• Address: 14300 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 125, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 USA

  • Phone Number: 800-275-4410

  • Website: www.pennfoster.edu


Penn Foster College is a Private For-Profit college established in the year 1890 by Thomas J. Foster. The college helps students build bright future by providing accessible and affordable education. The institute was initially known as the International Correspondence Schools (ICS) and in 2006 it was renamed as Penn Foster, enrolling over 13 million students since established. It was one of the first

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pioneers of distance learning and has around 30,000 graduates passing out every year across the U.S. Their goal is to enhance the lives of their students and clients through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and credentials that can help them work toward their goals of advancing in their chosen field, starting a new career, or pursuing lifelong learning.

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Online Education at Penn Foster College

Penn Foster Online programs are self-paced and personalized which helps the students to learn at their own schedule.

  • Students are provided with 24/7 access to the supportive online community and receive coaching through comprehensive academic, professional and personal support of the faculty, student services team, and online Student Community.

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  • College provides various programs across various majors. Penn Foster College Majors include Most Popular Programs Veterinary Technician, Early Childhood Education, Business Management, Paralegal Studies, Medical Assistant


Some of the reviews about the college are given below-

  • The education system is flexible and well organized. Faculties are friendly and supportive. The online library is a helpful platform for students who are unable to reach the campus library.


Institution Type

Private For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Scottsdale, Arizona

FAFSA/Federal School Code

Penn Foster College is not Eligible for Federal Aid, Check available Scholarships

Institutional Accreditation


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Programmatic Accreditation


Historically Black College or University


Data Source: www.pennfoster.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.


The institution is accredited both regionally and nationally.

Penn Foster College is institutionally accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Programmatic Accreditation

  • Distance education programs in veterinary technology accredited by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.

  • The Health Program that is offered by the institute is  accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Majors and Online Programs

Penn Foster College offers 29 online programs across 12 Majors


Offering 3 programs accross 2 degrees

Criminal Justice

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Business Management

Offering 8 programs accross 3 degrees

Paralegal Studies

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Computer Science

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees


Offering 3 programs accross 2 degrees


Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Information Technology

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees


Offering 4 programs accross 1 degrees


Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Health Science

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Animal Science

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees


Admission Requirements

Penn Foster wants students to meet the following admission requirements in order to enroll for Certificate, Associate and Bachelor’s Degree programs

  • Completion of enrollment agreement with the required down payment.

  • Submission of complete information on high school completion or its recognized equivalent.

  • The application will be reviewed by the college and notified to the applicant about the acceptance or rejection of the application.

  • The college will award up to 75% of the total credits in transfer if the coursework has been completed previously at an accredited institution once the official transcripts have been submitted by the student for evaluation.

  • It is important that every student must complete the Basic Skills Assessment as it is the first step in every program and after the completion of the assessment the student can begin their first course in their program.

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  • For Certificate Programs, students must enroll in the entire program at one time.

  • For Associate and Bachelor Degree Programs, students must enroll in each semester separately.

  • Applicants who are from an institution where English is not the principal language must submit 
    • A score of 500 in Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - paper-based test.

    • A Score of 61 in TOEFL- Internet-Based Test (IBT).

    • A Score of 6 in International English Language Test (IELTS).

    • A Score of 44 in the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report (PTE Academic).

Technology Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows-based computer having Windows 7 or an updated version.

  • Apple Mac computer having OS X or an updated version.

  • Candidate should have access to high-speed internet.

  • Candidate should have an Email-ID.

For more information visit - Penn Foster Official Website.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Penn Foster College does not participate in Federal Financial Aid programs. It, however, has very inexpensive tuition and interest-free monthly payment plans. All the books and learning aid are part of the tuition fees. It also has student discounts and promotional plans for the students. You can visit the university website to know more about these offers. Scroll up to the top to find the university website address.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Several programs at Penn Foster are approved for veteran education benefits. Those serving in Reserve are also eligible for these benefits. Along with this, it also provides MyCAA benefits to the military spouses. Find more details about these benefits in the table below.

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Montgomery GI Bill Varies Served period of 36 months after September 10, 2001. Varies
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) Varies Service-connected Disabilities. Varies
Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance Program (DEA) Varies Service members who are permanently disabled or died. Varies
Post 9/11 Bill Varies Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
MyCAA Varies Any Military Spouse. Varies

Data Source: www.pennfoster.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Data Source: www.pennfoster.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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