Online High School Diploma

Looking to enroll in college after you get your high school diploma?

Click here to learn about the Penn Foster Pathway Program.

State Restrictions

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.

Get a High School Diploma Online

Our high school diploma programs are online, affordable, flexible, and supportive for all types of learners. Penn Foster's regionally and nationally accredited diploma can help you gain the skills to enter the workforce, continue your training in a career, and get ready for college. Penn Foster high school is designed for students of all ages, whether you are a traditional aged student or an adult learner looking to go back to school and earn a high school diploma.

  • Traditional Students 
  • Adult Learners 
  • Homeschoolers¹
  • Student Athlete
High School Diploma Online

Being a high school graduate from Penn Foster and now a college student has really shot my confidence through the roof... my kids are proud of me, and I couldn't be happier.

- Shataya H., Penn Foster High School Graduate

I really didn't have much time to go for my GED, because there were classes you had to go to and the timing, for me, was bad. Penn Foster had the platform I needed to step on and join the military, and do what I need to do.

- Jariel L., Penn Foster High School Graduate

Advice to other parents who want to go to school: join Penn Foster and get it done! It's easy... whenever you have time, you can do it!

- Natasha M., Penn Foster High School Graduate

As a student at Penn Foster High School, you will be able to:

  • Choose from textbooks delivered in the mail or delivered online
  • Transfer credits from another accredited school or a GED
  • Access instructional support from our world-class faculty
  • Join Penn Foster's Community, plus immediate membership in the High School academic group, accessible 24/7
  • Create a customized payment plan with 0% interest
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Personalize your student homepage, learning portal and gain free access to Career Cruising

Is Penn Foster High School accredited? Will colleges accept my diploma?

It is up to the individual college as to whether they will accept your diploma, but Penn Foster graduates have gone on to study at many universities nationwide. Remember, colleges have a variety of entry requirements, and not all colleges recognize all high school diplomas.

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 by AdvancED Accreditation Commission and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). For more information, visit the Penn Foster High School accreditation page.

Will Penn Foster High School accept my transferred credits from a different high school?

Yes. Penn Foster also accepts transfer credits from a GED. To receive transfer credits, an official transcript from an accredited institution recognized by Penn Foster must be submitted for evaluation. Transfer credits will be awarded for comparable high school subjects where a full credit has been earned. Since high school programs vary, only an evaluation by Penn Foster will determine the actual number of transfer credits to be awarded. The maximum number of transfer credits allowed is 16.

What is the difference between a high school diploma and a GED?

A high school diploma generally represents 12 years of completed schooling and proficiency in core subjects as required by that state. The General Educational Development test (GED) is a content-based test that measures high school knowledge in five specific areas.

Penn Foster accepts transfer credits from a GED.

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* Average cost savings for students with prior credit based on Penn Foster internal data.

¹ Homeschooling Requirements: Penn Foster High School students who are of compulsory age must also comply with home school requirements dictated by their school district, or those students will be considered truant. You need to check the requirements of your district to ensure the Penn Foster High School Program meets the district's home school requirements.