped with a microphone and webcam so they can watch you. The exam for animal A&P was ridiculously tetious. There was literally over 1,200 pages of reading material with hundreds of definitions that were expected to know in order to take the hour exam. The "community forum" page where students can ask fellow students about classes, were always full of students asking for study help with the exams and a few complaining that they were just unrealistic and too difficult for the amount of material. There was a couple students that I came across that stated that they failed the exams twice, which meant they had to retake and pay for the entire class over again. I even found a young lady's blog on the internet in which she wrote her experience with the animal A&P exams at Penn Foster. She already worked at a veterinary office and still described how her stomach sank when she opened up the exam and started reading the questions and how difficult they were. 4.) Penn Foster has a negative stigma to it. The state I live in accepts Penn Foster as an accredited school for Veterinary Technicians, however, this does not mean that employers will want to hire you if you graduated from Penn Foster. Because it is an online school, there is a very real stigma that the schooling must not be taught well and that students aren't going to be as prepared because there is no hands-on learning. As much as I hate to admit it, I agree with employers thinking this way. Basically, an online school just requires students to read and memorize material in order to pass the exams ( some exams you can even take multiple times until you get 100%), and employers know this; which is why a lot of them will not hire Penn Foster graduates. 5.) There are two externships required in the Veterinary Technician program. I did not make it to this point of having to do the externships, however in the "community forum" that I mentioned earlier, there were many distressing things made clear about completing this externships. Many students would either write about how difficult the paperwork was to get together, or that they had extreme difficulties finding a veterinary office that would 1. accept them as interns (because of the negative Penn Foster stigma) or 2. Penn Foster requires that the veterinary office performs specific types of skills the student needs to complete in order to fulfill the externship requirement. Please note that I am not writing this review as a bitter or disgruntled student. I am writing this as a warning to those considering Penn Foster for any program, but more specifically the Veterinary Technician program since I feel that it is one of their most popular programs. I thought I had done all my research needed, but turns out I hadn't. I would encourage prospective students to seek out what options they have in their area for schooling before choosing an online program. I have heard of many students that have completed online degrees, but have not been able to find work because employers will not hire an online degree graduate; that is something to seriously keep in mind. Penn Foster entices prospected students into enrolling because they advertise the flexibility of online schooling. In Penn Foster's defense, this is very true. You can basically choose whenever, day or night to complete your schooling and work at your own pace. Penn Foster also has open enrollment year round, meaning you don't have to wait for the "fall' or "winter" quarter to start your schooling, you can literally pay and start your studies immediately. But please don't let this distract you from the concerns that I have written above, or all of the concerns that many other students have written on similar sites. Like I stated in my first line, be very careful with Penn Foster.

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Degree: Personal Training
Graduation Year: 2004

I am not impressed at all with this school. Not only did it not prepare me accurately prepare you for the Personal training exam the administrative staff is rude, non helpful and won't even return phone calls! All they want is to separate you from your money! Stay away! The worst school ever.

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017

So not only was I not contacted by an advisor upon sign up, I never recieved any follow up at all. The "professor" was non existent. Theyve taken hundreds of dollars from me knowing ihavent gone online in almost 2 yrs STILL no one called me to follow up. The only time they ever called me was bc my debit on file was not in service anymore. Cancellation is a run around, i emailed on 2 occassions to cancel after paying off everything and it seemed as though they sent an automated message telling me I should stay in the program to "get the most from what youre paying" even tho i just paid it off. Now somehow I owe them more money. I had a terrible experience and will warn everyone the mess theyll be signing up for.

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