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Penn Foster

Penn Foster

(570) 342-7701

Penn Foster

120 years in business
925 Oak St
Scranton, PA 18515-0999
Fax Numbers
  • (570) 961-4888
Additional Phone Numbers
  • (570) 961-4014
  • (888) 427-1000
BBB File Opened: 01/01/1962
Business Started: 01/01/1897
Business Started Locally: 01/01/1897
Business Incorporated: 08/23/1985 in PA
Type of Entity
Corporation
Business Management
  • Mr. Thomas Blesso, CFO
  • Mr. Frank Britt, CEO
  • Mr. Mark Slayton, Senior VP
Business Category
  • Correspondence Schools
  • Schools - Business & Vocational

Additional Information
  • 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...
  • 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.

Service Area
We service the following area(s): District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Alternate Business Names
  • Penn Foster Career School
  • Thomson Education Direct
  • Penn Foster High School
  • Penn Foster College
Licensing, Bonding or Registration
This business is in an industry that may require professional licensing, bonding or registration. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.
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).

Alerts & Actions

Government Action

State of Oregon v. Penn Foster Inc.

The following describes a government action that has been resolved by either a settlement or a decision by a court or administrative agency. If the matter is being appealed, it will be noted below.

On April 29, 2015, the Oregon Department of Justice (ODOJ) and Penn Foster entered into an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) to resolve allegations that the company may have violated Oregon's Unlawful Trade Practices Act.  Specifically, the AVC settled issues concerning the school's alleged representations that it had regional accreditation, transferable credits, and enabled debt free graduation.  Without any admission of wrong-doing, the Penn Foster agreed to modify its advertising, avoid stating that students can graduate debt-free and add the following disclaimer to its website: "No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits."  The company must pay costs of investigation, make a donation to a non-profit or government organization that works to further educational initiatives for disadvantaged youth in Oregon, and pay restitution to the consumer about which the allegations surfaced and other consumers the ODOJ deems were affected by the advertising.  For more information on this AVC, please contact the ODOJ at 503-934-4400.

Penn Foster

Penn Foster

BBB ACCREDITATION SINCE 08/02/1962

Customer Review Rating:

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