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a Penn Foster’s programs can be up to 70% less expensive than traditional brick and mortar schools, and each program has its own tuition with several payment options. Students can pay in full and receive a discount on their tuition or pay with monthly payments. An automatic payment plan is available, which also includes a discount on tuition. You can enroll in many of our programs for an average cost of $2 a day. Only a limited number of programs have one or two payment options.
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Penn Foster is a great choice for a better future, but sometimes it's even better to hear from current students about how great it's actually going. Read below on how Penn Foster has changed students' lives.
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New JerseyPenn Foster Career School, Creative
For me, what I find that separates you from other schools is that you really have it all. A Penn Foster certificate will allow me to find a post in either writing or human resources. Which in turn will allow me to continue my education and earn – from Penn Foster College – my bachelor’s degree, and the added bonus is that it will cost me next to nothing compared to what other schools are asking for. My schedule is so busy that if I were to tell you all the unexpected things that come up in my life, it would baffle you. So, besides everything else that you offer, I would absolutely have to thank you for your understanding and the flexibility you offer your students.
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New YorkPenn Foster College, Veterinary
My first plan, early on, was to become a Veterinarian, but science was not my best subject. Through a friend, I learned that I could get my degree in Veterinary Technology. The thought of working in a Veterinary office sounded like a dream come true, but going back to school and raising 4 children seemed like a daunting task. I had heard about classes online, but always thought an education online was not taken seriously. After further investigation, I realized that this was not the case. Penn Foster College has a degree program that is accredited by the AVMA. After signing up, I was able to take live classes in my kitchen while making dinner for my kids. You can't do that at a brick and mortar college. In addition, I got full support from my employer. Not many people can say they love what they do, but thanks to Penn Foster, I can.
FloridaPenn Foster Career School, Law and Criminal Justice
Wonderful option to pay as you go. I also went to another online university and obtained my AAS in Criminal Justice degree and ended up with 14k in student loan debt. For a 2 year degree that is not a bad amount of debt as far as I have seen with other students. School is not cheap and I got military discounts, pell grants and Military TA but still was not enough to cover all expenses while I went to school full time. Love the Penn Foster pay as you go plan because it stays off your credit and helps you meet your education goals. I am taking the Legal Secretary Course now and I am paid in full, feels great to owe nothing and get a great education from an accredited school.
FloridaPenn Foster Career School, Trades and Industry
"I graduated from the Carpenter, Home Inspector, Residential Electrician, HVAC Technician, Plumber, and Landscaping Technology Programs. They are all excellent programs! Penn Foster programs are great!"
IllinoisPenn Foster College, Education and Childcare
"I was hired at a pre-school immediately after graduating. I was also able to transfer my credits, and I now am in a Bachelor's Degree Program."
MontanaPenn Foster Career School, Business and Finance
"Having a degree will increase my chances of being put at the top of the promotion list. I suggest Penn Foster programs all of the time to my coworkers. I am in the military, and Penn Foster is a very military-friendly school. I got all of my materials shipped to me while I was overseas for deployment."
FloridaPenn Foster High School
"Since I received my high school diploma from Penn Foster High School, I have received several job offers. Penn Foster is the real deal. Getting my diploma from Penn Foster was one of the best things that happened to me. I had a wonderful experience. I can finally go to college to work toward getting a degree. Now I will be able to provide a better life for my daughter."
OhioPenn Foster College, Veterinary
"I chose Penn Foster because I want to proudly display my deep commitment to not only the program that allows me to follow my dream of receiving a degree in veterinary technology, but the great school that brings an outstanding level of education right into my own home. As a Penn Foster graduate, I will have the backing of my peers and instructors when I pursue my dream job. I believe that people can be initially skeptical about the value of distance education programs, especially ones that require many hand-on skills. But when they hear that Penn Foster has some of the highest grade averages and national exam pass rates, they immediately change their tune. My potential employers will know that I am the best applicant for the job because unlike many other schools, Penn Foster has an exemplarily rigorous curriculum that prepares its students for everything in their fields. The faculty team is always so helpful-especially Dr. Jim Hurrell and CVTRachel! I would tell anyone thinking of online education to consider Penn Foster as his or her top choice! "
VirginiaPenn Foster College, Law and Criminal Justice
"I enjoyed very much the ability to become part of the Penn Foster group. The instructors were extremely helpful and kind. They were always there when I needed help or just plain needed advice."
