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Penn Foster offers distance education courses at both the secondary and post secondary level. Penn Foster Career School offers degree and vocational programs while Penn Foster High School administers the High School Program.
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Factors that raised the rating for Penn Foster Career School include:
- Length of time business has been operating.
- Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
- Response to 306 complaint(s) filed against business.
- Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
- BBB has sufficient background information on this business.
Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details
|Complaint Type||Total Closed Complaints|
|Problems with Product/Service||126|
|Total Closed Complaints||306|
Type of Entity
Business ManagementMr. Frank Britt, CEO Mr. Dan Conrad, GM
Correspondence Schools Schools - Business & Vocational
Alternate Business NamesPenn Foster Penn Foster College Penn Foster High School Thomson Education Direct
The Center for Degree Studies program began in 1974. This program offers college-level courses leading to an Associate in Specialized Business and Associate in Specialized Technology degrees. Although some colleges and universities accept transfers for CDS courses, others may not. Consumers are advised to check the admissions practice of the college in which they plan to enroll before signing up for CDS courses.
The high school program began in 1972. They award a diploma upon completion of the course. This course was approved by the PA State Board of Private Licensed Schools. Consumers should check with their state to verify acceptance.
Consumers should read and understand any contract they sign, understand their cancellation rights, and contact the school directly to answer questions regarding policies or courses.
Penn Foster is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools and accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council in Washington, DC (202-234-5100) (www.detc.org).