Penn Foster


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With over 125 years since it’s founding, Penn Foster has helped students improve their future. Students are able to choose from their college and career school, or their high school if you are interested. Penn Foster offers a variety of degrees or certificates for those looking to further their education.

The Good

  • Accreditation
  • Programs
  • Open enrollment
  • Community support
  • No application fee

Accreditation. All of Penn Foster's programs are national accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. They are also accrediting regionally and is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Programs. Penn Foster offers associate's, bachelor's and undergraduate certificates through their online programs. Students are able to choose which degree works best for the. Penn Foster also offers diplomas and certificates through their Career College. With a 100 plus options, students are able to find something that suits their needs. Some of these programs include appliance repair, medical transcriptionist and paralegal.

Open Enrollment. As soon as your sign up for classes, they begin. Penn Foster allows students to make their own schedule and set their own pace. Their self-paced programs allow students to complete programs around their schedule.

Community Support. Penn Foster has a dedicated online student community where students are able to communicate with others for support and guidance. Students are able to connect and help each other in their educational journey. Professors and teaching assistants are available for students to talk to as well. You have access through email and phone for any help you might need for your program.

No application fee. Penn Foster does not require any application fee for potential students.

The Bad

  • Additional certifications
  • Online only

Additional Certifications. While Penn Foster is a nationally accredited college and career school, some degrees or certifications may require additional education in certain states. Potential students should be wary of programs that require additional training and education in their state.

Online only. Penn Foster offers only online classes. While this allows potential students the flexibility of setting their own pace, some students would like a brick-and-mortar building to take some classes as well.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Penn Foster offers a variety of programs for potential students to choose from. Whether you are looking for a career certification or are working towards your bachelor's degree, Penn Foster's open enrollment allows students to work on their own schedule. Tuition has zero interest and while costs varies by program, its it estimated to cost about $2 a day. We recommend giving Penn Foster a call to see if they have a program that meets your education goals.

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January 19th, 2017 Clemmons, NC

Good Luck getting someone on the phone. I tried for a year to get someone on the phone after my time had expired and I did not have the money to pay for an extension. I wanted to get the materials that I had not received because I had not finished the topic before it. It was a carpentry course and part of the curriculum and fees included tools, and projects. I paid the full tuition but never received all of the course material which I feel I was entitled too since I paid for it. I sent numerous emails with no response, one time I did get someone on the phone but they were only able to register new students. They gave me another number which was never answered and had no voicemail. When I tried to call the number back that had been answered the call would not go through. I have received subsequent emails but only to offer me the chance to enroll again. When i reply to that email it comes back undeliverable. Find another on line educational provider.