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

  • Phone Number: 800-275-4410

  • Website: https://www.pennfoster.edu/college


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 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

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.

  • 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.

  • Penn Foster College is an excellent school!! It is very flexible so you work with your own schedule! The veterinary technician program is great as it deals with all the current techniques related to the subject so students are able to get jobs quickly after they finish their course.


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



Veterans Friendly , Military Friendly, Military Spouse Friendly, Yellow Ribbon Program, G.I Bill


Hilton Worldwide, Banfield Pet Hospital, EmployBridge, YouthBuild, Walgreeens, CVS Pharmacy, Bluepearl

Data Source: https://www.pennfoster.edu/college, 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

Admissions and Application Requirements

Penn Foster College Admission Process

Penn Foster College Admissions

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.

  • Additional courses will be available online on the student's portal, once the lessons are completed.


  • 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.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Military Aid

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: https://www.pennfoster.edu/college, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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


  Is Penn Foster College nationally or regionally accredited?

Yes. It is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

  Will Penn Foster credits transfer?

The credits can transfer from Penn Foster to other institutions, if eligible. It accepts credits from the accredited colleges/universities. The college also has counselors to answer the questions related to credit transfer.

  What city and state is Penn Foster College?

It is located in Scottsdale in the state of Arizona.

  Are Penn Foster degrees accepted?

Yes. Penn Foster degrees are accepted for employment and to pursue higher education in the educational institutions. 

  Does the college accept Financial Aid?

No. They don't accept financial aid as they provide students with payment plans for 0% interest, low program costs, and student discounts.

  How much do programs cost?

It varies according to the program which student wants to pursue from the college. Its average tuition fee ranges from $1,794 to $9,520 depending on the program and degree type.

  What happens if the student misses a payment?

Penn Foster student services are available to address the queries as well as students will have a certain grace period to pay the amount.

  Do students have to attend online classes at a particular time?

No. All the videos are uploaded on the website for the students to study according to the own pace. Webinars are held for certain courses as well as for the question and answer sessions.

  How long does a program take to complete?

All the programs are self-paced and there is no particular period to complete the program.

  What types of military benefits does Penn Foster College accept?

Veteran education benefits and MYCAA are the military benefits accepted by the Penn Foster College.

  Does Penn-Foster offers financial aid?

Penn-Foster does not offer financial aid.

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