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Penn Foster College is awesome! I graduated with a 3.68 gpa and earned my bachelor of science degree in criminal justice in 2017. Best college ever and best decision Ive ever made. The school is awesome and the staff and professors are very knowledgeable and helpful!
Penn Foster College appears to be a great idea UNTIL you finish 10 lessons (not even a quarter of the semester) and have to withdraw for medical reasons and the school will not let you withdraw without requiring you to pay the rest of the semester and an outrageous $340 enrollment fee. Which they don't tell you about when enrolling. They are not an honest school and they are a complete rip off. Even the "text books" have idiotic errors in them that made me roll my eyes. I did not feel like I was getting a quality education at all while I was there, and so much of the material was unnecessary and just "filler" material to charge you more money. I would never ever recommend this school to anyone and I regret my decision to ever give them a chance.
I am attending Penn Foster have had no issues with billing. I pay each semester up front and receive all of my learning materials on time. I was skeptical at first but wow I was surprised with all that you will learn in the bachelor's degree program in business management.
I thought the program was very thorough. I had previously attended the University of Phoenix online and this was much cheaper - and I learned WAY more through this program than through UOP. My degree has been helpful, but should have done a more specialized degree -not the school's fault - mine. Would recommend to anyone to try this school out. You are truly on your own though -so if you need interaction -pick a different school. I learn better without people bothering me so this worked great.
I went into the program hoping to learn something. Their program is sooo out dated. They went as far as the mid 1990's with the technical info. I didn't complete the program. They are still trying to charge me for the outdated course. The board of education needs to look into every school to make sure their info is up to standard. I refuse to pay.
Do not waste your time or money on this program. I have worked in the medical field for 15 years doing claims and billing. With years of experience using the icd, cpt, and hcpc codes it should be easy to find work. After making close to 100 applications to coding jobs and not getting even 1 interview, it is totally useless. This is after passing the CPC exam as well. The simple fact comes down to nobody wants to hire a newby to coding when there are several others out there with prior experience. 99% of these jobs require at least 2-3 years of coding experience to apply. Even if they dont, somebody that has the experience will get the job. If somebody with a closely related background can't get in. then somebody with no related experience doesn't stand a chance. Save your time and money going to something else.
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.
I did the electronics technician course. It was veru challenging. I love analyzing circuits, and the math involved. The electronics technician diploma is the "basic electronics" certificate course as well as 4 modules from the industrial electronics associates degree. The course goes through a ton of electrical theory. The math involved is intermediate algebra. When you get into the indistrial electronics modules, you go through a lot of computer circuitry, theory, and programming. It was a challenging class but I wish I would have just went ahead and did the degree program. The class isnt just just paper and pencil either. They send you a bunch of projects and experiments too. Also, I started the computer programming languages class and felt it was too much to handle while taking the electronics technician course. I asked for a refund about 3 months into it and I had absolutley no problem. I finished less than 10% of the course and they refunded me about 400 of the 500 dollars that I paid. They didnt even asl for the book back, which cost about 120 dollars.
I had no issues with billing ..i paid in full. i will say that the tests are open book and so its really up to the person to absorb information..but to be honest having no business experience, its not like all these textbooks are going to be what its like on a job. i am going to go for the associates in business management next because its cheap and hey guys its just a piece of paper that's all college is. sometimes the projects are turned back to you with incorrect formatting or a fussy grader/professor..i actually don't even know if the school employs actual professors. you never meet any of them unless you call for help. overall my experience was that i BSed all the tests and finished this diploma in like 2 months. shows me that they don't care about if anyone's learning, if you pay you get the piece of paper.
So I'm still a student in my first semester! I just gotta say, my whole experience here has been AMAZING. The minute I reached out to admissions and now in student support. I have learned SO much in less than a month and I still can't believe I'm a student here. Because they have open admission it's easy to get into. But the program is actually really hard. You have to be a self starter and someone who can work without lots of direction from professors, TAs, etc. Most vet tech students earn their degree in 2 months (and the school encourages the timeframe) but because many students here have fulltime jobs they take 4 or more years. I decided to put everything on hold and just focus on my studies so hopefully I graduate within 2 years! I don't actually feel like I'm going through this alone either, because there's an online community where students can interact with one another. I feel prepared to get into the next semester and even the students themselves can answer your questions fast pretty quickly. The support just from the online community has been a fun experience. It feels like we really know each other irl and go to school together. Pretty neat! I'm so excited to see what the future holds and where I'll be when I'm at the end of my program. I CAN'T wait!!!