Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (155)
For those of you that are having problems, you are in a minority. I am taking the Graphic Design course and if you think the materials are out of date you are entirely wrong. Adobe CS5 just came out in about the middle of 2010, I started my InDesign portion of the program at the end of 2010 and received the InDesign CS5 software. Plus the text book was also for ID5.
If you have received any textbook that is old it is probably because there is not a better textbook available that will give you the most complete information. I read in the agreement that you have to payoff your tuition withing 6 months of completing the course. Yours might be different, depending on your version of the handbook. For those of you that haven't finished paying, keep in mind that their payment plan is interest FREE! If you pay your bills then there should be no problems.
OK..I wish to God in heaven that people would stop calling Penn Foster a scam school..I started taking the Vet Assistant course a few years ago and i was very, very, pleased with the program..My books were on time, customer service was very helpful and i was impressed with the material..I decided not to take it anymore, and received a bill in the mail, which i expected. You see, i actually read the contract and enrollment forms, and if you decide to drop a program, you'll have to pay a certain percentage, depending on when you dropped..
Sometimes schools make mistakes..Maybe you didn't get your books on time, maybe someone was rude to you..It happens at any business!
Right now I'm in a brick and mortar school and have had numerous problems regarding financial aid, course material and few other issues..You see, no matter what school you go to , you can have problems. All of the negative reviews I've seen on Penn Foster are laughable..You have to read contracts and do research folks! What school is going to give you a diploma before you graduate??
Some schools may NOT accept credits from Penn Foster, but a lot will..Another thing i noticed about the negative reviews is that they are petty..No school is perfect..But from my experience, Penn Foster is an excellent school..It's accredited, affordable and fits the needs of a lot of working adults, single moms, people that can't go to a brick and mortar school full time..As soon as I'm finished with my current program at the brick and mortar school, I'm enrolling in the Bachelor's in Criminal Justice program at Penn Foster..It looks like a great program...I can't wait to start!!
I find Penn Foster, to be an excellent school. The work is challenging, the instructors are excellent once you set up a decent rapport with them. My books arrive in a timely manner. The fees, (please do your research)is unmatched to any other online school. Yes you do have to prove that you graduated from high school either before you are accepted or once you have started your classes. All I can say is do your homework and do your research, this is truly one of the better online schools available.
After deciding that I wanted to become a RVT I researched schools. Since I wanted to continue to work FT online seemed like the best option. The reviews for PennFoster were great so I went for it. My first semester went great until the end. Then odd things started to happen. Everytime I would call the school to find out where my books, forms, and paper work were I was told. "Opps! A glitch in the system." Those glitches cost me 6 months in total by the end on the first sememster. I was still okay and felt that they just needed to get things worked out.
Then it took 6 more months to get enrolled for semester #2. I called for my form 10 times. Always "a glitch" being the problem. I begged to pay online or over the phone and was told that it was not allowed after the first semester. They also wanted me to pay them when I had a ton of credit after paying in full for both semesters and having transfer credits that took classes off. I contacted Dr. Margi on several occasions to get snotty unhelpful replies.
The webnair classes are great as long as you have a good professor. 7/10 times you do. But I still haven't finished my 2nd semester (starting 3 years ago) after passes classes and procotors exams well. They have refused to explain why my pracitum paperwork keeps getting sent back to me. Just sent it back in for the 6th time. After I fixed what they needed the 1st time. Which BTW, wouldn't have been an issue if they had sent me the info in the first place. They lady I spoke with, Mary, at Student Services told me to just print out the 116 page booklet they should have sent me.
I'm sick of being pushed around. I should have been done with this school and be taking my boards. But instead I've been stuck in limbo. I'm just praying that CCCC is gonna take the credit for the classes I passed. I'll be shocked if they do. This school is a scam in my book. At least for the Vet Tech program.
I used the Dog instructor/trainer Certificate program in '07 and was pleased with the results. Some of the material was old, but the methods are still used today. Some of it was intense (like all of the animal anatomy) Later I decided to go back to collage and finish my digree in other studies, and much to my surprise the collage in my state transfered the credits from Penn Foster and actually aplied them. So if the UW takes accepts my credits from Penn Foster, then other collages might not have a problem with your credits from there.
I have seen so many mixed reviews for Penn Foster but from my experience thus far, this has been the best decision for me in my pursuit of a Bachelor degree. I love the website, I get my books in less than a week, always get fast responses when I have questions or any problems..not one issue whatsoever!! For those that haven't had a good experience w/ this college understand that regardless of what college you choose to attend whether it be brick and mortar or strictly online, you will never get perfection..food for thought
I am currently taking Spanish and Medical Billing & Coding. It is not complicated and is expensive. I am half way there with both of my degrees in such short time. Staff is very helpful as well! I recommend Penn Foster to everyone!!!!!
I signed up for PF's medical transcription program in August and have had no problems. I've only had to email the instructors once so far with a question about a project, but received a response within 24 hrs. I recently asked for a deferment of my payments because of financial difficulty and received one with no questions asked. I am looking forward to finishing this program and embarking on a new career!
I started the medical billing and coding program at Penn Foster Career School in August of 2009. I did hard research on this school before I enrolled. When I did enroll in the program, I got my materials on time, I got help when I needed it, and their curriculm was quite challenging.
As of right now I'm still enrolled and trying to finish the program. I researched on this school accreditation, and they are nationally and regionally accredited. If you don't believe this just research on the accrediation part of the website. To all the people that have negative things to say "Do you research first on schools" !!!
O Yeah, once you complete the course you can go for trying to be certified. I suggest a intern, and then sit for the examination.
I am attending Penn Foster for Early Childhood Education. I would recommend this school to anyone. I have read everyone's bad reviews, and although I can understand some of your points, I don't agree with them. I have not had one problem yet with my education at Penn Foster.
It's an affordable payment plan, not once have they screwed me over with secret or hidden fees. I tried The University of Phoenix online and that's all they did was call me every day to tell me another "fee" came up and after a week I went from $1,000 to $9,000 A SEMESTER ! I've been enrolled at Penn Foster now for a month so far and not once has there been any hidden fees. My balance everytime I check it is the same as it was the day before. When I made my first payment, the information was updated imediatly.
When I pass an exam, I get motivational e-mails telling me what a great job I did. They do not call me and bother me at all like the other college did. When I complete enough lessons to get my next books sent out, they are quick to set up the shipment and even though it says allow 5 to 10 days for shipment I always get mine in 2 days!! ALWAYS !! the exams are challenging, just like a good college should be. The school itself has a great reputation and they are accredited. I really have nothing to bad to say about this school.