StraighterLine or Penn Foster College

Which Online College Course Provider Is Better for You?

That depends on who you are, what you want to study, and what you want to do with your courses once you’re done.

Eligibility

Penn Foster College
  • Degree program students must have a GED or HS Diploma.
StraighterLine
  • Everyone is eligible, including High School students.

How Many Courses Can You Take?

Penn Foster College
  • One course at a time
StraighterLine
  • Unlimited courses, as many as you want at a time.

Term Length:

Penn Foster College
  • Self-paced. Take up to a year to finish any semester.
StraighterLine
  • Self-paced. Take up to a year to finish any course.

Credit Transfer

Penn Foster College
  • Courses have been accepted at over 35 other colleges and universities.
  • Courses may transfer through ACE to over 1800 participating colleges and universities.
StraighterLine
  • Courses automatically transfer to 30 partner schools and institutions.
  • Courses have been accepted at over 300 other colleges and universities.
  • Courses may transfer through ACE to over 1200 participating colleges and universities.

Cost

Penn Foster College
  • $70 per credit for 1st semester, $90 per credit for semesters 2-4.
  • 0% Financing available.
StraighterLine
  • 2 Affordable subscription plans.
  • College for $99 a month plus $49/course registration fee, unlimited courses.
  • Freshman Year for $999: up to 10 courses for $999.

SUMMARY

If you want to take more expensive online courses that may transfer through ACE, or if you plan on getting your degree from an accredited, online school, then you may be interested in enrolling at Penn Foster College.

But if you want to take online courses at a much lower cost and then transfer them automatically to dozens of leading online partner colleges and universities, or through ACE to get your degree, StraighterLine is the better choice for you.