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

5.0 out of 5 stars
CJ - 9/30/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Kelsey - 9/29/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"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!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sara - 9/14/2017
Degree: Business
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!"
1.3 out of 5 stars
Christine Cates - 9/6/2017
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sally D. - 8/30/2017
Degree: Business
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ari - 8/24/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
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"
1.7 out of 5 stars
Cassandra - 8/3/2017
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Star Bright 1000 - 7/21/2017
Degree: Medical Office Administration
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
current student - 6/26/2017
Degree: Network Security
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"
4.3 out of 5 stars
BRUCE W HARTLEY - 5/20/2017
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."