Penn Foster College… Is It For Real?

by GuestPoster on October 14, 2011

Are you someone who didn’t complete your high school diploma or college degree years ago when you were young?  If not, it’s not too late!  You can still finish what you started by completing your high school diploma or college degree through one of the many online schools that now offer these credentials entirely online.  And in the tough economy we now live in, it’s more important than ever to have a high level of education so that you can earn the promotion you deserve or even to start a new career.  But which online school do you go with?  There are now so many to choose from.  Penn Foster College is one school you might have encountered during your search for the perfect school.  Is the school legit?  To answer this question it’s necessary to take a look at the school’s history and its accreditation.

In case you’re wondering where Penn Foster College’s offices are located, they can be found in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Interestingly, the school has a very long history.  It was founded in 1890 and was originally known as the International Correspondence School (ICS).  It’s very common for colleges to go through name changes and ICS was no different.  Eventually, it changed its name to Penn Foster, the name we’re all familiar with today.

Before you make a commitment with any college or university, it’s always a good idea to check out the school’s accreditation.  This is a good practice with any school, not just Penn Foster College.  Penn Foster College is definitely accredited.  It holds accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).  Although the DETC is a valid form of accreditation, it is not commonly considered to be as good as the form of accreditation that most schools in the nation hold… regional accreditation.  Regional accreditation is commonly considered to be the best there is.

On occasion someone will make the accusation that there is a Penn Foster scam because the school does not hold regional accreditation.  This is a very unfortunate accusation to make.  The school is definitely legit.  DETC accreditation is recognized as being valid by the U.S. Department of Education.  Even though DETC accreditation is legit, it does have some limitations that you should be aware of.  For example, credits earned through DETC accredited schools do not usually transfer to schools with regional accreditation.  This can be a serious issue if you take a few Penn Foster classes and then decide to transfer to another school.  Some colleges with regional accreditation will accept these credits, but not many.

Another problem you might have with a DETC accredited degree involves applying to graduate school.  Most grad schools in the nation won’t accept a DETC undergrad degree for admission into their graduate programs.  Because of this, it’s very important to earn your undergrad degree through a school with regional accreditation if you think grad school might be in your future.

Is Penn Foster a scam?  Not in the least.  The college is legitimate and has a very long history that spans well over 100 years.  In addition, the school also holds legitimate accreditation.

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