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Penn Foster Accreditations, Licensing, and Recommendations

Penn Foster Accreditation Details

Penn Foster Career School and High School have earned both regional and national accreditation. Penn Foster College has earned national accreditation. Accreditation is a public notification that an institution and a program meet the quality standards set forth by the accreditor. It means that Penn Foster schools and programs have been evaluated against a pre-determined set of criteria set forth by the accrediting body.


Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Penn Foster Career School, College, and High School are nationally accredited. This means that Penn Foster has met the high standards required by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. We operate with the highest level of integrity, so our graduates can benefit from an accredited education.

Click here for more information on why DEAC accreditation is so important to your education.

Accreditation logo The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is also a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-662-5603 www.msa-cess.org.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Penn Foster Career School has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, Penn Foster Career School is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
Regional National Accreditation logo You can be confident in the credibility of our school. Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program has FULL Accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). This accreditation "represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the United States. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review."
Regional National Accreditation The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).


Penn Foster Career School and High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.

Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and is authorized to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates.

College Credit Recommendations

Regional National Accreditation Many Penn Foster College courses have been reviewed by the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website at www.acenet.edu. Credits earned in Penn Foster programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.

Approved for veteran's education benefits

Many Penn Foster programs are approved for veteran's education benefits. Reservists may also qualify for veteran's education benefits. All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. Military personnel for tuition reimbursement. If you think you may be eligible or would like more information, you can check with your local or regional VA office or call Penn Foster at 888-427-2900 to speak with a VA Support Specialist.

Better Business Bureau

Penn Foster is a Better Business Bureau accredited business with a BBB Rating of A+.


The BBB only accredits the business management of a school, not the quality of the curriculum, or training programs.

Disclaimer: No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.

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