Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (155)
This program is not for everyone. It is a great program for sell motivated people who can study on their own and stay motivated. I love this school and the program!! Since day one, the staff has been very helpful and I have never felt alone on this journey. The classes are tough and you have to stay on top of things. There are webinars for most of the classes and they help give you the classroom feel. There is also a community to meet other students and get help with questions. This program is not for everyone and I do recommend doing your research before signing up. It fits my life and I am very pleased.
I started the Vet Tech program with Penn Foster a couple of years ago and didn't make it very far. Mostly because I was working and not motivated. When I decided it was time for me to go back to school, I came back to Penn Foster. I'm now enrolled in the bachelors business management degree. Why did I choose to come back to Penn Foster? It meets my personal needs. Penn Foster is nationally accredited, unlike your local community college or your state university which are most likely regionally accredited. It usually goes like this; regionally accredited school courses will transfer to nationally accredited schools but not all nationally accredited school courses will transfer to regionally accredited schools. Why? Because the regional accreditation requires a strict and rigorous course catalog, among other things. Schools like Penn Foster are usually career schools. The advantage is that they are able to change their courses as the real world changes and this keeps their students current. It would take a considerable amount of time and red tape to change the courses. If they had to go through all of the processes by the time they got approval for the change, there would be new information to add. So with that said, Penn Foster does have some courses that have been evaluated and are recommended for transfer by the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service. So if you plan on trying to transfer to a regionally accredited institution, keep in mind that only certain classes and credits will transfer. Also, If you plan to continue your education like I do, plan carefully. I want to get my masters and maybe even my doctorate someday. Not all Institutions will take my Penn Foster degree. Two more things that I like about this program...The tuition and the delivery system. Oh, and the self pace... sorry, three. Tuition is affordable and all study materials are included. They also have an online tutoring center. They offer affordable payment plans. I pay 60 a month right now, I think the lowest you can go is 49. The delivery system, all courses you can complete online, except. Except except except you may have proctored exams. But honestly that's not too big a deal. Go to your local library, the librarians are usually more than happy to help out. I also hear that in the vet tech program you can now be proctored through your webcam. Online, Affordable, SELF PACED. That's really the thing that gets me. Sometimes I get lazy, I don't want to be bothered with reading 80 pages by friday so I can attend class. I work, like the rest of the real world. I need time to tune out, pretend I don't exist. Then there are weeks where all I want to do is sit down and knock out three lessons. Those are things I can do with self paced courses. So, if you are considering Penn Foster make sure it meets your needs. As for faculty and staff, I've had nothing but good experiences with them so far. My questions are answered in a timely manner and they are always kind. But remember, they people not machines. people make mistakes, people get frustrated, people have bad days. No matter if its an online school, on campus, nationally or regionally accredited. They are trying to take care of a lot of people and if you can express your problems in a polite way they are going to try and help you. In conclusion you need to find out if Penn Foster meets your educational needs... It is your education, your life. Make an informed choice.
I really like this school, first of all I am a mom of 2 boys and my husband works every single day. Obviously child care is a big issue so it works out for me. My advise is keep to it, I've been waking up every morning at 5 so I can study before my kids wake up. I put in at least 3 hours a day. I really want this after waitressing for 7 years I realize how important education is for me. To all you moms out there you can do it dedicate yourself and finish. It's important that you guys do something for yourself .The people complaining about not being able to transfer credits who cares just finish and get your associates degree so you don't have to transfer your credits. That will always stay with you! I saved 35,000 dollars by doing this school not to mention how much on day care costs. I haven't gotten my degree yet, but I am working on it and so far doing great .
