Penn Foster Career School and High School have earned both regional and national accreditation. Penn Foster College has earned national accreditation. These forms of accreditation mean that Penn Foster schools and programs have been evaluated against a predetermined set of criteria set forth by the accrediting body.
National Accreditation: Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).Regionally Accredited: MSA-CESS
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-662-5603 www.msa-cess.org.National Accreditation: Cognia
Penn Foster High School is accredited by Cognia. Cognia is the world leader in providing improvement and accreditation services to education providers of all types in their pursuit of excellence in serving students. Cognia serves as a trusted partner to more than 32,000 schools and school systems. The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) are accreditation divisions of Cognia. This accreditation demonstrates our dedication to continuous improvement in all that we do.International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Penn Foster Career School has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, Penn Foster Career School is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.National Accreditation: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program has FULL Accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).State Authorization
Penn Foster College has been approved by Arizona to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.Licensing
Penn Foster Career School is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
Penn Foster Career School is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.
Penn Foster Career School is not approved or regulated as a school by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for the Veterinary Assistant, Pharmacy Technician or Optician programs.
Penn Foster Career School is exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 because the program is online or distance delivered and does not have a physical presence in the state of Alaska.
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and is authorized to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates.College Credit Recommendations
Many Penn Foster College courses have been reviewed by the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website at www.acenet.edu. Credits earned in Penn Foster programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.Better Business Bureau
Penn Foster is a Better Business Bureau accredited business with a BBB Rating of A+. The BBB only accredits the business management of a school, not the quality of the curriculum, or training programs.