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Penn Foster Career School

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46% of 158 students said this degree improved their career prospects
46% of 158 students said they would recommend this school to others
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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

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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