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Associate Degree

Our Study Method

Penn Foster College is committed to the successful completion of your coursework and earning your degree. The typical Penn Foster College student experience goes like this:

1. The Enrollment Process
2. Your Student ID Number
3. Begin Your Studies
4. Getting Help When You Need It
5. Taking Examinations
6. Graduation

STEP ONE - The Enrollment Process

Select the degree program that interests you. The Penn Foster College website offers program overviews, curriculum outlines, tuition schedules, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates. You can even view U.S. government forecasts of employment demand and salary level by career.

When you are ready to enroll in a program, simply complete the student online application form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an Admissions Specialist. You can also request to receive an information package by mail.


STEP TWO - Your Student ID Number

As soon as your enrollment form is processed, you will receive your Student ID Number. If you enroll online or by phone, you will receive your Student ID Number immediately. You’ll need to use your Student ID Number if you wish to access your initial study materials online. If you enroll by mail, your student ID number will be included with your mailing label in the first package of books and learning materials.


STEP THREE - Begin Your Studies

Upon completion of a basic skills assessment, you will be ready to begin your studies. All your learning materials will be shipped directly to you. You can also log in through the Penn Foster College website. Use your Student ID Number to register as a new student. You will be able to download some of your first study materials immediately. When you receive your books and study materials, you should begin your lessons as soon as possible.


STEP FOUR - Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your program, just call our toll-free instructional support hotline. Faculty are available to answer your questions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. On weekends and holidays, you can leave a message and your call will be answered the next business day. You can also contact your instructors by e-mail or, if you prefer, by regular mail.


STEP FIVE - Taking Examinations

At the end of each lesson, you take an exam. As soon as you pass your exam, you can go on to the next lesson. New course material will follow as you complete your exams, so that you will always have books and learning materials to work with. A proctored final exam is required at the end of each semester. Our education department will assist you in making local arrangements.

Penn Foster uses a number-letter system of grading, with number grades being assigned to examinations and letter grades to completed courses. The letter grade for each course is calculated by counting the average of the lesson examination grades as two-thirds of the course grade and the proctored examination grade as one-third. Letter grades are converted to quality points for the purpose of computing the Quality Point Average (QPA) for each semester and the cumulative Quality Point Average for more than one semester. Quality points range from 4.0 for an A grade to 0.0 for an F grade.

Your examinations and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Lesson Grade (%) Letter Equivalent Rating Quality Point Avg.
90-100 A Excellent 4.0
80-89 B Good 3.0
70-79 C Average 2.0
Below 70 F Failing 0.0

You must pass all courses and achieve a cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) of 2.0 or higher in all studies to graduate and earn your Associate's or Bachelor's Degree.


FINAL STEP - Graduation

Graduates of Penn Foster College are eligible for Graduate Career Services which include assistance in online job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume.