Penn Foster Career School Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
(155 Reviews)
45% of 155 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 155 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Optic Data - 7/23/2019
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2019
"Absolutely the worst school experience I have ever been a part of. I had to become home schooled in my final semester of high school, and as I had all my credits except English, I had to take online classes at Penn Foster. That was a horrible decision. It took me until late July to do 16 assignments. I checked every day for the teacher to review my grade, but it took almost 2 weeks for them each time. I could not go to my graduation today because that. I would not recommend a single person to use this school."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kat Jones - 7/12/2019
Degree: Hospitality Management
Graduation Year: 2019
"I started the Travel and Tourism program in July of 2019 and it took me a little less than a month and a half to complete program. I've read other reviews saying the material is outdated, but I don't have that problem with the Travel and Tourism program. Everything seems up to date and I did actually learn alot. It is self pace and they give you a year to complete the program or you'll have to pay extra, and I was told this the day I started the program, to which they give you 6 days from enrollment date to cancel if you want to. I wouldn't say it was super easy or very hard but in the middle of both, you will need to take notes and study. They have tons of resources available in your student portal also to help if you get stuck on something. The only con i would say is trying to get a hold of someone thru email, I would recommend just calling them, and I've never had and issues when I needed to call. I know everyone has different opinions on the good, but I had a great overall experience with them."
1.0 out of 5 stars
jim Nader - 6/19/2019
Degree: Electrician
Graduation Year: 2019
"DO NOT make the same mistake I did. The course will not prepare you at all for this trade. I learned a ton more from other sources. Penn Foster Appliance training is considered a joke by appliance repair technicians. Don't waste your time or money. Also, the 6 day "no questions asked" refund. You will have to fight to get it."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Melanie - 6/17/2019
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2020
"I just wanted to jump on here and give my input on Penn Foster. Before you start any program, make sure you research the requirements and particularly if you need certification or licensing that the governing body in your state will accept Penn Foster education. Also, the Program/Classes for certain certifications need to match the requirements of the certifying agency, so double check before you go. They do offer certification for a Penn Foster billing and coding certificate, but its through the NHA and as someone else mentioned, you can go to the AAPC for certification. You WILL NEED the AAPC cert in order to get a job. No one will employ you for a coding job with just the diploma unless you get extremely lucky. I chose Penn Foster because of the cost and that it will prep me to sit for the coding exam. No, it doesnt look as good as UC San Diego/SDSU on my resume, but it also wont cost me thousands of dollars. The school and classes are VERY self-paced. To date, they do not have the discussion area, but Flickr has a group Penn Foster Proud (The admins are Penn Foster -- they own the group) that isnt very active right now, but if we can get enough students over there it will be a great resource: https://www.flickr.com/groups/pennfosterproud/ Ask yourself if you are willing to complete the course in the time that they allot to you. Keep in mind that they are far more lenient than any community college or university when it comes to completing your classes. If you dont return to a regular State uni/college class, you receive a W or most likely a fail. On the down side, national accreditation DOES NOT transfer to most state colleges or universities. Ignore anyone that tells you otherwise. Before you start classes that have internships, see if you can lock in your internship WELL BEFORE you need it! These are unpaid, and most places would love to have you. I would recommend Penn Foster. The main reason that I like it is that it provides access to education to most people. You need to be willing to put in the work. I am just to HIPAA in my studies and there is a lot to learn that is challenging. I'd also see if you can find out the state or other certification learning requirements so you have a study guide when you finally take your exams. Also keep in mind that for most exams there is a fee, and for Medical Coding the books update annually, so it's best to take this exam the same year that you graduate, and you should make it a point to graduate in the recommended timeframe. Penn Foster also has a notification to this effect on the site for this cert. For anyone discouraged or wanting to give up, please dont cheat yourself out of this opportunity, but also realize that you will have to work hard for your degree, and will also likely have to work hard to find employment too. Good luck everyone and join us at https://www.flickr.com/groups/pennfosterproud/!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Teslimat - 6/6/2019
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2019
"It is very ridiculous that after I cancelled a course that did not meet my needs with this school, never received a diploma and paid about $700, my account was put into collections and I was told I owe over $1000. It makes no sense that you are compelled to pay this school even after your diploma was not completed. This school is a fraud!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Gloria - 5/29/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"Enrolled my son so he could get his High School Diploma. They lied to me right from the beginning. Registered and took advantage of some of the savings they offered, but because they lied to me had to withdraw my son. When i called to cancel and tell them why, they wanted to speak to my son as he had since turned 18, even though it was my bank they were withdrawing the money from. When my son got on the phone the rep said, so your going to cancel? My son said yes, and he said, well guess your not getting a diploma then! He then informed my son we would owu more money to them for canceling and without giving my son a chance to say anything, he hung up the phone! I would not recommend this online joke to anyone!! They will just tell you what you want to hear to get your money! Find somewhere else to get your education. Nothing but liars and money grabbers here!!!"
3.5 out of 5 stars
Corinne - 5/20/2019
Degree: Landscape Design
Graduation Year: 2019
"My only critique of this school would be that they advertise as a "go at your own pace" online school, which I thought was great because my job has random hours/days off and I have a busy schedule. I signed up and paid it off early so I could save some money with the promotions they offered. About a year later I had a lot going on and I still hadn't finished my course, only to get an email from Penn Foster saying I had to pay $100 to renew my course for another 6 months which I didn't see ANYWHERE when I was reading about the school/program. That part was very misleading and they should really emphasize that yes, this is go at your own pace, BUT you should complete within a year to avoid additional charges. They really need to be more transparent about added costs. Just letting anyone know who might be interested in taking a course here because I wish I would have known that."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dawn - 5/18/2019
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2020
"Current 2019 student, I find the student portal extremely well put together. This is a 100% self taught course - self paced course. You have 12 months to complete the coursework and then the option to extend your studies twice for additional time for an extra fee if you need to. This is common in most online certificate courses regardless where you go. Is it easy to cheat, well yes but why would you? You are just cheating yourself and i guess this is where your morals would come in. There is help via the student portal via facts and questions, instructor outreach and social community groups. I have found the social groups to be the most viable of all. The contract was clear in black and white, read what you are signing and understand, ask questions. I have found no promise after completion of career assistance or placement, may have been removed prior to my enrollment. The course is difficult and challenging especially if you have no medical background. Take initiative, use study supplements and outer resources along with the course. Upon course completion you get a free voucher to sit for the NHA CBCS exam and / or can sit for the CPC (You Pay) via the AAPC. If you do not have at least 2 yrs prior coding experience to the exam you will receive a CPC-A until your 2 yrs on hands experience is completed. I highly advise doing the AAPC Plexicode classes in addition to your course. This not only gives you real world on hands experience but it eliminates 1 of the required CPC- A years. Know before you sign what type of learner you are, and if you learn better by instructor, traditional classroom settings then this is not for you."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Angie A. - 4/25/2019
Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2014
"So let me just start off by saying this is not your traditional institution. This place is self-serve. You do the work yourself and if you want positive results your going to have to work it out yourself. The staff here do not help you. In the program that I was in you are graded by the computer. No teacher. No homework. Nada. You learn on your own. There is no guaranteed career help and job placement. Theyre just telling you lies to get you to pay. This was money wasted that I couldve used towards my actual college tuition. But, oh well. You live. You learn. Just dont make the same mistake. Really do your research before you make a decision wherever you decide to go."
1.8 out of 5 stars
AnnaNicole - 3/27/2019
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2012
"I took the Medical Billing and Coding program and honestly, I don't recommend it. I took a course previous to this at another school and that's the only thing that helped me. This course is very very hard, someone who has never had exposure to medical codes and the books would be totally lost. I was able to finish in 3 months only because I had exposure to the content previously. I wanted to get a diploma thinking it would get my foot in the door at medical offices but it's done anything but. If you want to get a job even as a medical receptionist you'll need to be nationally certified as a coder to really stand out. This diploma isn't what you're looking for. My biggest issue was I'd get high grades on my tests but the teachers grading them would mark answers wrong that were right. I'd call and justify my answers and they'd correct it but, over all it just wasn't the kind of experience I'd want anyone else to go through. I really wouldn't recommend this school I'd say go to an actual school or college and get the hands on experience because this course as far as the coding part goes, a first timer would fail miserably. The coding is way too advanced for an online school especially when you can't have in person help. Lastly, at the time I went they claimed to offer career placement but that never happened."
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