MissouriPenn Foster Career School, Veterinary
"I found Penn Foster to provide everything that they promised. I completed the Veterinary Assistant Program and plan on taking another program in the future to further my education."
GeorgiaPenn Foster Career School, Automotive and Motorcycle
"The quality of materials and staff at Penn Foster are the highest of the various schools I have attended."
ConnecticutPenn Foster Career School, Creative
"I am so happy that I made a career change with the help of Penn Foster. Penn Foster makes it easy, and they are always supportive and encouraging to you. Whenever I had a question, I just gave my instructors a call, and they were very helpful and easy to talk with. The online testing made it convenient, and my shipments always arrived right on time."
MassachusettsPenn Foster Career School, Veterinary
"Penn Foster is a great school with amazing people who always help and work with you through ANY situation. I experienced a fire in my home, and Penn Foster was there for me to cope through the situation. Thank you, and I will be doing another program soon."
New YorkPenn Foster Career School, Culinary Arts
"I want to encourage anyone wishing to do a program with Penn Foster. You will get assistance and gain tremendous benefit from Penn Foster."
FloridaPenn Foster Career School, Culinary Arts
"I just recently graduated, and this program gave me the courage to start my own business. I would definitely recommend Penn Foster to others. Their support was tremendous. Thank you all for the encouragement.... Penn Foster rocks!!!"
TexasPenn Foster Career School, Healthcare
"After earning my Medical Coding and Billing Certificate from Penn Foster, I was promoted to a new position with a higher salary. Penn Foster has a great-paying schedule and their instructors are prompt in assisting you with your questions. I would advise anyone to take that leap and further his/her education with Penn Foster. I enjoyed my program so much that I am now in the process of getting my Health Care Management Associate Degree from Penn Foster."
CaliforniaPenn Foster Career School, Healthcare
"I'm glad I found Penn Foster and picked a great program that will help make a difference in people's lives. I was recently offered a job as a Physical Therapy Aide for a Rehabilitation Hospital. I am well on my way to an exciting, new career!"
MinnesotaPenn Foster Career School, Creative
"I had some sewing skills already, and considered myself a pretty knowledgeable sewer. But I learned so much from this program. And I wanted to acquire new skills like designing from draping, and I was thrilled when I got to this section. I would encourage everyone to take a program through Penn Foster. I took this program hoping to learn a little bit, but I learned a lot!! I see myself taking more programs in the future!"
TexasPenn Foster High School
"Anyone who is looking to enroll in Penn Foster, go for it. They helped me when I felt I had nowhere else to turn. This program saved my life."
IndianaPenn Foster Career School, Automotive and Motorcycle
"My responsibilities at my current place of employment have been increased to include the auto repair knowledge that I gained from Penn Foster. My employer has offered to give me a raise, as well as an extra title, as soon as I bring in my diploma from my program. I would tell anyone who wants to enroll in Penn Foster that this was the best and most convenient way to learn a skill. I received a lot of positive feedback and encouragement from Penn Foster throughout my program, and I pushed myself to meet the required timeline because of them. Enrolling in Penn Foster is one of the best decisions that I ever made."
MassachusettsPenn Foster Career School, Trades and Industry
"I would like to say that enrolling with Penn Foster Career School was the best choice that I ever made. I would recommend Penn Foster. I just have to say 'Thank You' to Penn Foster for achieving my goal."
CaliforniaPenn Foster Career School, Automotive and Motorcycle
"I really enjoyed Penn Foster's Motorcycle Repair Technician Program. I am retired and work on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles as a hobby. The program is well planned out. It increased my knowledge, ability, and confidence to work on motorcycles."
MichiganPenn Foster Career School, Trades and Industry
"After completing my Gunsmith Program, I opened my own gun shop. Penn Foster is a great way to get ahead in a career and the way the program was set up, even the busiest person can get through it. I'm so glad I found Penn Foster."
New YorkPenn Foster Career School, Trades and Industry
"My overall experience with Penn Foster was great. You are allowed to go at your own speed, and the school gives encouragement to keep you going. I would recommend Penn Foster."
North CarolinaPenn Foster Career School, Veterinary
"The education I received from Penn Foster was amazing. The information in my Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Program was outstanding. It has made a difference in how I train my own dogs. I highly recommend Penn Foster. The website is easy to navigate. When I was preparing to enroll in my program, the person I spoke with on the phone was really helpful explaining financing, the curriculum, and she was very pleasant to talk with."
