Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (159)
Great online nationally accredited college. Penn Foster College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission which recognized by both US Dept. of Ed. and CHEA. I earned my bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Penn Foster College in May of 2017. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. After graduating I received a promotion at work and received a much needed pay raise. I'm very happy and satisfied with the education I received at Penn Foster College! I would highly recommend it!
So I thought about continuing my education with Penn Foster but was always hesitant. I have attended other online schools. What was appealing to me about Penn Foster was the cost and the idea of graduating with no debt. Also, their accreditation is recognized regionally and nationally by my employer. My experience so far has been great. Penn Foster puts everything you need right in front of you. The way the courses and online resources are set up are super user friendly, creating one of the most functional online learning environments I have experienced. I think it helps that I have had previous experience with online courses. I can imagine if a person hasn't, the independent nature of Penn Foster's learning environment may be difficult. But for me it is perfect. I am excited about school again because I can take my time, not feel so rushed, and not be bogged down with debt. Thanks Penn Foster!
Don't waste your time on this program. I went through their course for medical billing and coding. The course itself I thought did a decent job of explaining the codes, terminology and all, but is very minimal on the billing side. Also their interactive billing program was very frustrating. The system kept kicking me out and I would have to perform the task multiple times before I could submit that portion and it actually saved on their stupid system. By far and away the most frustrating part is actually getting to use this in the work force. The plain fact is that nobody is willing to give you even a thought, if you don't already have coding experience. Of course they wont tell you this. I completed the course and the CPC test. Got the certification. I figured that although I hadn't done coding, I have 15 years of claims experience working with these same exact codes day in and day out. Should be able to find a position pretty quickly. Here I am a year and a half later and after multiple applications, have not gotten even an initial interview from anyone. After calling some of these up after the position is filled, I have gotten the same answer from every one of them. Lack of actual coding experience. How the hell do you get the experience if somebody doesn't give you a chance right? The simple fact is there are other coders out there looking that have prior experience and they will get it every time over a newbie. Even one that has other experience with the same codes. After 1 1/2 years since passing the exam, and not having any experience as well, the longer it takes to get a position, the less likely you are to ever get one because you didn't finish your school last month and are probably "rusty on your skills". Don't waste your time getting suckered into this. I would say that you need to find a school that guarantees some kind of a job placement within 3 months or less after graduation.
This school absolutely awful. I am in my last semester. Took my finals in July and still awaiting to graduate because they are ridiculous with the large animal externship. It took me 3 months to find a large animal veterinarian to take me on for my externship. Not to mention some large animal vets that won't even take Penn Foster on do to their ridiculous requirements. I'm waiting and waiting for final approval to start my externship and every time they send my paperwork back and back. Even though I fixed it numerous times. I don't recommend this school to anyone!!!!
A very comprehensive program. Material was relatable to what skills i need in the workplace right now. Because of their partnership with the American Council of Education, i was able to transfer my credits to another program. I am a proud graduate of Penn Foster College
Don' t pay in advance - if you cancel they don't want to pay you back your money. They don't want to let you talk to the accounting department, to get an Account statement They stated: " The accounting department has no phone: I guess that is why they don't want to give your money back to buy phones for the accounting department. NEVER EVER PAY IN FULL
I did a lot of research to find the best school it took me about two years. With Penn Foster signing up wasn't a headache I was never harassed with phone calls asking me to sign up. My mom was diagnosed with esapageal cancer and I had to take care of her along with other things going on. I called up to ask for an extension and they give me the time I needed to catch up. I have worked in my field as a volunteer and I was able to learn a lot from it. By far this is the best program I have ever taken very well written out.
Not sure what all the negative reviews are about. Penn Foster is a good school and the course work is challenging. I would recommend Penn Foster to anyone. I did not have any problems with billing or getting my questions answered. The first semester is a bit of a learning curve figuring out the proctor exam's and everything, but once you learn how the system works everything is a breeze. I paid in full every semester, and since I did, I got a big discount. I also had a few college credits that transferred without a problem. This course work is challenging and you have to study and put in the work to get your homework and papers completed. If you are signing up because you think that Penn Foster will be simple, think again, you will have to do the work. Online learning is not for everyone, however, I really enjoyed learning online. I have my first degree down and will be starting my second in September 2017. If you choose to stick it out and work hard, you will be rewarded with a degree that is accepted at many different colleges and employers.
Please do not waste your time or money on this "school." It is a borderline scam. They refuse to cancel my enrollment after many conversations and they keep raising what I owe them, even though I didn't complete even 1/4 of the program. I am absolutely disgusted with their customer service and the unprofessional way they run things. Be cautious before you give them anything.
I began the online program with high hopes and lofty aspirations. However, I found it very hard to get a job. Employers laugh when they see my degree is from Penn Foster. I feel woefully inadequate and ill prepared for the work force. There were no instructors that could be easily reached and concerning the projects it was either if the I did them I passed or the projects were rejected on merits that were not discussed or taught in the course. The cost of the education is low and the quality of the education is also very low. Please reconsider for applying to attend classes at Penn Foster.