Penn Foster Career School Reviews

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46% of 157 students said this degree improved their career prospects
46% of 157 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 9/10/2014
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"I completed the program and made my monthly payments. I never received my certificate and was later told that I could not have it until I paid in full. I am a single mom and fight to stay ahead and this career was supposed to help me achieve that. THEY ARE RIDICULOUS!!!"
worst investment next to a brand new car!!!
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2014
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"The school is a scam. There is no admittance process. They allow anyone in as long as you pay. The professors all seem like automated responses saying look in the study material. When you loose interest and try to cancel you school GOOD LUCK GETTING ANY MONEY BACK!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2014
  • Degree: Education
"I just enrolled in the Penn foster program and so far so good.I enjoy getting my education on my own time.I have been seeing alot of negative talk about this school but 9 times out of 10 most people will write a bad review just because of a slight misunderstanding they had with a Instructor...etc. Me personally I just want to get me education and further my career in what I love to do in the Healthcare field .and I feel by me being enrolled with penn foster onlince classes will most definently help me.every time I call with a question or in need of help with a subject I have always received Great services.I would most def recommend penn foster to anyone that really wants to educate them self."
William Warman
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2014
  • Degree: Veterinary Science
"I enrolled in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program. I was given about a five minute tutotial on how to use the site, how to do my classwork, etc. over the phone and then left for dead. Webinars? I didn't even know those were part of the course until I was e-mailed to let me know I was severely behind on them. Not once in nine months did I have a silibus to explain the course and what's expected; an e-mail or mailing to let me know how the course worked; any interaction with an instructor... unless you count the webinars I finally figured out how to use. I don't. Most webinars are continuously cancelled, especially the required ones. The material is out of date. The website is a joke. Yes, let's make a social media site instead of an operational education site. MOST universities will not accept transfer credits from Penn Foster, and Penn Foster accepts very few transfer credits from other universities. The worst part for me though was Penn Foster's Student Care Department. If you call as a prospective student you get to speak someone right away. If you call as a current student you wait roughly 15-30 minutes on hold before speaking to someone who tells you they can't answer your question but they will have thier supervisor call you back at their convenience. Even if you offer to hold for a supervisor, they're ALWAYS in a meeting. If you go online and try to chat through thier Student Care chat the representative just spams the hours to call Student Care... who tells you they can't help you but they'll have someone call you back... who never does. It was infuriating. And all I wanted to do was change degrees. If you're considering going to school online look into your local community colleges, technical school, or universities. You might pay a little more but trust me it's worth it! I would only use Penn Foster again as a last resort. Maybe if all the schools in the world closed except for Penn Foster... but only then."
Over charged again by Penn Foster...
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2014
  • Degree: Small Business Management
"Penn Foster will randomly add on charges to your balance and there is nothing you can about it. Because if you decide to withdraw from the school, you will still have to pay and your balance will go to collections and be reported. I left Penn Foster for mistreatment from the Math department, they were very unprofessional and rude. I came back 9 months later after being promised they had a new tutoring system online. I was told my previous balance would be combined with my new balance and I could pay it off with extended payments. Not True!! The amounts were never combined. Penn Foster added on extra fees for the previous balance and I found out later that if I had paid the collection company, I would have saved $350. Penn Foster charged the full amount and the fees they paid the Collection company and added on 'other fees'. I came back to better my life and was willing to take responsibility for my debt, in doing so, Penn Foster continues to increase my old debt and refuses to work with me. I regret coming back to Penn Foster and if you can afford to go anywhere else, I would. You get what you pay for. Penn Foster is a cheap school, in more ways than one."
  • Reviewed: 6/16/2014
  • Degree: Business
"Three years ago, I received my certificate for pet grooming. When it was time to get my business management degree, Penn Foster was my first choice. I am still working on the associates degree, but I love being able to learn on line and not actually have to attend classes. The courses are very easy and self explanatory and keep me challenged as I advance. I feel that the opportunities that will open up in my future are huge! Thanks Penn Foster"
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2014
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"I enrolled at Penn Foster in November 2013, and love it. Signing up was easy and very helpful. The website is very easy to get around.We are currently enrolling our daughter in a community college in our town and the sign up on there website is not clear and the staff at the school are not very helpful. It makes me appreciate how nice of a school Penn Foster is. I have been in the medical field and work for a well known company in my town for 14 years, and with my program have learned so much. The program is helping me do things more accurately and also has shown me in areas I could improve with my professionalism. After I finish my program I had plans to in enroll in our community college here, but after the problems I have had with my daughter's sign and my good experience I have had with Penn Foster. I will enroll in the degree program with Penn Foster with no question."
