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Gone are the days when homeschooling parents had to wonder if their children would be discriminated against by admissions boards. Homeschool graduates have been earning high marks at the most prestigious colleges for many years now. Gone, too, are the days when "college" meant living on campus and receiving a traditional four-year degree. Young adults now have a world of ways to earn a college diploma—from correspondence schools to online degrees and "college at home." The information below will help you help your child choose and follow the appropriate path.
Admissions personnel who used to view homeschooled applicants with skepticism are now scrambling to recruit and enroll students who collectively score better on the SAT than their peers. The following resources will help you prepare to navigate the admissions process. Parents and teens interested in more detailed information on the college application process should read College Here We Come: The Application Process (link to the September newsletter).
As you begin the search for colleges that match up with your student’s academic and career goals, don’t overlook the nontraditional college experience. College at home— distance learning or correspondence course—may be just the right fit. Remember that finding a college will be easy; it’s finding the right one that matters.
- Choosing the Right College 2006 : The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools by John P. Zmirak (Editor)
- What tests do I need to know about?
- How difficult is it for a homeschooler to gain admission to college?
- What is a high school transcript and why do I need one?
- Does my child need a diploma?
Learning on the job reinforces classroom and book knowledge. It gives "real life" reasons for taking all those degree courses!
Due to the high cost of college, most parents will look to college financial aid in order to supplement their personal funds. A college financial aid package may include three different components: scholarship or grant money (free money that does not need to be repaid), loans (borrowed money that will be repaid either while the student is in school or afterwards), and work-study programs (where the student usually works on campus and money earned may be used for school-related expenses.) HSLDA’s high school newsletter on College Financial Aid will provide helpful information as you begin investigating this area, http://www.hslda.org/elert/archive/.
- Affordable Colleges Foundation Guides
- How to Go to College Almost for Free by Ben Kaplan
College-bound students need to take several important tests, and timing is crucial. For an at-a-glance summary of these tests, ideal schedules, study resources, testing for college credit, and more, click here.