Penn Foster College Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
(193 Reviews)
61% of 193 students said this degree improved their career prospects
65% of 193 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Steve T. - 1/2/2021
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2020
"I attended and graduated from Penn Foster College in the Criminal Justice program with both an associates and bachelors degree. After graduating with the associates in 2013, I transferred in approximately two years of credits and began a slow process towards achieving my bachelors. The reason why it took so long to finish (2020) was twofold: (1) I owned and operated a business that consumed 50-60 hours per week and (2) unfortunately my late wife contracted cancer and I became a caregiver to her for approximately one and a half years, spending a lot of time at the hospital. Penn Foster worked with me during this especially difficult time and allowed me to resume my studies and continue towards my goal, something my late wife wanted me to achieve. Without the self-paced aspect I would not have been able to achieve the goal I had set for myself. Whenever I had a question, staff was responsive and thorough. The course work was challenging, especially intermediate algebra, which I had to reteach myself from my high school days, and the first statistics course. But the courses were relevant and I gained knowledge and skills that I use almost daily. And this is coming from a law school graduate that began taking these courses as a way to satisfy continuing education, and became so interested in the subject matter that I made it my objective to get two degrees in. If you take Penn Foster's college work seriously, and you do the work without excuses, realize that you have to work at a college level, then you can succeed. Penn Foster College was a good experience for me and it can be for you as well."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Alexus Ballantyne - 12/11/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"Don’t fall for it. I signed up and didn’t like it at all. When I tried to cancel they said I still owe over $300. I’ve already paid $600 and completed zero courses and received zero materials. The semester itself is under $2k so why must I pay for half a semester of courses I didn’t take."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Anne - 11/12/2020
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2021
"I signed up with Penn Foster a few months ago on a whim. I had been looking at local schools and it was outrageous what the cost was for a simple certificate program. I stumble upon Penn Foster and signed up that day. After I signed up I found horrible reviews and was nervous that I had made a terrible decision. I'm happy to say that it wrong. I love this course and the online learning. Being a single mom it's great to work at my own pace and have no deadlines for assignments. I haven't had to reach out for help thus far and passed all my courses with an A or B. I'm very happy with the cost and information I'm receiving from my course and can't wait to finish it and become a certified medical biller and coder."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Kylee - 10/7/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"This school's testing is IMPOSSIBLE. I can't speak for other lines of study, but for the Veterinary Technician course it was absolutely ridiculous. As stated by another reviewer, there is a lot of content both in the online coursework AND in textbooks. Now, the length of the content isn't the entire issue. The biggest issue here is that they expect you to retain ALL information they give you. You are expected to learn sometimes 200+ terms and their definitions for just a single section. The questions for the tests and exams are just randomly picked from the entirety of the content they give you, so they set you up for failure. The questions are very random as well. You'll be tested on a whole system from bone structure, to parts of a cow's stomach, and then they'll ask you something arbitrary that seemingly didn't have much to do with anything. They are not flexible on grading either, and demand more money to retake these proctored exams. If you fail twice, they expect you to pay $400 to retake the same exact course that you've already paid for in full."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mmathapelo Maine - 9/29/2020
Degree: Vocational
Graduation Year: 2021
"I suspect Penn Forster College is a scam. I've sent several emails to withdraw from course but there has not been a response from this college. They are all about money and I advise anyone who plans to register with this college to think twice. Since my registration; I've not received any communication, mentorship, coaching or support from the college. I heard from them only when they addressed issues pertaining finances. I'm surprisingly at 23% but only completed one module out of seven and this is because their system is automated. The content of the course can be found for free on the internet so don't waste your money. THIS IS A VERY BAD COLLEGE."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Myeisha - 9/23/2020
Degree: Office Management
Graduation Year: 2020
"I just finished my certificate and I loved it. I completed my work as fast or slow as I wanted. If I did not do good on an assignment, I was allowed to retake it and try to do better. The tuition is also pay as you go. I paid $50 a month. One month I needed to cancel my payment and the representative deferred it for me. They also sent me emails giving me discounted opportunities on my tuition. All materials were relevant to the courses and program."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Diamond Landis - 9/22/2020
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2020
"If you want an actual education please continue your search. Penn Foster college is the most expensive scam I’ve ever fallen for. It’s impressive how well they disguise themselves as a school when in reality it’s a scheme to take your money and give you the most basic definition of an education they can provide. If you decide to settle for this joke, good luck to you."
3.4 out of 5 stars
Dan - 9/15/2020
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"BE AWARE!!! NEW YORK STATE STUDENT RESIDENTS - POSSIBLY OTHER STATES AS WELL! If you enroll and pay for the high school diploma program (over $1,000) under the mislead guidance that this will fulfill NY state requirements you are completely wrong. THIS WILL NOT FULFILL NY STATE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS. NY state also requires economics which is currently (year 2020) not a part of the Penn Foster HS Diploma Program. So you WILL NOT FULFILL NY STATE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS until you take economics as well. Which is an additional $400 and nearly half the cost of the entire Penn Foster HS Diploma Program. As of today (9/15/2020) Penn Foster, DESPITE MULTIPLE COMPLAINTS is MAKING NO EXCEPTIONS for their shortcoming and is demanding full price for the economics program. YOU WILL BE FORCED TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $400 OR ELSE YOUR CHILD'S NY STATE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA WILL BE HELD AT RANSOM! THIS IS ENTIRELY AND ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tonya - 7/20/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"I do not recommend this school at all. I have over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine. I wanted to enroll in a program to earn my credentials instead of being grandfathered in. BIG MISTAKE. Not only did I not get my degree, I missed the missed the window for a grandfathered RVT. The courses and material are great. The lessons are pretty well laid out but are almost impossible to test on. Lesson X gives you over 500 pages to read, the proctored exam has only 8-10 questions pertaining to those 500 pages! And chances are, if you read 495 pages of reproduction, the test question was "how many teeth does a piglet have?" If you have a question regarding your studies, might as well ask Dr. Google. The staff are clueless about what you are asking and make you feel incompetent for asking. When writing research papers, it takes FOREVER for them to be graded. The next class/portion of your studies will not be unlocked until you receive a passing grade. Biggest kicker, I completed my 4th semeter, 96% completed with this whole course. All i needed was my externship to obtain my degree. I could not find a large animal vet within 3 hours that will take on a Penn foster student. Reason? The ridiculous requirements of each skill. Each skill has to be performed numerous amounts of times. Some clinics don't see that many of the same case in the time frame you are asked to complete them! Don't give a skill/requirement if it is almost impossible to complete. Since I was unable to find a large DVM for me to complete my clinicals, my program expired. All that time, money etc....wasted. Im not saying I did not gain anything from taking these courses, but having known what i know now, I would have never spent the first dime. I am thankful that this profession allows on site training and teaches you more than any text book ever will. Good luck and best to all! T"
1.0 out of 5 stars
CAUTION!! DO NOT WAIST YOUR MONEY! - 7/1/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"What Penn Foster doesn't tell you is that once you graduate with your Veterinary Technician Degree, you are still NOT CERTIFIED. You just become eligible to take the CVT exam. The classes that you take are NOT accredited with other schools, even though they are accredited with AVMA-CVTEA. This means if you wanted to continue schooling you will have to retake the classes as they will NOT BE CREDITED. Do yourself a favor, go to a university that is accredited with AVMA and also by SACS (there are many universities that also offer this program online, which are accredited and also have FINANCIAL AID, which Penn Foster does not)."