Penn foster student
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2014
"I thought Pennfoster would be the perfect school for me. So far it has been ok. I feel they don't care about their students. I have not received books for any courses in about 8 months. I am a single mom of two kids working hard to make a better life for my kids and I. It would be helpful if they actually would help me complete the program . I struggle to make the payments while taking care of a disabled child and a toddler by myself. They have made it harder for me to complete the courses due to not having any materials to study."
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2014
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
"Even though Penn Foster is cheaper then other school their services are horrible. I graduated in January 2014 it is now March 2014 and I still have not received my needed materials but when it came to taking my money they had no problems. The workers keep giving you the run around putting you on hold for hours. I requested my materials 3 times and they found no record of it saying we will send it allow more time and here I am almost 3 months later still waiting for my stuff so I can work."
  • Reviewed: 4/26/2013
  • Degree: Vocational
"I am very pleased with the education I recieved from Penn Foster. I had dropped out of high school and was worried that I would not be able to obtain a decent job, so I looked at my options. Getting a GED was okay, but my sister, who was working in human resources at the time, told me that when they get an application with a GED on it they toss it, so I decided to look at distance education. Penn Foster was the way to go. They did not accept transfers of credit from my old high school but I called my old school and asked them if they would accept transfers from PF and they said yes, so I did the last two credits that i needed with Penn Foster and sent the transcripts to my school and I got my diploma :)The classes were super easy. I completed the entire civics course in 4 days, with the online material (I got the printed material a few days after I completed the course) and the English course required that I read about 7 books and take a test on them, I took my time with that one because I was in no hurry, but when they sent me a letter saying that the time I had to complete the course was almost up I got on the ball and finished it within a couple of weeks.The communication was great, They don't hassle you at all, but they do let you know important things (i.e. running out of time) Overall, I would definately recommend Penn Foster to anyone and hope that they have as wonderful an experience as I had. I will definately be using Penn Foster again in the future."
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2013
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Hey! I started with Penn Foster a few months ago. I really like it. Penn Foster provides great course outlines and study guides as well as text books. On the other hand, the instructors are horrible at communicating. I will call them seeking guidance, they say they will call me back right after they get off the phone with someone else and it never happens. The instructors do not follow through on their part. They do not get the job done. That is very critical with education- having great communication with instructors and teachers.I am disappointed in Penn Foster. I am also disappointed in some of the people who make bad comments about other students' reviews. Saying things like, "Everyone who comes on here to complain has poor writing skills!"People use this site to complain when they have bad experiences or when they believe that their concerns have gone unnoticed. When the school fails to do its job, student will feel like they have been screwed over. Some times we do not ALL have these bad experiences. Every person experiences different situations.When a person is very upset, it is way easier for them to make stupid mistakes in their writing and speaking. So, people who make rude comments about other reviews are just showing their own ignorance as well. This is so much fun for me, seriously.I am so bored right now and honestly have nothing better to do at the moment. I do really like Penn Foster, but the school really has its problems! Then again, it's not a perfect school. There will always be problems everywhere you go."
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2013
  • Degree: Automotive Technology
"I enrolled in the Automotive Technician program. I enrolled in this program knowing very little knowledge about engines and I can honestly say that I can probably build an engine starting from scratch.The lessons were very detailed and made to store information in your mind. Nothing beats hands on training but I believe that this program was very useful. Covering the basic mechinicans and safety all the way to auto electronics. How this program works is they teach you two specific system in a vehicle(2 lessons) and then a 3rd final lesson over those 2 first ones.Very useful way of fully understanding it. I recommend this program for someone interested in mechanical engineering and fully teaching you the basics to get an entry level auto job. The instructors were very polite and helpful as well. Worth the time, worth the money."
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2013
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"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."
  • Reviewed: 10/25/2012
"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..."
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2012
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2012
  • Degree: Substance Abuse Counseling
"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."
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2012
"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!"