High School Diploma

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High School Diploma

Whether you're a high school-aged student looking to finish your diploma online, a parent looking into at-home learning options for their student, or you're going back to school as an adult to earn your diploma, Penn Foster High School can help! Through flexible, online classes, you can earn your accredited high school diploma¹ on your schedule, from home.  

  • Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and nationally accredited through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and Cognia, the world leader in providing improvement and accreditation services to education providers of all types in their pursuit of excellence in serving students.
  • Transfer eligible credits from your previous high school to save time and money when earning your diploma with Penn Foster. 
  • Earning a high school diploma can prepare students to enter the workforce, college, or the military. 
  • Our high school diploma classes cover standard subjects like English and math, as well as offering five elective courses of your choice such as American Literature, Algebra, or career-preparation courses like Auto Repair and Vet Assistant.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.

Save up to $450 Ends 2/7/2023

Cost of Program


$1,399 Save $450


$55/month, Start for as low as $1

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in English Language Arts courses.
  2. How to use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in science courses.
  3. How to use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in math courses.
  4. How to utilize writing skills to complete writing assessments.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

High School Diploma Career Outcomes

Penn Foster High School is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the skills needed to enter the workforce, enroll in a college or university, or join the military. Whether you’re working on a traditional high school curriculum or you choose one of our career pathway diplomas, you’ll build the skills and knowledge to help you take the next steps toward your goals. High school graduates have the potential to qualify for more job opportunities and can earn as much as $9,516 more per year than someone who hasn't graduated.

State Licensing Requirements

If you are interested in pursuing post-secondary education within your state you should check with your state to understand the requirements. States may impose requirements for receiving state financial aid. For example, an online High School diploma may not be recognized by some colleges and universities within your state to receive financial aid. We recommend you check with the institution for any specific restrictions - this is particularly important for residents of New York.

Online High School Diploma Curriculum

  • 16.5 core credits
  • 5 elective credits 

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 6 months
  • Average time = 15 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

Our online high school diploma curriculum is a total of 21.5 credits, including your basic general education requirements, like English and math courses. Penn Foster High School students get to choose 5 elective credits, ranging from academic electives like American literature and algebra to career electives, like pharmacy technician, residential electrician, or vet assistant. If you choose to focus on a specific career in one of our pathway high school programs, your electives will be focused on skills needed for your chosen career path. Your courses include:

  • Written Communication
  • General Math
  • Biology
  • American History

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High School Diploma Success Stories

Graduates of Penn Foster's High School Diploma program have been able to start new careers, advance in their current jobs, join the military, or pursue college degrees - all while learning at the speed that works best for them!
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Selina L. 

High School Graduate, 2021

“Obtaining my high school diploma was the first important step I needed to take in order to get to college. Penn Foster paved the way for me to take the next step into my career.”

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High School Diploma Tuition

Take the first steps toward joining the workforce, advancing in your career, attending college, or joining the military with our accredited online high school diploma. Whether you choose our traditional high school curriculum or one of our career-focused high school pathways, you can choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

Save up to $450 Ends 2/7/2023

Cost of Program


$1,399 Save $450

  • Best price. Best value.
  • Pay the full cost today
  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

Save up to $100 Ends 2/7/2023

Cost of Program


$1,399 Save $100

  • Pay $55 per month
  • Start for $1 down
  • Credit card, PayPal, or ACH from bank account
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Pay $55 per month
  • Start for $39 down
  • Mail your payment using coupon book
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Need more info or ready to enroll?

Looking for more information on transfer credits, military benefits or our refund policy. find this this information and more about tuition and enrollment.

Tuition & Payment Options

Our Proven High School Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online Student Community
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

Penn Foster High School Diploma FAQs

Is Penn Foster High School accredited?

Yes, it is! Penn Foster High School is nationally accredited by both the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and Cognia. In addition to our national accreditation, we are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (CSS-MSA). You can find more details about each of our accreditations on the Penn Foster Accreditations page.

How much does online high school cost?

There are several factors that influence the total price of our high school program, including monthly offers, whether you’re transferring credits into the program and the payment plan you choose. We pride ourselves on making our high school program as affordable as possible, giving you the option to choose the payment plan that works best for your budget. Visit our online high school tuition page to get more information about costs and our payment plan options.

Does Penn Foster online High School accept transfer credits from other schools?

In order to successfully transfer credits into Penn Foster High School, you’ll need an official, sealed transcript sent from your previous school for evaluation. Your credits will likely transfer if the courses are equivalent to our curriculum and are from a regionally accredited high school. Visit our high school credit transfer page for more details.

Can adults enroll in online high school with Penn Foster?

Penn Foster welcomes students of all ages, including adult learners. Enrolling in our high school program is open to anyone 13 years or older who has completed the 8th grade. We know how challenging it can be to earn your diploma as an adult learner so we do our best to make it as easy as possible for you with our online and self-paced learning platform.

What is Penn Foster's online high school curriculum like?

In order to earn your high school diploma from Penn Foster, you will need to complete 16.5 core credits and 5 elective credits. Each student gets to choose their five elective requirements from courses ranging from music appreciation and psychology to vocational courses such as small business management and veterinary assistant.

Our core curriculum is made up of English, math, social science, science, arts and humanities as well as health and physical education courses. If you are transferring credits, your coursework may vary.

High School Diploma for English Learners

Learn English online and on your schedule while earning an accredited high school diploma.

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¹ The Penn Foster High School Diploma is a proprietary program. You are solely responsible for ensuring that the program and program award satisfy the education requirements of potential employers, desired postsecondary institutions, and all other relevant agencies. Neither job placement nor postsecondary admission are guaranteed to graduates upon program completion. Students who attend and complete the program as an adult, age 18 years or older, who wish to further verify their earned award may request a Certificate of Preliminary Education according the process outlined in the student catalog. The program name on file with the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed schools is High School 9-12.

*In order to ensure that we are compliant with all of the regulations in your state, there is a minimum age requirement of 18 for our Career programs for Texas residents.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Learn moreEducation Pays, 2021" Career Outlook Handbook. Accessed September 23, 2022.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.