Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (159)
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.
For anyone considering Penn Foster please do your due diligence before you pursue an education with any college, for profit or non profit. Some states will not accept nationally accredited degrees for law enforcement positions (i.e. Texas) however there are many that do. I am somewhat of an older student and have no desire to pursue an LE job but want to get into security management. PF offers the AS degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in security studies. This was right up my alley and that's why I chose PFC. I also know that my options would be somewhat limited with an associates and that's why I've re-enrolled for my bachelors in CJ with Penn Foster. So needless to say I was satisfied with the program. Everything was up to date and whenever I had a problem or a question I could call or e-mail and get my problem resolved or question answered in a very timely manner. Most of the complaints you'll read on this forum are from those that are either poor distance learners or underestimated the amount of work of online study or both. Distance learning is not for everybody. You must know that you'll be able to push through with the program--mentally, physically and financially. That said, I had a good experience with Penn Foster and continue to in my bachelors program.
I enrolled in this school because I thought finding practicum sites would be okay. When I finished all four semesters and had to do practicum 2, which entailed large annals, I was unable to obtain a site. I looked all over different states and whenever I said I was going to Penn Foster they refused to help me. The school had a bad rep. Unless you have a relationship already with a large animal clinic you are better off choosing a distance learning school who had an on site facility to do these skills or you will be very disappointed in the end. Many students have had this problem and the school will say otherwise. The courses are good but you are left on your own in the end and the school does not care. They already got your money
I was skeptical, like everyone else, about Penn Foster at first. I was worried about whether or not it was a college that could be taken seriously to receive a degree from. I have researched it many time and found that it a good, accredited school. I love the curriculum. I love the course work that I am given. Everything is at your own pace which was what mainly won me over. I went to a traditional technical school for one semester and dropped out because maintaining a 40+ hour work schedule with due dates for assignments and classes were too much. I am pleased that I can do this work at my own pace, on my time. All my assignments have been graded within a couple days. The material that they mail to you comes quick in the mail, but it's not even needed because they put the material online for you too, and I just mainly use that. The instructors are helpful with questions, and they have even helped me out when I didn't understand one of the assignments. Very pleased with the school. I am currently enrolled for associate in Vet Tech. I wish they had a bachelor program for it, but at least I do hope to enroll for their bachelor program for Business Management. I hope that it all pays off in the long run.
I have been employed as a paralegal for more than ten years; however, I have never finished by college education. Two years ago, I decided to enroll in the Penn Foster College program. I have been completely satisfied with this experience. I have found that the materials are excellent and, if a student is dedicated in his/her studies, this program will prepare you for an entry level paralegal position. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who would like to enter the legal field . . . an area where there is almost always well compensated employment available.
This school is a joke. They move like slugs. They have CVT employees grading English papers, who have no idea what they are doing and each exam so far and I am through semester 2 I have had to have them correct but it was graded wrong. Very sad when you have to go back and correct your own tests because the instructors got it wrong. My English composition papers are still waiting to get graded after being submitted over three weeks ago. Doc Jim hides and doesn't deal with any of the conflict. I have reached out and emailed and called them 32 times to get past just this English Comp class....really scared to see how poorly they handle the next two semesters. Also....none of their credits transfer to other colleges....just beware!
I love this school! Penn foster gives me the ability to work and study at my own pace. It is a fully accredited school. I had no trouble when I needed to extend my time. I am getting a quality education. They do not give any slack because you are doing it online. At this point I am fully satisfied that I am getting a quality education, fully accredited, and for a fraction of the cost I paid at Indiana Wesleyan University for my first degree. This one will be paid before I am finished and my employer has reimbursed my tuition. I could not be happier. They even gave fair or better on credits for classes from my previous degree. Jen