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Penn Foster College Accreditations, Licensing, and Recommendations

Penn Foster College has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, recommendations, and licensing.


Penn Foster is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

DEAC Student Achievement Disclosure for the Public Form - Penn Foster College


Penn Foster College's Vet Tech 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."


Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Assistant program is approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Upon graduation from a NAVTA approved veterinary assistant program, participants are eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

State Authorization

Penn Foster College has been approved by Arizona SARA Council (AZ SARA)  to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
CDA Gold Standard from the Council for Professional Recognition

CDA Gold Standard from the Council for Professional Recognition

Penn Foster College is one of only 16 training organizations to have earned the CDA Gold Standard from the Council for Professional Recognition, following a quality review of training and student services by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA Gold Standard is a recognition of excellence that quickly identifies a leading CDA training program for students who wish to pursue early childhood education. The CDA Gold Standard validates and acknowledges high-quality training aligned with the CDA subject areas, collaboration with the CDA Council, and a commitment to improving and advancing the ECE profession.
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education


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, Undergraduate Certificates, and Career Diplomas.
College Credit Recommendations

College Credit Recommendations

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster Degree and Undergraduate Certificate courses. 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. Over 2,000 schools consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer to their degree programs. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website.
Military Family

Approved for veteran's education benefits

Many of Penn Foster's online education programs are approved for veteran's education benefits. Reservists may also qualify for veteran's education benefits. 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. Please note: Individual high school courses are not eligible for veteran’s education benefits.

Better Business Bureau

Penn Foster College is a Better Business Bureau accredited business with a BBB Rating of A+.
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Disclaimer: No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.