Penn Foster College Reviews - Accounting

2.7 out of 5 stars
(8 Reviews)
80% of 8 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 8 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
RACIST, PERIOD. - 6/13/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"Please don't waste your time money or energy. Once they find out about your ethnicity they will start to discriminate. Not sure if it's the entire school or just he staff. I'd say, if the faculty is aware, something should be done. However, instructors are very prejudice and will have no sympathy, nor compassionate about issues at hand. If no one says anything, they will continue to allow mistreat and unjust towards the paying student, while allowing you believe you'er advancing then knock you down by helping you quit, by talking down on you. - (No remorse - No alternatives). Leaving you to believe that you are a failure! I will continue to climb the latter to the highest degree of escalations until they are fully investigated and this problem gets resolved. The two of the main people are Donna Evans and Russel Dayy (not sure if they are husband & wife, but there's definitely something fishy going on). I did not think this behavior actually still exist."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sara - 7/11/2018
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018
"Whatever you do, dont pay upfront. I already have a B.S in business, so some of my courses counted towards the accounting certification, leaving me with almost a $500 credit on my account with Penn Foster. I understand I signed a waiver to not receive a cash refund, but they will not even allow the credit to be used towards an extension, which they use as a selling point when applying and I called and spoke to someone about prior to submitting the courses that qualified as a transfer and was told I could use it towards the extension if needed. Now I have to pay $95 for the extension if I want to complete the program. Plus the $500 they already get to keep. In the end, they a get extra $600 from the original price. Go somewhere else if you dont want to be ripped off."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Jasmine - 2/9/2017
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"The courses were ok, the teachers weren't that helpful. I was trying to transfer my credit and they can't transfer because of Penn Fosters accreditation. So now the Accounting classes I took here were a waste of time and my money because no one will accept them. So the school I'm going to I basically have to start the program over. And you can't claim your out of pocket expenses to get credit for this school because they don't participate with the IRS. Not happy at all."
5.0 out of 5 stars
BAK_WI - 11/13/2016
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"I started with Penn Foster back in 2009 for my Associate Degree in Accounting. Due to some family circumstances, I had to take a break (I was about half way through). No problem stopping my studies, they did not hound me. I paid what I owed (for what I had already completed which is completely fair, which some people do not seem to get). I re-enrolled in early 2015 and received appropriate credit for the courses I completed earlier. I put my nose to the grindstone and graduated in February 2016. Many people are giving Penn Foster bad reviews. I'll address a few things. 1. Some careers are just not a good fit for online learning. I would say anything that is a hands-on job (vet tech, nursing dental assistant, diesel mechanic, etc). This just seems like common sense. However their business type programs are perfect. 2. Some people are simply not suited to online learning. Maybe because they think it'll be a breeze. Actually, it's a lot harder that classroom learning. You have to be disciplined. Some people need more one on one interaction with an instructor. I prefer to learn on my own. All throughout my coursework, I only had to reach out to an instructor maybe twice. The material is very self-explanatory. If you do need to speak to an instructor, you just need to know what channels to go through. You can email, or you can call too I believe. There is also an online community forum where I've gotten answers to questions by searching. The response may not be instant. Be patient. If you're constantly having questions, online learning is not for you. I tend to figure things out on my own. 3. Accreditation. DO YOUR RESEARCH before you enter a program with them. If you plan to transfer credits, most brick and mortar schools won't accept them. This is not because they are not a "real school". Traditional brick and mortar schools are threatened by online colleges because they take money out of their pockets. DUH. So OF COURSE they are going to make it difficult for you to transfer those credits to them. I can't believe more people don't realize this. As quoted from their website: "Penn Foster College is nationally accredited. This form of accreditation means that Penn Foster has met the high standards required by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency." So if you know you are going to need to transfer credits, check it out with the school you will want to transfer to first (and tell them what an idiot they are, and how greedy they are, if they will not). I knew going in there was no reason for me to need to transfer credits. I received