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
Dont waste your time - 5/11/2017
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
C - 4/25/2017
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dupped by Penn Foster - 3/31/2017
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2014
"Their Medical Billing and Coding program is a seft taught program. Penn Foster just gives you a book and study materials. There is no teacher interaction at all. The only time you can reach a teacher is when you have to contact one. It takes the teacher a week to get back in touch with you. After realizing this is was a self taught program, if you stop paying for something that you were not getting, they demand the rest of the payment. Of course they have the one-sided agreement, but contracts are really only valid when it benefits both parties. This is the worst scam to be experienced. Especially when they place negative information on a credit report and refuse to delete it after making more money by selling the account to a collection agency. Money they definitely did not earn. No justice, no peace! Please attend a local community college for your career quests. At least you will have a recognizable degree and a teacher. I did not graduate due to the fact that I had no teacher."
2.3 out of 5 stars
ralp - 3/16/2017
Degree: Plumbing Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
"Over priced i received a lot of useful study material and a small set of pipes to play around with. Other than the extensive code book reading, I did find the general plumbing course very helpful once i hit the streets. In no way does this school come close to A career/trade school, simply NO HANDS ON. The Plumbing trade is hands on and the ability to work with what tools you have... what my boss/owner a master plumber told me from the start.. Knowledge wise there probably are cheaper courses in backflow certifications and or states contractor labor union board programs that involve real plumbing career building. Seriously spend the 800 in tools, you will need them just to be able to work and/or get your states asbestos or contractor test which is starting around 300. AND unless you want carpal tunnel from digging 8 hrs a day because you took an online course with no hands on skill training. I dont recommend this career path...I have 2 degrees from THE cal state univeristy system and was a plumber during college, this does not prepare you, you can't practice on clients homes or commercial offices. LUCKY I HAVE OTHER CAREER CHOICES. Although plumbing is a love/hate affair i probably wont ever need one for most of my house chores"
4.3 out of 5 stars
Lynne Epps - 2/18/2017
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"it was good and great classes. This school helped me get my C.D.A. kin under 3 months. Teachers were always available when needed. the classes worked on my time an everything was mailed out on time.  The best part is the other students were always willing to help and ask when needing help."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Shark - 2/1/2017
Degree: Private Investigator
Graduation Year: 2012
"First of all, studying online is a great advantage and opportunity for multiple reasons. Depends on the individuals who choose to study. I am a previous student at Penn Foster, graduate from there High School and Career program. It was the best investment and decision i made in years. This school programs are more effective then any other institutions in history. Whatever you put into the study is what you receive. I learn so much through Penn Foster studies and still learning as well as reviewing my previous studies. I will never let them go, You have to be self motivated, focus, high well power and most of all discipline. For these students to make such negative comments on there reviews about Penn Foster programs or school, there something wrong with them. Penn Foster got some excellent books, studies and Faculty. The books got some of the most updated powerful information that you can recovery and very private information that most school won't reveal. The learning is great! It's all up to the individual who interested in learning. Only one complaint with this school. They should accept financial aid."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Who cares - 1/17/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017
"School is the biggest joke and scam ever. If I didn't invest time and money I would of dropped long ago. Worst online school ever. All they care about is money and more money. Professors half read your assignments and fail you when material is there that's asked, IRS pathetic and a waste of time. I could of paid less taking this program for 800 at one of the most respectable vet offices in my state. Not spend over 3,000 and can't even find a place to do my hours. Smh"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Aimj - 12/15/2016
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2016
"This is the worst school EVER! They changed their "policy" mid way through my classes, that was retroactive to my start date. I was not allowed the option of continuing or leaving the program, I was told that I was just out of luck and they could do whatever they wanted. I requested that they cancel my enrollment and they refused. It took over an hour of being yelled at, hung up on and just in general being treated horribly before they canceled my enrollment. Now all the work I have already put in over the 9 months and the money that I have spent is all for nothing. Not to mention that their material is so outdated! None of what I had been "taught" was new or relevant information to my schooling. Just all around awful! The tests are confusing and hard to understand. I was able to manage a 100% grade average and I still could not tolerate their new policies. Just not right!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
R Hale - 11/29/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Penn Foster is a great school,the reviews I read on here are frightening.I decided to try Penn Foster for myself , I transferred my credit to my school but I'm sure everyone experiences are different.Thank you Penn foster for making education convenient for full time working women."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Nadja G. - 11/16/2016
Degree: Paralegal
Graduation Year: 2014
"Frankly, Penn Foster has some of the most low-class staff ever! I attended this school for only three weeks before noticing a major problem. In addition, their real estate paralegal program sucked and did not help me in my career. Also, I really do not understand why so many people wanted to defend bad schools like this one. Unlike Ashworth college, they give you back your money if you are disgusted with their school. So, I would say people dealing with them such do so with extreme caution."
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