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Penn Foster Career School

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46% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
46% of students said they would recommend this school to others
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Marko L.

Reviewed: 8/24/2023

Degree: Paralegal

I took the Paralegal/Legal Assistant course from Penn Foster, as I was in a job where I worked with lawyers. It helped me greatly, and got me a promotion and a raise. I then finished my Bachelor's degree elsewhere and then went to law school. I used some of my Penn Foster learning materials to assist me in law school. And I already knew how to do legal research and understood how the law works! I've since been an attorney and a judge. I will always be grateful for my Penn Foster education!

Virginia Ganter

Reviewed: 7/19/2023

Degree: Medical Billing & Coding

Received my certificate. They did not even to try to help me find a job. Certificate is only a piece of paper to me. Did not tell me that I had to take state exams to get a job. Very much disappointed. This happened about 20 years ago. All that money I paid for certificate was a waste of my money.


Reviewed: 1/9/2023

Degree: Veterinary Technician

First of all, this school is only for people with willpower, independent learners, and organization. If you are struggling with mental health, finances, or family issues this school is not for you. They treat you better if you pay in full, the material is mostly read online and it is not updated. I do not like reading online, and recently, the e-book of the program is not available anymore for download. The exams were confusing, I am doing my Externship writing skills before applying to the externship... Read More


Reviewed: 12/27/2022

Degree: Medical Billing & Coding

I chose Penn Foster because it seemed affordable and listed everything I needed to know on site, so I wasn't bombarded by phone calls and emails from recruiters. I knew how much it would cost upfront and that I could pay in monthly installments was another deciding factor. I chose medical billing and coding and at first it seemed that I was going to learn specifically about this career path, until I passed the intro and went on to the next course. It's just fluff, basic math(fractions, addition,... Read More


Reviewed: 12/27/2022

Degree: Computer and Information Science

I took the Microsoft office training and was very satisfied with the course as some of the other reviewers here have said you're not going to get your hand held you're not going to get spoon fed I had no issues with helper support and the training did help me in my career I would say if you want to go to a trade school like plumbing electrician or something like that you may get more hands on at an actual technical center however for office like work the school met my needs and did what they said... Read More

Austin Block

Reviewed: 2/25/2022

Degree: CAD/Computer Aided Drafting

Hey Guys, I’m a graduate of Penn Foster High School (2014) and plan on taking a college course in engineering here very soon. All I can say is this school forged in me the drive for self improvement and education. Being a SELF PACED curriculum you HAVE TO BE DISCIPLINED, that has always been they’re claim to fame and it works IF you stick to it, it puts YOU in control of your future. I wonder sometimes where I would be without this school, being ADD I struggle with focus, discipline and concentration... Read More


Reviewed: 12/23/2021

Degree: Medical Billing & Coding

I Just graduated Penn Foster and loved it. It is 100% online and self- taught. It isn't just handed to you, you have to work for it. Overall I enjoyed my experience and learned a lot. I would recommend it to anyone that thinks they would like self teaching and online. Enjoy it and stay determined you got this.


Reviewed: 11/30/2021

Degree: HVAC

This program for HVAC was a total joke. The platform they use is absolutely horrible and not user friendly at all. It is nothing but non stop reading extremely boring textbooks. They need to add videos and have instructors help you stay on track. You won’t be job ready when you’re finished.


Reviewed: 7/31/2021

Degree: Child Development

I had a good experience with Penn Foster Graduated and received my diploma within a few days after completing schooling. I was excited until I found out that Texas doesn’t except Penn Foster so much for nothing and dreams crushed. Not only that, but loss of money that I can’t get back.


Reviewed: 5/23/2021

Degree: Paralegal

This school is a total joke.. They claim it is perfect for your working schedule but they demand you complete an unrealistic amount of work or you get charged for extension time. If you can't pay it they threaten to boot you out an you lose money. They give you good grades until your very last finals when they make it appear like you didn't crack a book. SCAM! Don't use this school!!


