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After middle school and beginning high school, I began to suffer from a severe lack of confidence. My grades were bad and I would dread going to school. For a long time I had just given up on life and had counseling and took medication for depression. I was well passed the typical high school age bracket and worried that I would never really make anything of myself. This changed when I was told about Penn Foster High School and learned of its program. After I signed up I was relieved to see how easy it was to understand the curriculum and that I could go at my own pace. With a GPA of 3.58 I became a high school graduate on 5/27/2020. I was so happy that I cried and now I finally feel that I made my parents proud. Now I'm ready to get out there and take on the next challenge. Penn Foster High School gave me my confidence back. My only regret is that I didn't know about it after I finished middle school.
My boyfriend has been submitting his exams. Not helpful/or exams what to do not worded right and not properly explained either comes to exams especially towards the end of the program. Won't get a refund if fully paid but failed when under academic review that doesn't understand at all. He has submitted all of the work. Has an excellent GPA of 3.34. It's only one exam that we have left. We tried to talk to the professors but no luck. It's very annoying the whole process with them.
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I canceled on March 23, 2020 because Penn Foster did not accept my official transcript. Another former online school I went to did accept my official transcript. My mother paid $75.00 for enrollment and $49.00 for the monthly payments. They have taken money out of her account and will not give it back. Penn Foster's cancellation policy states “if you cancel more than six days after enrolling but before submitting a completed Program assignment, you will receive a refund of all the monies paid to Penn Foster less the registration fee (the “Non-Refundable Registration Fee”);”.
I did not submit a completed program assignment. I enrolled on March 1, 2020. The cancellation fee also states that “All refunds will be issued within 30 days of Penn Foster's receipt of your notice cancellation.”. My mother has been sending emails to student support, they are holding the money until they get an official transcript mailed from the high school which is closed because we are in a pandemic. There is no possible way I can get a transcript it is dangerous. I should have listened to the reviews on this site.
Dear Student: We are sorry to hear our program was not the right fit for your needs. Here is a link to our refund policy: https://bit.ly/3cFVznJ If a student cancels within the first 6 days they will receive a refund if they cancel; after this time thee are fees charged according to when you withdraw and any work/exams completed. We would like to review your records to see how we can help. Pls email us at email@example.com Thank you!
I signed up for the HSD program because we are in a pandemic and I thought I could do something useful with my time. I ran through 2 programs in less than 2 days and realized it is more of a cheat program, not really educational. The registration said $1 registration fee and $50 towards my class, then whatever you could afford per month. After starting the program I realized it was going to be almost $2000 for an education that is free so I decided to cancel. It took me a few days to actually get through to a person and once I did they told me I had a balance of $250 that I had to pay. So $301 for absolutely nothing. Please use your local education programs. Don’t fall for their price gouging.
We are disappointed to hear that you felt our accredited program https://bit.ly/3eaidGy did not meet your needs. The enrollment terms are explained clearly in our enrollment form including the student's right to cancel which states students can either call or email the school to withdraw. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will happy to review your account to be sure your cancellation is processed. Thank you!
I am 98% done with my schooling. I am so close to graduating. But Penn Foster put my account under academic review. 1. What does academic review mean? 2. Am I still going to be able to graduate? 3. How do I get rid of the academic review?
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Penn Foster is a great program. I actually graduated with my HSD in June 2009 and I went ahead to get a academic scholarship at Middle Georgia College and I played basketball also. I now have 4 degrees and 2 teacher certifications and I am the head national team coach in Hong Kong. I also have about 24 student athletes taking classes through Penn Foster. Everything has been going well so far. Penn Foster is what you make out of it. You have to really lock in and fully commit to a full year. Penn foster is also NCAA Cleared. I highly recommend Penn Foster to someone who needs one on one or someone who are just behind with credits and need a new start.
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I received my Diploma in 2014, now it is 2019 and no community college will acigcept the diploma. Do you understand how frustrating that is? I went through the whole process of signing up for college and when I finally get to the financial aid part; they cannot find the high school. I spoke to at least 6 representatives, they all told me the same thing, "we are an accredited high school". Sorry to tell you, but that is not true. Why would a company offer a high school diploma if you can't use it? So now I have to take the GED all over again. What a waste of time.
