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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frankie - 1/28/2011
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"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."
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Brandy - 1/17/2011
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"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."
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Jen - 1/3/2011
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"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."
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Kim - 12/31/2010
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"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"
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Secil - 12/28/2010
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"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!!!!!"
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catt - 12/16/2010
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"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!"
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April - 12/10/2010
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"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."
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Megan - 12/9/2010
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"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."
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EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED - 11/13/2010
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"Penn Foster is a complete scam. I wasted my time and money. I received absolutely no help from anyone I spoke to. Including supervisors and the dean! The lessons are worthless and so is the degree. Please, from my experience, nobody else enroll here! We need to stop this!"
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Darren - 11/8/2010
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"I am unsure about PF based on the mixed reviews that I have read and the information obtained from the PF staff. My concern is about the advertised payment plan that offer low down/monthly payments. After further inquiry, a PF staff member told me that the low monthly payments would increase. They increase because of any previous semesters due. Example: 1st semester you pay $50 down and $50 per month for 22 months. However if you complete that semester in 6 months you will only have paid $350 of the $1100 due. Now the 2nd semester cost another $1100 plus a balance of $750 from the 1st semester. So the 2nd semester payment is now $84 a month provided you spread your payment over 22 months. Buy your 6, 7 and 8th semester, what started as low monthly payments are now several hundred dollars.Penn Foster’s phone staff confirmed this and stated that most people pay the amount due before the semester is up. Well the key words are most people. I was looking to complete this degree as soon as possible however, based on other reviews working at my pace is possible but if I don’t pay in full I don’t get any credit for the completed work. Again according to other reviews, your transcript will show an incomplete if tuition is not paid in full. Unlike a traditional student loan, one pays more for the degree however, has the credentials to obtain a job that makes more hence the ability to pay more. I would not recommend PF to a person that is really looking to complete a degree quickly nor anyone who cannot afford $200-300 per month payments."