Run as fast as you can once you sign up to go they will not let you withdraw no matter what the circumstances areI completed 66% of my class and came up with medical problems and they are still forcing you to go they will not let you withdraw . Couple months back a lady was able to stop payments for 3 months which was great but my problem got worse I have a stint in my kidney. I go for a ultra sound in June I owe 3000 in medical bills after insurence pays and I've found out I'm diabetic just over the line so we're trying to stop that and with all these problems I'm receiving calls saying charges are being filed against me from ur school I called while ago and said my credit card is cancelled I cancelled when I had these problems and payed it off less worries your school keeps calling 5 times a day telling me fraud charges are being filed I was suppose receive a payment book but now I can hardly pay bills I'm being threatend 5 times a day I I was told yesterday after I explained this there nothing to be done I'm only 66% into it I can't remember last time I even took a test was online class didn't deal with professors not using degree for job No one in profession heard of pennfoster also once you sign up for classes you are not aloud to withdraw for any reason they force u to attend no matter what life changing event
Penn Foster Career School Upon the recommendation of the Faculty and by authority of the President and Chief Learning Officer l Ruthia Nation is hereby awarded a CAREER DIPLOMA for the completion of the program DENTAL ASSISTANT.7th Day of January 2013. This has been a long journey for me this a very important subject and I Really needed this course and am proud I made the decision. Thanks Penn foster for all that you have helped me with, for my future career. Excellent Career College
The staff at Penn Foster does not seem to want to help you at all to succeed. I understand that there are 10000 people enrolled, but they take their sweet time to get back to you ON TOP OF losing a lot of stuff that must be turned in before the practicums begin. I have been waiting for months to begin my last set of practicum skills and every time I turn in paper work, they find something wrong and send it back. I'm having to take off of my little animal job to go to the large animal clinic to finish skills, but there is always something wrong with everything I turn in (and they wont help me or say what I did wrong). I'm losing money and respect for this school.
I don't even know where to begin with how horrible Penn Foster is. The employees are rude and not willing to try and solve any problems. I was taking classes to get my associates and started talking to other colleges to transfer because I wasn't happy with Penn Foster at all. I've talked to multiple different colleges and none of them accept transfer credits from Penn Foster because they are not regionally accredited. I called and canceled because nothing would transfer so why continue to pay and get nothing out of it. I was then lied to over the phone by not 1 but 2 employees who were extremely rude- I was told I had no cancellation fee because I had only completed 25% of my courses but within a week I received a $705 bill for a cancellation fee. Penn Foster are now telling me that they aren't going to send my transcripts for my completed classes until that is paid in full, so I can't even start another school now. Penn Foster is a major scam. Don't waste your time and money with them. I don't recommend this school to anyone.
Out of nowhere Penn Foster sent me an enrollment cancellation notice. I couldn't get into my account. I paid cash for my schooling and was on schedule in all my classes and passing scores for 6 months. They sent me the notice via email and then I couldn't log in. I called them 3x and notified them I couldn't get into my courses anymore and they told me I was still enrolled and there was nothing I could do about it, I even faxed them the cancellation notice they sent me and got no reply. After a few mo of not being able to get into my classes and getting nowhere with the school. I contacted my bank for a refund. My bank only got me back $100 of the entire tuition that I had paid cash. They told me because it was longer than 6 mo since I enrolled that I couldn't get more back. I am furious. I even had sent my bank the copy of the email that was from pennfoster to me saying that the enrollment agreement was signed and detailed that my signature was cancelled. It details that PennFoster themselves cancelled my contract. Didn't give me a reason. Note to anyone wanting to go there beware because they can steal your money and cut you off for no reason. I get $7 a month out of my paycheck to basically have a lawyer at my disposal anytime. My bank advised me to get one. I am.
The class was insanely easy and I passed with an A, but what they didn't tell me was the clinicals (which are VERY necessary) are extreme part time, and for someone who is unemployed can't pay for all the background checks, physicals, drop tests, insurance, blood work etc that the company you will be externshiping with will need in order to have in behind the counter! It's a useless piece of paper! I have it in a frame but won't ever use it since no one will hire you!
I currently attend the Veterinary Tech program, at first I was really unsure about it. But as I'm going onto my second year, I love it. People need to understand that yes they are slow at responding but, there are thousands of other students seeking help, and they provide first come, first serve" I currently work at a Kennel, and the knowledge I have gained from this program is so worth the slowness of the staff responding. And that is why they have the community, for you to seek help from others if they cannot assist you. The information is not out of date, the only thing that is, is the pictures on the study guides and what not... The textbooks that they provide you online or through the mail is up to date. I really recommend this school.