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I am currently enrolled in the Penn Foster high school courses with early college courses. I reviews online I suppose it's a little late for that, but I have read several horrible reviews saying that a lot of colleges will not even recognize Penn Foster as as a diploma. It's driving me nuts in several reviews people have said that they have had to get their GED after PFHS just to get into college. This is worrisome to me. I live in Washington Sate and would like to attend a community college, but am concerned as to weather or not the collage will accept a Penn Foster diploma and weather or not I will be able to apply for financial aid as a Penn Foster graduate.
Your best bet is to find out if the community college you want to go to will accept PFHS diploma (I don't see why they wouldn't). Go to the community college and sit down with a financial aid rep. They should be able to help you find some financial aid. and to see if your diploma would be accepted at the school. Don't fret yet. Just go and find out.
Penn Foster High School is both nationally & regionally accredited. It is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania and equivalent to a diploma from a private Pennsylvania high school. You can view our accreditation here:
You can view just some of the schools that have accepted our high school diploma here:
Acceptance of credits is always up to the receiving institution but you shouldn't have any issues getting into most schools. Of course no school, online or brick & mortar can guarantee your acceptance. Earning your high school diploma online is quite common these days. As Timmalee Kemper noted it's always best to contact the school you wish to transfer to and speak to their admissions dept.
As for any negative reviews I can honestly say that they are few and far between. People usually only post when they are angry, did not do their research or owe us tuition. Some have had a bad experience but we make sure to reach out to everyone that posts on those sites and see if we can resolve their issues. Since the majority of them are anonymous you often cannot verify they are even true. If all of our satisfied students posted reviews the positive ones would outweigh the negative ten fold. To put it into perspective we have graduated over 13 million students since we started offering distance education in the late 1800's. We currently have over 150,000 students 30,000 of those are in the High School program. We graduate between 5,000 & 8,000 high school students a year. So even 100 negative reviews is a teeny percent of our student population. I encourage you to speak to other high school students in the High School space to get their feedback.
Luis, that is awesome! I encourage you to speak with an admissions counselor at Spokane Community College when you are ready. When I was in college my adviser was very helpful in my course enrollment decisions. Best of luck in your High School program and remember your instructors and fellow students are here to support you.
Hello, The Colleges listed on on website are only example of some schools that accept our diploma. We can only post the schools that graduates have shared with us. This is not a comprehensive list of schools that will accept Penn Foster's High School Diploma. There are likely hundreds more. If you have your heart set on enrolling at a specific college after completing your diploma, contact that college or university to find out if they will accept our HS diploma. DO this BEFORE you enroll at Penn Foster. We cannot guarantee that any school accepts our credits or diplomas. It's solely up to the receiving institution.
Well I did a couple a course with Penn Foster before they even change their name to Penn foster then it was ICS and never have a Problem with their Diploma and now I am study with them again, the course that I did was Electrician Technician and with that diploma I have better job then working as a Sr. Electrical Eng as chief of Maintenance in some resort, after I build up my experience I had my own business now I study Drafting with AutoCAD because I want change my career and I know it would benefit me. Therefore I cannot say that it''s a wast of time and money
as of right now i dont think it does if you are at a dead end in ur life and dont have nothing and want to better your life education wise its a really good way to get a second chance on your deploma. it may cost you but its worth it in the end and like above says your community collage always does. good way to get higher in life
Its not a waste of time and money and most colleges will take it because if most students cant cope with a regular high school they can stay at home and go to school. For example my mom went to this school before they changed there name and still had a chance to go to college. Now she also has a college degree to threw phenox Arizona too, so don't give up OK.
I think Penn Foster is a good investment in education and that you don't have student loans and for me the education is what's really important then thinking about paying off student loans in the future. You can study at your own pace and get ahead then anyone going to a college. If you are ready to better yourself and for others then Penn Foster is the right choice. Any person young and young in heart can being a new career at any age. There are a lot of student s here at Penn Foster that will support you and that we are in the same boat- to have a better future. Good luck Peter Barone
As for myself i agree there is a lot of reviews out there on Penn Foster.It did weigh on my discussion to enroll.I never wanted to get my GED and sell myself short.I knew i could get my diploma it was just how to get it since i couldn't go back to HS school because of my age.I am glad to be getting it even if it is a piece of paper.To just be able to say i did it is good enough for me.
i live in pennsylvania and were I live both community colleges and online colleges take this.In fact i got my diploma from penn foster and was very happy with the results.I tried getting my GED and failed many times but with penn foster I understood the information better and still use it now.I am currently enrolled in penn fosters web design program and I'm also enrolled at Kaplan university.The best thing is to call the school that you want to go to and ask if they accept it.I found most online schools do take this.and most community colleges as well.
Hello Margaret Barthel I would like to say congratulations on your completion in the High School diploma course I also took the same course back in Janurary of 2013 and finished this year in September 2014!! I also enrolled in Kaplan University online I started October 15, 2014. I'm so excited this is my very first time ever attending college, but I'm kinda of skeptical because of all the bad reviews I've read online about them. I have 3 weeks to back out if I decide not to attend, can you tell me how your experience with them....have you had any problems?... I'm so worried
sorry i didn't see this earlier.I had many personal issues so i withdrew from the school but it is a good school i don't have any complaints about the school itself.I needed to find something that I didnt have to turn things in at a certain date because I dont always have the time.This works bets for me.
I have been with Penn Foster for 3 months already. I am studying Computer Information System and I like it. Before I started studying I talked to an ex College Professor from a near by college. He told me that he liked what the course would teach me that it would teach me pretty much everything that he would teach. I have not had much trouble with Penn Foster, but the little things have been solved very fast.
I am half way done with my high school course and its very helpful and not a waste of time your instructor communicates and answers you when you ask for help and the best why to know if the college you want to go accepts Penn foster is to call that school and explain why your using Penn foster and if you can still get accepted, make friend with whom ever your speaking with to see if the can pull a few strings for you. I call the university i wanted to go to and they heard me out about my story and said I just need to make sure I take my SAT test and find a program the give scholarships and I should be just fine.
I received my GED at a traditional location back when I was a teenager, though it was not hard and I took the exams in less than 4 hours. I then went on to get a 2 yr AA degree in Liberal Arts. I am one of those students that took years (unfortunately) to figure out what I wanted to do. With my 2 yr degree I could get into most Universities with no questions asked other than how was I going to finance it. I have tried a couple different colleges to get a 4 yr degree and it all came down to running out of my grants and heavy loan debt and still not figure out what I wanted. Then I found Penn Foster and now I just wish I had found Penn Foster a lot sooner than I did because I would have saved all that money, not wasted grants and would have been doing what I found to be a passion of mine a lot sooner. I have completed a career Diploma with Penn Foster and now I am working on my BS in Business Management and could not be happier with my decision to choose Penn Foster.