my degree and I am happy with the program. Reminds me of the whole argument about doctors not acknowledging that chiropractors can provide real health benefits. Even though it's proven and have learned myself that they can treat some things better than doctors, the chiropractors are taking money out of the doctors' pockets, and the doctors are p*ssed off about it. 4. Employers "accepting" Penn Foster diplomas. I work in a multi million dollar company and am part of the hiring process. If a company will not accept a degree from Penn Foster, they are lazy and have not done any research other than what they hear from those traditional brick and mortar colleges (and rumors). Having been through the program, I know that to succeed, you have to do the work, and it is not easy (unless you cheat, in which you are only hurting yourself, and is possible in any college setting - the school is not to blame). I wouldn't want to work for a company that is that conceited and ignorant. Unless you're wanting to work for a Fortune 500 company, this is a non-issue unless you come across an incompetent hiring manager. 5. Finances. No you cannot get financial aid. So if you need that, this is not for you. Know that going in that it's not an option. There; quit whining about that. My husband went to school for a ONE YEAR HVAC degree and we'll be paying for that for 10 years. I paid as I went, and graduated with no debt. The monthly payments were less than what my husband's student loan payments are. Yes, the payments are generally laid out to last longer than the program is, and you will not get your degree until paid in full. THIS IS LAID OUT PLAINLY FOR ALL TO SEE if you just read the terms. Just like if you quit at any point, there is a certain amount that you are still liable to pay. LAID OUT FOR YOU WHEN YOU ENROLL. Read the paperwork and do some research people. Enough with the dumbing-down of society, geesh. They make the payments low so that more people can afford it. If you want it paid off sooner, no one is stopping you from paying more at any time. As far as paying it off before you can get your degree: fact check for you: "regular" colleges are the same way. You don't pay, you don't get to be in the classes. It's just that your payments are financed via financial aid, student loans, etc. Amazing how few students understand how that actually works. So if you want to do it similarly (and build your credit at the same time) pay Penn Foster off with a credit card, and make the payments to them. Contrary to popular belief, not all credit card debt is "bad", as long as you have something to show for it, such as financing your future. Or you can just stick with the generous, no interest payment plan through Penn Foster. So you have options. I'm very tired of uneducated (I mean, have you READ some of these negative reviews?? Dear Lord, did some of these people ever take an English class?? USE SOME PUNCTUATION!), misinformed people trashing Penn Foster. I was so happy with PF that I just re-enrolled in the Business Management program. Super happy with the whole process. I have had to keep on them about a few things (checking on transfer credits, shipments of materials) each time I re-enroll in the new semester, but it's very minimal compared to some of the issues we had getting my husband enrolled in "traditional" college courses."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tony - 1/2/2016
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015
"I went to my local community college for a few weeks but I was working almost 100 hours every two weeks and I quit. I started to look for an alternative way to get an Associates Degree and someone told me about about a college that you can do through the mail (This was before all test had to be taken online). I was sceptical but I decided to take a risk and it paid off. I completed my degree in February 2015. I've had numerous job interviews with major companies and accounting recruiters because of my degree. I've also landed two decent jobs with it since I graduated, but I'm still looking for my dream job. I love Penn Foster so much I enrolled in their Bachlelors Degree for Business Managment and plan on transferring those credits towards an MBA with Ashworth College or one of Penn Fosters partner colleges. I would defiantly recommend Penn Foster to anyone who wants an education but doesn't have or want the huge amount of debt that comes with most colleges."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Gabriel - 12/11/2015
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2010
"This is a terrible school that rips you off and won't refund the money that you take even though you did not enroll in the class and tried to cancel. I have asked for my refund and they have refused. They post offers for programs and then later refund them as well. The customer service is also terrible leaving you on hold forever!!!!!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Atef - 7/23/2015
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015
"At pennfoster Collge the instructors and and student care are always eager to help whenever I call or email with a question, I highly recommend Pennfoster to anyone specially to busy parents with Kids and work! Also very cheap compared to the other college look how much you $$$ in the semester!!"
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