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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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.1 out of 5 stars
Abigail Ballance - 3/18/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2021
"I just wanted to change programs and now they are claiming I have to un-enroll and re-enroll which would be a fee of $700 plus another semester of tuition. Been trying to do this for over two weeks and after being on hold forever they hung up on me when I try to do online support they tell me to call. After asking why I would be charged I was told it was the course work,test I took, and the books. So I took three test and have completed 12% of a program and did online books. This place is a SCAM!!!!!!!!!!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
Brittany Owens - 1/20/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have read many of the reviews and it seems like the people that are complaining are having issues with cancellations. I have completed almost my first semester & so far I can say that its not been bad. I can work on my own schedule. Complete classes as fast or slow as I want. They are nice enough to return assignments that need a little more work so you can get the best grade possible. Although the coursework is tough its thorough. I have learned quite a bit in these first 6 classes and I think for the money and the ease of enrolling, its a good accredited online school. I already have a job lined up and being a student of an accredited school helped. Cons: None so far."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Caitlin - 12/22/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"I don't even know where to begin with how terrible this school is. I have a BA already but I decided I wanted to be a veterinary technician so I needed to go back to school. Working full time prevented me from attending classes in person so I thought an online program would be a great solution. I wish I could go back in time and warn the past me that enrolling in Penn Foster would be a VERY bad choice. It has brought me nothing but headaches and frustration. When I have to call in person for help, the people are relatively friendly but also have no clue how to answer most of my questions. My main complaint is the student portal. The entire platform from which all things are done is ABSOLUTE TRASH! It is difficult to navigate, redundant, and not helpful AT ALL. DO NOT ENROLL IN THIS SCHOOL!!!! ANY OTHER HAS GOT TO BE BETTER!!!!!"
1.5 out of 5 stars
Sam - 9/5/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"If I could give the support staff a 0 I would. Its impossible to get any answers from these people. They will take money out of your account and pretend it didnt even happen and tell you that you owe more. They dont care that you waited forever to talk to someone on the phone they just want to get off the phone as quickly as possible. They will lie to you just to get you off the phone. I have never written a bad review in my life but I am so upset and disappointed with the processing of things at Penn Foster. If youre want anything done you have to take care of it yourself and call multiple times a day because they are lazy and dont want to resolve anything."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jacqueline England - 8/27/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2022
"I would never recommend this “school”! I actually sent as per their policy an email to cancel my enrollment. I signed the enrollment agreement on Monday, and never finish the enrollment because I will not take their assessment test, and sent the email for cancel and refund on Friday which is less than 6 days, which is their cancellation policy. Then sent me an email right away stating that they would get back to me within 24 business hours, and guess what I am still wait for simply a response. They took my $1399, full payment for tuition, and it is nothing but a scam!! I will be contacting the better business bureau."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Student - 7/17/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2019
"Do. Not. Enroll. Here!!! I'm trying to get out! I know people who teach here. They just fired their entire education team of teachers! When you call you will no longer get a teacher! They have people called Advocates talking to students now. These people have HS diplomas or GEDS!!! THERE ARE NO MORE REAL TEACHERS AT THIS SCHOOL! If you go there get out! Go somewhere else! Your degree will not be accredited. They are going to lose their Accreditation. Beware! If you call ask where the real teachers went!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
tbribri33 - 7/17/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"First things first, we are all adults. Do not expect to be babied with this college. THAT'S LIFE. People are complaining because they have had medical issues or that they change their mind or had to go out of state for a while--people need to understand that ALL colleges will require you to still pay them for their programs (Most of the time they collect payment upfront. Penn Foster is nice enough to let us make payments) Also, you really can't beat their prices but that's beside the point. That being said, I believe this school is great. It has been a long journey as I started in 2015 but you have to be self-motivated to finish. There are days where you just don't want to do anything but think of your future and usually you'll become motivated again. I'm now entering my last semester and then I'll have my Bachelors of Science for Criminal Justice and I'm SO excited. Thank you for the opportunity to be able to "attend" this school PF. P.S. Those that complain about certain programs not being "registered" with your state, it clearly states before you start those programs on their web page that you need to make sure the program is accredited or not or if they will require any additional tests/courses. Stop making PF look like the bad guy--they really aren't."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Chelsea - 7/16/2019
Degree: Fashion
Graduation Year: 2019
"Never was able to complete the course because they expired my program. How can students be penalized when we have to wait on the school to mail supplies, approve proctors etc? There are extremely vague instructions on their website for all things including how to obtain a proctor for exams. Then once you finally get approval for a proctor, you have to wait for exams to be mailed to you and wait for materials to be mailed. Not sure how they can act like they cater to full time working adults and then expire your program. Then they charge you an additional $95 for an extension on top of the amount you are already paying."
4.8 out of 5 stars
PFC For Life - 6/25/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2020
"Hi I am a current PFC student. I absolutely love the school. The online platform is unexcelled and the student support staff is really helpful. I really appreciate the lost cost but high educational value PFC offers.This school isnt easy. You have to be a self motivated person in order to do well at PFC. You take one class at a time but if you study hard you can easily finish a class in less than a month. So theres a very good chance you will finish your degree sooner than you could possibly imagine. PFC gets a lot of hate and I believe that 99% of it comes from people who are not suited to take online classes. Penn Foster College is a wonderful school."
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."