North CarolinaPenn Foster Career School, Creative
"Penn Foster gave me the tools as well as the contact information to succeed in my endeavors. Before I finished my program, I received an internship with a fellow Penn Foster graduate. I am now a Professional Bridal Consultant."
PennsylvaniaPenn Foster Career School, Electrical
"I took the knowledge that I gained through the program and opened my own electrical contracting company. During this first year in business, I have exceeded all my goals and expectations. Penn Foster exceeded my expectations with this program. After working as an electrician for seven years, I was shocked at how much I was able to learn from the courses. I am currently discussing sending all my electrician employees through this program, so that they can move ahead in their careers. I recommend Penn Foster to anyone who wants a great program that will prepare you with the skills required to start in this field."
IndianaPenn Foster Career School, Law and Criminal Justice
"After completing my Legal Secretary Program, I received many interviews for legal secretary and the employers were very impressed with my knowledge. I also received three job offers. Enrolling in Penn Foster is the smartest thing you can do. I love Penn Foster, and I'm going to start another program to get an even better career in paralegal studies! I can't wait!"
KansasPenn Foster Career School, Healthcare
"I really liked this program. All of the information given in each lesson was presented in a way to help anybody understand it. The self-checks were really helpful, helping me review what I just read and making sure I knew the information before moving on. I would definitely recommend this program to anybody interested in being a Pharmacy Technician. Excellent school."
New YorkPenn Foster Career School, Healthcare
"Penn Foster's Sports Nutrition Program offers a good way to spark interest in sports nutrition and offers a certifiable introduction into sports nutrition for personal fitness enthusiasts."
IndianaPenn Foster Career School, Electrical
"Penn Foster made my goal easily attainable while working a full-time job. I've always been a "tech freak" and love to know what makes the world go round. Now I have the credentials to find employment in the career field of "endless opportunities." Thanks to the wonderful staff at Penn Foster, I will further my education here, because "I will never become too old to learn" :) Getting an education in my remote location was simply awesome. They sent all the courses and parts to me overseas. They even sent a digital training suitcase for building/running/troubleshooting circuit experiments."
CaliforniaPenn Foster High School
"Earning my High School Diploma has helped my confidence and secured my future. Enrolling in Penn Foster is the most rewarding thing you will ever do. The program was easy to use and the staff was very helpful whenever I had a problem."
TennesseePenn Foster Career School, Healthcare
"Penn Foster is a great place to learn. The instructors are only a phone call away if you need any help. They are friendly and eager to assist. It is a truly great way to get an education. I even met a few new friends online who were taking the same program that I was. We were able to help each other when needed. I plan on taking another program from Penn Foster."
South CarolinaPenn Foster Career School, Veterinary
"Penn Foster is a wonderful school. I am so thankful. I was glad that I was able to complete my program online and spend time with my family, and not be stuck in a classroom. I had some life changing events and Penn Foster was wonderful and understanding about what was going on. I will probably continue with this school to get my degree to become a Veterinary Technician."
IndianaPenn Foster Career School, Trades and Industry
"I have had great feedback from my employer after my training from Penn Foster. I have also had other job offers for Gunsmithing. The knowledge that you learn is priceless. Penn Foster is an excellent school."
OklahomaPenn Foster High School
"Penn Foster High School is a great program. They help you accomplish your goals and they build your confidence. They have helped me become a better person."
AlabamaPenn Foster High School
"Penn Foster High School is a great program to get into if you are considering getting your diploma. You can do it at your own pace and at your own convenience. Their instructors are there to help or answer any questions you may have pertaining to your lessons. I would have been another dropout if it wasn't for Penn Foster. I'm finally finished with my program and I'm ready to attend college. Thanks, Penn Foster!!"
OhioPenn Foster Career School, Travel and Tourism
"Earning my Travel and Tourism Specialist Career Diploma at Penn Foster has opened up more employment opportunities for me. Also, take advantage of the resume building information at the end of your program. It really does make a difference."
MarylandPenn Foster Career School, Healthcare
"Penn Foster was the one school that I found where I could work at my own pace while being a mom with a busy and active schedule, and holding down employment. With Penn Foster, I was able to tell my children that while they were doing their homework, I was going to do mine. I was also able to take my courses with me when I traveled or went to the library. It was nice not to be stuck in a classroom."
IndianaPenn Foster Career School, Business and Finance
"Even though I have been in the secretarial/administrative assistant field for almost 25 years, I still gained a good deal of skills from this program. The content of the programs is comprehensive and well worth the expense."
