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1 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2017

Avoid this school! I was in the Business Management program and I decided it wasn't for me and withdrew from the program. I understood that I would owe them some money for the coursework I took, but then I got a bill from them for $1300, the entire semester!? I referred back to the enrollment agreement which clearly stated that if you dropped out of the program after the first week, you would only be liable to pay for the courses you took. I only took one course! This was back in February. I have e-mailed them 23 times(seriously, no joke. 23 times!) and have called and called and when I am lucky enough that someone actually answers I get transferred back and forth between people and all they will tell me is "you owe $1300". Then the last time I tried to talk this out with somebody, they hung up on me! This is despicable behavior! I refuse to pay $1300 when I only owe just about $300 for the only course I took. They sent me to collections so now I have 5 calls a day coming in asking me about this debt. I explained everything to the debt collector and they even agreed that this wasn't right. Please do not attend. There are plenty of other affordable colleges. And to think I was going to re enroll into the Vet Tech program. I'm so glad I didn't!

1 out of 5
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Degree: Dental Assistant
Graduation Year: 2017

I am very dissatisified that I paid seven hundred dollars for a piece of paper. I haven't been able to find a job as a dental assistant because it's not accredited by the danb. All the employers laugh at my diploma because we have no experience when we are done. I would like a full refund because a piece of paper is not worth $700. I would not recommend this school to anybody but high school students. I feel it's a scam.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2017

I had a great experience with Penn Foster, I see so many bad reviews, I truly don't understand why. You must do your research before you sign up, just like you would do with any school, they have very specific curriculum details. With Penn Foster, you must be able to teach yourself and for many this can present a challenge however if you are not looking to invest a fortune on education this is the right school. Most of the work is self-pace and in some cases, they have teachers. There is always help available. If you fail an exam you can retake it. This is perfect for someone working full time. You must be organized and have a goal in mind. If you are looking to be in an online school with a classroom setting, working with class mates, in a competitive environment, having lessons instructed by teachers this is not the right choice. Like a mentioned before being able to teach yourself is a must, many see it as a challenge but in the long run is very rewarding. If laziness and procrastination are part of your life this is not for you. I have taken their Business Management course and I am already looking into enrolling on some of their other programs.

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1 out of 5
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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Graduation Year: 2018

Don't do it! I only did program for 1 week and decided to cancel- 6 months later they said I owe them $500 and it is now in collections. Never received a letter! No one ever told me about a closing cost! I'm going to report these fruds!!!!!!!!! Don't trust them

2 out of 5
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Degree: Paralegal
Graduation Year: 2016

My experience at Penn Foster Career School wasn't good I didn't like it the PHS wasn't like the PFCS it was so different they harassed me more at the career school then at the high school. And wasn't at all helpful, and when I told them, I couldn't pay them at that particular time. Kept calling me and the program was already hard as it was. I would never go back here for anything else. Plus the late fees sucks, I wish it weren't any late fees.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Graduation Year: 2009

I had a great experience taking the Medical Administrative Assistant course. It gave me the flexibility to both work, take care of my family and still be able to take online courses. It assisted me in becoming a Health Care Administrator. Loved it.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Graduation Year: 2018

IN SHORT, BE WARNED worst school to attend will not recommend SCAM COLLEGE worst customer service ever & very Unkowlagible to call student service minimum hold is 45 min to hr TO CANCEL YOUR DEGREE GOOD LUCK YOU PAY FULL AMMOUNT NO METTER WHAT DVDSVDS

4 out of 5
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Degree: Electrician
Graduation Year: 1975

I HAVE ATTENDED SEVERAL SCHOOLS DATING BACK TO THE EARLY 70'S. ONE OF WHICH WAS ICS. ICS FORRAN PENNFOSTER AT THE SCRANTON LOCATION. I GOT A JOB WITH RCA AT THE JET PROPULSION LAB AND COVERED 2 DEEP SPACE MISSIONS WHILE WORKING THERE. ALSO I CAN STATE UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT I HAVE SEVERAL DIPLOMAS FROM PENN FOSTER AND THEY CAN DOCUMENT THE FACT. PENN FOSTER IS NOT INADEQUATE IN ANY SENSE PERIOD. AS FAR AS POOR REVIEWS GO I FEEL THOSE THAT HAVE COMPLAINED ARE PROBABLY AN UNDISCIPLINED SERIOUSLY ACADEMICALLY DEFICIENT GROUP OF BABIES AND HAVE BEEN CAUGHT OFF GUARD THINKING LIFE A BREEZE WITH CREDENTIALS FROM PENN FOSTER EASILY OBTAINED. THIS IS NOT SO AND RIGHTFULLY. SORRY KIDDIES I THINK YOU NEED TO RETHINK YOUR ATTITUDES BECAUSE LIKE MICK JAGGER SAID "YOU CANT ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT". FINALLY, FOR ALL THE PROGRAMS I GRADUATED FROM AT PENN FOSTER THE FACULTY WAS SERIOUS, INTELLIGENT, AND RESPONSIVE IN GOING THE EXTRA MILE WITH ME. ALL THIS CAN BE DOCUMENTED.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Web Development
Graduation Year: 2017

Dont waste your time here, they let students fall through the cracks, dont offer help in finding externships and have horrible customer service. Also no Special Ed help or accommodations. Should be sued for not following IEP's. Success coaches dont follow up with students, nor do departments work together.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2017

Penn Foster is the biggest waste of time and money. I completed all of the lessons before the deadline of my program but they are horrible at working with the externship. I was hired on by Walmart pharmacy, I've been there for over a year working as a pharmacy technician, but Penn Foster refuses to give me my diploma because 1) I was getting paid to work there and 2) because it is Walmart. When I called to talk to the supervisor about my experience she talked over me and had a bad attitude as if I was an annoyance to her. I have learned so much from Walmart, they have given me the same knowledge that i'm going to get from any other pharmacy, but Penn Foster will not work with me. I am now out $705 because my experience came from Walmart and not CVS or Walgreens. Even if I were to get hired on by CVS they would still not except it because I would be getting paid. They will not let me graduate unless I work so many hours unpaid at one of their chosen pharmacies. Long story short, do NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY on these scammers. They do not care that you've been given the experience and education you need from a pharmacy, they just want your money. If I could warn every person even glancing at their programs I would.

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