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College Sports for Homeschoolers

Vol. 53, Prg. 1–5
June 7–11, 2004

For years, homeschooled athletes followed a complicated waiver process to establish academic eligibility with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). But a recent policy change means that homeschoolers can now apply for eligibility by registering through the NCAA clearinghouse instead of seeking a waiver. They can be certified to participate in NCAA sports and scholarships by submitting a minimum of documents, just like their traditionally schooled counterparts. Tune in as Mike Farris explains how these changes open the door to college sports for homeschooled athletes.

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The basic guidelines
Room at the top
A success story, part one
A success story, part two
The new NCAA policy


Emily Domenech

Emily Domenech, a 19-year-old from Round Hill, Virginia, is the second of four children. She was home educated from kindergarten through 12th grade. A rising junior at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Emily has been on the college crew team since her freshman year. She plans to continue rowing next fall.

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“Homeschoolers and College Sports” Fact sheet

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