ColoradoPenn Foster High School
"Penn Foster is truly a great school. I am a wife, a mother of three, and work a full-time job and still managed to get my High School Diploma and my Microsoft Office 2010 Certificate. I'm now working toward my Career Diploma in Administrative Assistant. I would recommend this school to anyone. Thank You, Penn Foster!"
"I really liked that the Penn Foster programs are so systematic. Each lesson builds on what you have learned and it all works together. I also liked the feeling of being part of a class, even though I did all the classes online. Thank you, Penn Foster for being there for me. I am proud of myself for graduating."
OhioPenn Foster Career School, Trades and Industry
"The Gunsmith Program was very informative. I'm happy with what the program has taught me. I may never open a gunstore or gunsmithing shop, but I have the confidence to repair my guns and those of friends and family."
OhioPenn Foster High School
"It's never too late to accomplish your goals. Thanks to Penn Foster, I have my High School Diploma."
PennsylvaniaPenn Foster Career School, Automotive and Motorcycle
"I am self-employed and the training has provided so much opportunity for me to grow in my field and make extra money. Thank you, Penn Foster. Penn Foster's training has a very high educational value. I will highly recommend to anybody looking to better themselves through education and training."
New YorkPenn Foster Career School, Education and Childcare
"My Child Psychology Certificate provided me with a working knowledge of the welfare and well-being involved in raising children."
MissouriPenn Foster Career School, Healthcare
"After earning my Dental Assistant Career Diploma, I feel much more competent in the office. Penn Foster is definitely worth the money. I am now going to college to become a dentist. I believe that taking this program really helped me stand out among my competition."
TexasPenn Foster College, Law and Criminal Justice
"To any future students who are considering the Paralegal Program, I highly recommend that you do so, and immediately. The program is challenging and provides you with all the essentials you will need when going into the workforce. Penn Foster has a great faculty and staff that truly care about the well-being of their current and future students. Penn Foster has truly helped me obtain my degree through distance learning. I am a military spouse and, up until my last semester, I worked full-time and the convenience to be able to work at my own pace is excellent. My shipments are always on time and I never had any problems with getting the answers I needed regarding my coursework. Penn Foster has given me a life and a career. I feel joy to be graduating in just a few short months and I'm very happy knowing Penn Foster provided me with the knowledge I need to excel in my career. Don't think twice... please enroll today!"
MarylandPenn Foster College, Law and Criminal Justice
"After earning my degree I received a pay increase and a promotion to a supervisor position. In my opinion, Penn Foster College ranks among the top online colleges in the world. The instructors are superb, helpful, and are there with you every step of the way. Also, the student services representatives are courteous and understanding; they are there to answer any questions you may have. After each assignment I completed, the staff of Penn Foster always had encouraging statements that helped me to stay on course. Congrats to Penn Foster College on being the best and bringing the best out of me."
North CarolinaPenn Foster High School
"Penn Foster High School is a wonderful school. The material was challenging, but very clear and easy to understand. I love that it is available online and was shipped to my home."
TennesseePenn Foster High School
"Penn Foster is a great school with a wonderful staff of instructors. I truly enjoyed my experience."
VermontPenn Foster College, Engineering
"I am currently in my second semester of the Mechanical Engineering Technology AS Program and Penn Foster College is THE BEST online college for those of us who have full-time jobs and shift workers, because Penn Foster gives us the flexibility to study at our own convenience, at our own pace, and WITHOUT deadlines. And the cost is VERY inexpensive for a two-year Associate Degree."
"I am proud to have graduated from Penn Foster and I would do it all over again if I had to. All of the instructors and the Student Service Reps are polite, caring, respectful, and knowledgeable. They are all willing to help and they take pride in their jobs and each student they speak to."
"Penn Foster is an excellent distance learning school that prepares the student well for the work world. It helped me! Thanks Penn Foster! The high quality of the printed study units were a tremendous resource."
MissouriPenn Foster High School
"I dropped out of high school when I was in the middle of my freshman year. I wanted to earn my diploma and pursue my dream of going to college. Penn Foster was the right fit for me. Because I have 4 children and own and operate my own home child care business, leaving to complete courses and tests was not the ideal situation for me. I needed to be able to study and complete assignments when I had the opportunity to do them. After I completed my High School Diploma, I enrolled in college and I'm pursuing my A.S. in Early Childhood Education. I had a wonderful experience with Penn Foster and would recommend this program to anyone. I thank Penn Foster for allowing me the opportunity to complete their program and earn my Diploma. That piece of paper means a lot to me."