Penn Foster Career School Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (119)
Penn Foster was not what I had hoped for. It started out ok, but I was hoping to get more hands on equipment sent to work on instead of a carburetor and a mini wrench. Didn't really learn a whole lot that I couldn't have learned from youtube or a book from Menards. They didn't send out a text book or have any videos to watch even. Really was hoping for more. You get what you put in for the most part with the online/correspondence programs, but this one didn't give me as much to work with as another school I attended. Plus the online dashboard is outdated and cumbersome.
I feel I need to write a review on the Penn Foster small engine repair diploma course. First of all, I'm a retired federal engine/diesel mechanic technician with a total of 25 yrs experience. The diploma course with Penn Foster is a very good detailed course to prepare an individual in the field of Outdoor Power Equipment. Be in mind though, that if you simply just take the book course and do not follow along with an engine, tools, carbs, etc then you will be cheating yourself. You must apply what you learn while moving along with the online book portion of this course. If you do apply what you are learning and repeat it a few good times including using the special tools such as calipers, micrometers gauges, etc, then you will be a solid technician who is ready to take the OPE certification test. Good course with clear instruction and photo's with materials.
I attended Penn Foster as a way to better my career and I have to say I absolutely loved it. I studied to become a Home Health Aide and passed the course with a B+ average. The course was very detailed and clear and I had no problem understanding the material. After the online portion was complete I applied for positions as a Home Health Aide to complete my externship (which I'm currently still doing). Also, the instructors were are very nice and helpful as I reached out to them on several different occasions with questions. I reccomened this school for anyone looking to become a HHA.
These people are thieves. They took my money (PAID IN FILL) and refuse to let me restart my program. I started in 2014 and got extremely sick and am just now well enough to continue. Its supposed to be work at your own pace, totally false advertising. I called to restart my program and was told that all I needed to do was get a new student ID number. They gave me a new number and when I tried to login, it said I owed them ANOTHER $1400. They refuse to give me full credit for what I have already paid. DO NOT give them your money...go to a REAL school.
Great program. It is perfect for someone like me who also works a full time job. You DO have to be responsible, self-motivated and disciplined to study on your own. It's at your own pace so you'll fall behind if you're a procrastinator or need someone else to constantly urge you to study. You need to be able to schedule study time and commit to it. You need to be a self-learner but also know when you need to ask for help or clarification. There's always plenty of help, resources and support though if you need it. (instructors, study groups, community boards, etc) You just have to take the initiative and make the effort to look for or ask for it. No one's going to lead or babysit you. You have to pay your tuition or you won't get your diploma until you do. In other words, you have to be accountable for your financial committment. Pretty simple concepts. Do your research. Know what is required for your particular path or goal. In my case, during my studies I need to also complete hands- on externship hours in an actual accredited Veterinary practice. In my state you also need to graduate from an AVMA accredited degree program in order to then take (and must pass) the State exam, to become a certified Vet Tech. Penn Foster's Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology meets this requirement. Like I said, you need to do your research, know what's required and be prepared to meet those requirements. If you need to be coaxed, guided and led through every step, the online method may not be for you. If you can commit and guide yourself, and seek help and/or clarification when needed, you'll do fine. You have to truly learn the material. After all you have to know it to pass the State Exam. In any of the negative reviews I've read it appears quite obvious that the person failed to meet one or more of the "requirements" to success.
DONT GO HERE! Worst school. I ended up withdrawing because I did not like going online. I went back to the community college I had previously been going to. Still paying off the $1400 I owed Penn Foster for taking 4 classes there. I did a payment plan because I could not afford to pay all at once. When I finished out schooling at my CC, and starting applying to Universities, you have to send in your transcripts from previous schools. When I called Penn Foster to request transcripts, they wouldn't even talk to me about them until I paid the 400 I still owed on my account. So, I had to figure out some way to round up $400 because theres no way I was going to transfer without those transcripts. Finally got the money, paid off my balance, and was broke for weeks. I requested and paid for my transcripts, one copy to me and 4 copies to various other colleges and none of them were received. I spent $70 on transcripts, plus the $400 I owed to not get anything. I have had to call them about 30 times, each with a hold of about 15mins till someone picks up, and I continuously get different answers from each person. When I originally called to withdraw from the program no one ever warned me that I was not going to be able to get transcripts, etc. I am currently waiting to get a call back from a supervisor at the school because the student help center will not help me because I am no longer a student, and no other department is able to tell me what is happening. If this does not get resolved, I won't be able to ever attend a 4 year institution because they won't even look at my application without those transcripts. On top of all of this crap I have had to put up with, when I was actually attending the school, calling anyone at the school was a complete bear. You're on hold and transferring all of the time. The online website was under maintenance a lot. I never felt like I really learned much either because quizzes barely covered 1/5 of the material and you had multiple chances not the test and they would give you the right answers the ones you got wrong, even though it was already an open book exam. The school isn't even accredited!! When you go to get a job in the field no one wants to hire yo because they know how easy it is to get through the school and you don't have any experience! You're practically laughed out the door. WISH I COULD GIVE ZERO STARS!
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!
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.
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.
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