Penn Foster Career School Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (116)
I am enrolled in Penn Foster's Graphic Design program and so far I love it. Before choosing Penn Foster, I looked into other schools and found that the rest of them would have cost at least twice as much and that even other online schools had very inflexible scheduling options with fixed semesters and deadlines. As someone who works full time and has family responsibilities, Penn Foster was the only school flexible and affordable enough to work for me. I have never had to wait longer than a few days to receive shipments of course materials or to receive grades for my design projects. This is no diploma mill or scam. Penn Foster is accredited and you do have to submit projects for grading and take proctored exams in the degree programs. They have an online student community where you can reach out to instructors and fellow students if you have questions about your courses, so you are not totally on your own.
I must say I don't understand all of the negative reviews I have read. As with ANY school, you have to carefully read and make sure you understand the school's policies, terms and conditions regarding tuition payment, refunds, withdrawals, program completion time, etc BEFORE enrolling. Judging by the way some of the reviewers write and spell, it's no wonder they did not succeed at Penn Foster. If you are a self-disciplined, motivated person willing to work hard and study, then you can succeed at Penn Foster.
I decided to join Penn Foster's high school diploma program after I found out that I didn't receive enough credits when I was in high school years prior.. Being a mother and wife and in my early 30's going back to high school was out of the question and settling for my GED was out of the question for me...
So I started doing research and came across information on Penn Forster, at first I thought it was a scam but after contacting the college I wanted to attend I found out that they accepted high school diplomas.from the school and set my sights on actually obtaining my diploma...
Student services has been so wonderful and understanding, I came across a financial problem and was unable to pay my tuition they deferred two of my payments... I am so thankful for this school and the fact that with each exam I am one step closer to reaching my personal goal...
I dropped out when I was 16 and now at 22 I needed to find a solution. I could have gone for the GED but i just felt like Penn Foster was the one. I currently enrolled and finishing up.
All i can say is how awesome the program is. I cant wait to graduate and just get my diploma already. I am so happy for the second chance. I recommend the school so far for me its been a great experience. I heard a lot of negatives online before enrolling but so far with me its been very positive.
I started the Bookkeeping program in May and opted my payments to come out of my account each month. I had my first assignment start off online with no problem. After that, my first set of books came in about a week later. They even showed me when they shipped it off. I had four set of books total shipped off to me, but two of them had to be sent out a second time after not showing up for about month. I thought the course was good.
To me, I expected the program to get my foot in the door in the accounting world, but unfortunately I could not stay with the program due to financial reasons and had to email them to cancel my account. It took about 4 days for them to reply but they responded and deleted my account quickly. The only other problem I had was when I picked the start date for my account to be deducted, it only went out as far as 2 weeks. I figured it would go out a month, but I guess I missed that part in the contract, but other than that, I had no major problems with getting my stuff or pay problems. I hope to maybe finish it later, but for now I'll just have to wait.
I was ok with my course at Penn Foster until about 11 months in (the course is 15m total.) Suddenly, less than four months before my deadline, 11 additional study units were added to my course without any notification from the school at all, or an extension on my deadline. When I called student services to find out why students weren't being notified that there workload was increased by 25%, the response I got was "they'd have to send emails all day long." SERIOUSLY? It's amazing they can send out computer generated emails on a regular basis letting me know what my progress is, but they can't notify me when there are significant changes to my course outline? In addition to that, when I got to the first coding section all the materials were on backorder and I lost almost a week of study time before they arrived.
Every time that I have contacted student or education services during this course I have gotten very little guidance or help. I have also noticed numerous, and I don’t mean a few, errors in the study books – including wrong answers! I don’t feel that this course has in prepared me for a career in this field; I will most certainly need additional classes – and I will not take them through Penn Foster. There is evidently a reason their tuition is much less expensive than other schools; sometimes you get what you pay for.
Penn Foster is a great school! The Student Service Reps are friendly, and very helpful when I have questions. The payment plan is very helpful too, especially in this economy and how it is these days. I've only been with Penn Foster for about 3 months now, and almost finished with my courses. I love how they send you emails congratulating you on your work, and how it's going. recommend this school to anyone!
If you are young and looking for your typical "college" experience, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for convenient and thorough education without wanting to take out student loans, then come on in.
I am a single mom and I work over 50 hours a week to take care of my kids. I don't have the time nor the money to waste on frivolous schools or courses. I am also no longer in the position to finish my degree at the school I planned on attending, so I am beefing up my educational resume first with the SAC certification and then will move on to my AS until my kids are in school.
What's great about these programs is that they are at your own pace - I finished my coursework about a month after I started, which was about 6 months ago, but I am now just able to start working towards my externship.
They WILL stop your shipments/ability to access your materials if you do not pay. That is like expecting to be able to go into a restaurant and eat without paying. They are not "scam artists". They are a BUSINESS. They are a private, for-profit school, so, yes, they do want your money. Especially if you agreed to pay for their services. But what other accredited institution is going to allow you to get an associate's degree for less than 5k? Seriously? The best part is, they will take you no matter what your credit is or how many loans you have out for school. This is actually helping me to make more money to pay off my other student loans and to go back to school for my Master's Degree. I say, if you are dedicated and willing to actually work - and it IS work! - talk to an enrollment counselor. This is a great place to learn.
I am very pleased to say that Penn Foster is a great way to learn while already working in your field of choice. I am currently a certified technician and i recieved my diploma through penn foster! The program outlined for you is awesome! I am currently attending for med coding & billing to expand my horizon. Researching, and study materials can be found throughout the internet i.e youtube, wikipedia, as well as resources & library provided online from Penn Foster. GREAT SCHOOL! THANKS PENN!
I do recommend this school. I have never been harrassed. I receive all books on time. It's all at my own pace. The info in the books are deff. what I need to do the job as a travel agent. Why I say you get what you pay for is because it is just that. This is very inexpensive. With that being said it is for a reason. You are teaching yourself. Yes your supplied all of the books and aids, but you are teaching it to yourself. Yes you can call and ask for clarafication from an instructor and they will explain. It is much better than paying the crazy price that most all other online schools charge you to do the same thing! That is to teach yourself.
If you feel you don't need to be in the classroom then this is a great way to go. The real training in whatever job you do will ulimatly be gained on the job. With this program you will the tools, the knowledge to be able to understand what your doing when you finally get to do it.
I just finished my first semester in the Graphic Design program and while I will say the school is not for everyone I absolutely love it. See I have a newborn and a full time job so it is perfect for me. I finished my first semester in less than 2 months, not because it was easy but because I worked really hard. I took 2 semesters in Graphic Design at a local community college a few years ago and I will say that when it comes to learning the software (ex. Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver) I have learned a ton more at Penn Foster than I did at the other school.
All the shipments of the materials only took a few days to do. All my projects were graded within 24 hours of submitting them and my proctored exams were graded within 7 days of sending them in. I would definitely recommend this school. When I am done with my degree I will be getting my certificate in Photography.