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

5.0 out of 5 stars
Meagan - 9/26/2017
Degree: Dental Assistant
Graduation Year: 2017
"I did a lot of research to find the best school it took me about two years. With Penn Foster signing up wasn't a headache I was never harassed with phone calls asking me to sign up. My mom was diagnosed with esapageal cancer and I had to take care of her along with other things going on. I called up to ask for an extension and they give me the time I needed to catch up. I have worked in my field as a volunteer and I was able to learn a lot from it. By far this is the best program I have ever taken very well written out."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cory - 9/2/2017
Degree: Paralegal
Graduation Year: 2017
"Not sure what all the negative reviews are about. Penn Foster is a good school and the course work is challenging. I would recommend Penn Foster to anyone. I did not have any problems with billing or getting my questions answered. The first semester is a bit of a learning curve figuring out the proctor exam's and everything, but once you learn how the system works everything is a breeze. I paid in full every semester, and since I did, I got a big discount. I also had a few college credits that transferred without a problem. This course work is challenging and you have to study and put in the work to get your homework and papers completed. If you are signing up because you think that Penn Foster will be simple, think again, you will have to do the work. Online learning is not for everyone, however, I really enjoyed learning online. I have my first degree down and will be starting my second in September 2017. If you choose to stick it out and work hard, you will be rewarded with a degree that is accepted at many different colleges and employers."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tayla - 8/22/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017
"Please do not waste your time or money on this "school." It is a borderline scam. They refuse to cancel my enrollment after many conversations and they keep raising what I owe them, even though I didn't complete even 1/4 of the program. I am absolutely disgusted with their customer service and the unprofessional way they run things. Be cautious before you give them anything."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sorely Disappointed - 8/4/2017
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2017
"I began the online program with high hopes and lofty aspirations. However, I found it very hard to get a job. Employers laugh when they see my degree is from Penn Foster. I feel woefully inadequate and ill prepared for the work force. There were no instructors that could be easily reached and concerning the projects it was either if the I did them I passed or the projects were rejected on merits that were not discussed or taught in the course. The cost of the education is low and the quality of the education is also very low. Please reconsider for applying to attend classes at Penn Foster."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Social Service Worker I - 7/18/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2017
"Penn Foster College is an awesome school! The staff are knowledgeable and the classes were great. I graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and I've already found employment as a social service worker with state government, I'm starting my Master of Criminal Justice degree with Columbia Southern University this fall and I can't wait to get started. Obtaining my B.S. degree from Penn Foster College was one of the best if not the best decision I've ever made!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Madison - 7/11/2017
Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2017
"By far the biggest waste of money and time, I would never recommend this to anyone, I am upset I even got myself in this mess and wasted a grand and a year of my time to walk away with such a bad experience. DO NOT USE PENN FOSTER!! BIG MISTAKE, DO NOT MAKE THE SAME ONE I DID!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
kinsley - 6/27/2017
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2019
"worst online college ever dont ever get deceived by cheap tuition the school is a scam they only care about your money the service is very poor the curriculum is outdated very old customer service is terrible and unknowlegible when you call student services or your instructors for help good luck to get hold of someone holdtimes vary but minimum hold is about 45mins to an hr IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THE WORST EDUCATION DECISION DONT ENROLL WITH PENNFOSTER TRY OTHER ONLINE COLLEGES"
5.0 out of 5 stars
James - 6/4/2017
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017
"I cannot speak for everyone but I can speak for myself. I have a job in management in manufacturing so it does not really matter what school I attend as long as it is accredited by the US Dept. of Education which Penn Foster College is listed as DEAC, now if you want to transfer either go to the school that partners up with PFC or go to a regionally accredited school. My BS in Business management is just a check mark for requirements when getting a job. I did not feel the material at this school were easy at all. All the final exams were proctored and challenging. I had to put in a lot of work to get my degree. All my instructors returned my phone calls and emails in a timely manner. Customer service was excellent as well. I never had an issue with the payment since I always paid each semester in full and got a discount for it. Just make sure you really read the fine print and ask questions before enrolling, make sure you really understand what you are signing up for. Do not judge this school as illegitimate. I know people who have went to the top schools in the country and are in debt and can't get a job or make way less than I do. This is the truth. I am debt free because this school is cheap and allowed me time to work and study. Otherwise, I really would not have the time or the money. It doesn't matter what school you attended. What matters in the end is your drive and determination. It depends if you are a winner or not. I believe I won because I got a degree the cheapest way possible and have a good job that pays well."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ray Johnson - 5/18/2017
Degree: Legal Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
"Waste of your time and your money. For starters, it's a self taught program (which isn't that big of a deal), but as far as in need of a teacher help when stuck on an assignment or have questions...they are no help what so ever to you. If you call the school for help, the customer service is terrible, they have you hold for the longest period of time and then transfer you to someone that doesn't know how to help you so they transfer multiple times until connected with the right person. Teachers don't get back in touch right away, it's more like 2 weeks later. If you want a refund or to leave the program, they charge all these excessive fees or just straight up tell you that you still owe the full payment. You don't learn anything...this school is a severe joke and they only want the money which why all those promotions are always advertised. It's a waste of money and time...don't go. Save yourself and just go to an actual college, high school, career school face to face."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hbucanan - 5/1/2017
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2017
"I absolutely love the school and the program it worked with my budget and when I couldn't make my payments on the specific due date they allowed me to move it no problem yes the class is online so really don't have teacher interaction but I expected that when I signed up because it is online and when o had a question it was answered within a day or two depending when I emailed them...never had a bad experience with any of the people I talked to or emailed. Every person is different and experience is different."