Reviewed: 5/16/2021

Degree: Computer Programming

I took the computer programming languages course in the java section i kept getting a plagiarism message on one of my quizzes. I tried to call the intructors and no response. The person that said its easier to communicate with the president over the instructors is true. When i called to withdraw from the course customer service picked up the my call quick. I payed the remaining balance so it wont affect my credit and quit the class. Two things i realized on this school make sure the course is uptodate... Read More

Don't give enough visuals- WASTE OF MONEY

Reviewed: 4/22/2021

Degree: Animal Training

I learn best through hands on work and visuals like pictures and videos. This course offered little of those. For example, they'd talk about certain cuts but then not even have a picture of what they're talking about or how it's suppose to look. How is that helpful in anyway? They expect you to understand it just from a description? So now I have to pretty much learn through various youtube videos what I'm suppose to be learning in this class, taking up even more of my time. I don't recommend this... Read More


Reviewed: 4/13/2021

Degree: Accounting

LOOK ELSEWHERE!! I dont ever/usually write reviews on anything.. Unless its a good Amazon purchase.. This school is awful!! there is little help from the instructions, I am paying over 300 just in tutoring... Even my tutor who mastered in Accounting said that the verbiage in this bookkkeeping course doesn't make sense, its confusing, hard to follow, and they are teaching pretty hard accounting ( which my tutor says you will NEVER use)- I would not suggest this school for this program, I have done... Read More


Reviewed: 4/9/2021

Degree: Pharmacy Technician

I graduated then found out this school was not valid in my state. I ended up throwing $2,000 down the drain. They say you can choose two companies to work for, but they don’t actually have a working program for that. I found a job on my own at a Walgreens who didn't help me obtain my license and made me do their 4 class short program again. I’m not sure why, if they have their own programs to get you certified on the job, you would ever need to use this school.

James Rupp

Reviewed: 10/5/2020

Degree: Carpentry Science

If someone was interested in their carpentry class I would just recommend getting the textbook on ebay for $100 and stay away from their class. Constant technical glitches cause questions to be on the exam from a previous textbook not in use and navigation of their website isn’t the easiest. I’m currently sitting on an exam that needs to be changed to reflect the textbook that is in use so in the mean time I’ve made no progress for the last week while I wait for this to be sorted out.

Nancy MacGillvray

Reviewed: 3/6/2020

Degree: Economics

This school, if that what it is, has wrecked my credit. I registered but due to personal problems could not take the classes. It was easy to get in touch with someone from penn Foster before I registered. After, nothing. Would not answer the phone or emails. So they decided to send me to a collection agency. Completely wrecked my credit. Stay far away from this place, it’s nothing but a scam.

Cynthia Maher

Reviewed: 2/19/2020

Degree: Higher Education

Hi there, Pennfoster is great. It certainly teaches you if you know how to read and continue the steps of what it says. It is like opening up a cook book and making a recipe. Not too hard because the recipe is right there for you to learn. In order to learn you must first read. Sort of like instructions on how to assemble your toy Car. It takes patience and understanding. Nothing to do with a person talking to you. Full blown read it. Get it, show it and do it. You can call instructors for help or... Read More


Reviewed: 1/23/2020

Degree: Diesel Mechanic

The classes are good. The outside assignments are a joke. You will supposedly be assigned a “coach” or instructor which does not exist. You will receive emails saying your instructor is pleased with your progress which is a joke since you never communicate with a live person. Did I learn from the lessons? Yes I did but I would not do anything more with Penn Foster. Find a local technical college with hands on classes.


Reviewed: 9/14/2019

Degree: Special Education

Suspended my account for couple of months due to family situation and ended up in collection agency. Full amount of hole education program was filled against my parents. Watch out! If anything happens get ready for collection. No chance to resume your program after that process. Competitors offered any time to Star, Stop or continue similar education for much less!!!

Hailey Brooks

Reviewed: 9/8/2019


I was super excited to enroll and get a certificate. I am impressed now and I don't plan on finishing. I had no idea the program was just reading. I graduated High School a few years early by doing Penn Foster, it was fun, we had projects and hand on activity's. We watched a lot of videos too. With the career program I have nothing but endless reading to do. When I got to the Blue Prints class that's when I realized it was not going to work. Reading for hours on end about lines and CAD drafting helps... Read More

A lot of the books you only read a few chapters. Instead they could send prints of just the chapters you need. Even send a small wood board and a door knob and have us install it as an assignment. They had me read about a lot of tools I have never used before. It would have been better if they showed a video of tool maintenance, use, and safety tips, with a small text included with it. The program was not challenging and very boring.


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