Thank you for your feedback. Penn Foster holds both national & regional accreditation that has been recognized and accepted by many colleges: https://bit.ly/2O3qUY8 Colleges set a variety of entrance requirements, and not all colleges will accept all diplomas. Please contact us at email@example.com We will be happy to discuss your college enrollment, and can provide supporting accreditation documentation that may help with your college acceptance. Thank you!
Penn Foster was what I thought I wanted to do at first and it was good for a while, but I wanted to get back into public school so I would be able to be around my friends, play sports and get a diploma from an actual high school. So, as I would do in a normal high school, I tried to request my transcript, but they REFUSE to give it to me until I pay my balance in full which I do not have the money for. I need to get my transcript so I will be able to attend my old high school but Penn Foster refuses to allow me to do that. This is absolutely a scam and I would not and I definitely DO NOT recommend this to anyone!!
While we are sad to see you leave us, we are happy to hear that you will be continuing your education to complete your diploma with your local High School. Our transcript policy is a standard requirement by many schools. We will gladly release your documents upon satisfying any remaining tuition balance due on your account in full. If you feel there are errors in your account balance, please reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You!
This school might look normal from the outside but once you get in, there is no going back into the death trap you've walked into! Most of the writing in the program isn't even written correctly! The examiners help you when you feel like it. I am doing this programming class that I have to do since I can't go back and choose another elective, I set up a call with the school to help me with my projects and guess what, they didn't show up! And a few months later with the same class, I did some LiveChat with a Instructor for the same reason, and instead of showing/helping me how to do the project with the schools' resources, he sent me to a different website that had NOTHING to do with the school; in the end that website didn't even help for nothing!
Every time I send back a project for grading, they say it's wrong. I'm not mad about them saying it's wrong, but the thing is they don't give INFORMATION on how to properly organize the programming projects. Yes they give me textbooks but every single chapter doesn't help me with the projects that I have to submit. Just DO NOT PICK THIS SCHOOL NO MATTER WHAT.
Hello, Daniel! We appreciate your feedback. We understand that you have been struggling to complete your project, and we want you to know we have help available! Per our private message, please reach out to us at email@example.com Once we have heard from you we can work on getting you the help you need so that you can complete your exam and move forward with your lessons. Thank you!
The communication at Penn Foster sucks. I signed up 2 days prior to my promise to pay and start date and was not able to access any classes or work. It just kept telling me I had to pay. My contact person never answered her phone and by the time I was able to speak with someone I was told I could not do a refund because I was 2 days out of the grace period, even though I started calling and had been calling 2 days prior to my promise to pay date. I was finally able to cancel this nightmare and had to go through my bank to stop my first payment and they are still telling me that I owe them $7 after keeping my $50 from when I applied. WOW... BE WARNED. DO NOT APPLY TO YOUR NIGHTMARE.
We are disappointed to hear that our program was not the right fit for your needs. As per our Refund Policy, students may call Student Services, or send their request to cancel in writing. Please send us an email; we would like to review your account further to see what amount was charged and how we may be able to help you resolve this matter as soon as possible.Sincerely
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Accredited in 1972, Penn Foster High School is located in Pennsylvania and licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools. The school has a focus on lifelong learning as well as traditional high school education.
Early college program: Students of Penn Foster can receive college credits with the Early College electives program. Though guarantees of credit transfer cannot be made, courses are ACE evaluated and recommended.
Concentration diplomas: Penn Foster offers high school diplomas with a concentration in more specific areas of study, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, tech and healthcare.
Flexible payment plans: Families can pay the full cost of tuition up front or set up monthly automatic withdrawals or manual payments. Payment plans are interest-free.
Career cruising: Penn Foster partners with Career Cruising to provide career guidance services for all students and alumni.
Accreditation: Penn Foster High School is accredited nationally by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and regionally by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster High School Company Information
- Company Name:
- Penn Foster High School
- Year Founded:
- 14300 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 120
- Postal Code:
- United States
- (188) 8427-6200