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New College Class Access Law Takes Effect
Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Maine. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>
With the governor’s signature on LD 61, homeschoolers now have access to free or low-cost college courses. There are only five requirements.
- The student’s educational program must meet Maine’s legal requirements for home instruction.
- The college must have space in the classroom for the student.
- The student must have completed all course prerequisites.
- The student must submit such evidence of academic fitness as the college may request.
- The student must receive the college’s approval of the student’s academic fitness.
The new law will take effect for the coming 2013-2014 school year. Only courses taken within the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy are eligible. The state Department of Education pays 50% of the in-state tuition and the college waives the remainder of the tuition costs. The student may be required to pay other fees and charges.
According to Dr. Lawrence M. Rudner’s landmark study, the average homeschool 8th grader scores at about the same level on standardized tests as a 12th grader. So it’s not surprising to see older homeschool students moving strongly into some college-level classes.
Our thanks go to Representative Eleanor Espling for sponsoring LD 61, and to Homeschoolers of Maine for working hard to make it become law.
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