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College & Employment

College admissions and employment have become much easier for homeschool graduates in recent years than they were in the 1980s and early 1990s. HSLDA has put a great deal of effort into changing laws and educating the public so that the merits of home education programs and graduates are recognized.

Despite the considerable progress that has has been made, homeschool graduates occasionally still face difficulties when applying to colleges or seeking employment. Admissions counselors and employers may be unfamiliar with homeschooling, unaware of state and federal requirements, or bound by outdated policies. These College & Employment Issues Library articles should provide assistance as you seek to gain college admission or employment and help you better understand what HSLDA has done and will continue to do to fight for our freedoms.

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HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School College Admissions Resource Page

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Department of Education Letter: No GED Needed for Federal Financial Aid for Homeschoolers
August 20, 2012

Does My High School Grad Need a GED in Order to Receive Federal Student Aid for College?
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Help for Homeschool Grads: The College Bound and Job Seeker
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November 2, 2010

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Homeschool Graduates Overcome Obstacles
August 27, 2008

Issue Analysis: Preparing for College
September 13, 2007

Issue Analysis: Homeschoolers Excel in College
August 23, 2007 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

National Center Resource on Homeschool Admission to Colleges and Universities
August 2007

Homeschoolers Score Well on ACT
July 31, 2007

House Subcommittee Proposes to End College Discrimination Against Homeschoolers
June 19, 2005

Bad Info Jeopardizes Scholarships
January 14, 2004

HSLDA’s Response to a Chronicle of Higher Education Article
January 21, 2003

Homeschoolers are a Growing Force in Higher Education
January 16, 2003

2003 Breakthrough for Homeschoolers Seeking College Admission or Financial Aid
January 2, 2003

Breakthrough for Homeschoolers Bound for College who are Under 17
April 30, 2002

Memo from the Department of Education on Financial Aid Eligibility
April 19, 2002 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Federal Financial Aid Law Revised to Recognize Homeschool Diplomas
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Even in 2000, Homeschoolers Saw Success in the Ivy Leagues
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College—Bound Homeschoolers Make Headlines
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 Helpful Reading from Outside Sources

The College Board’s Tips for Homeschool Admissions

The College Board’s Standardized Tests Information Page

ACT Test Information Page

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s College Guide

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Resources for Homeschooled College-Bound Stuents

The ACT Exam’s Official Website

The SAT Exam’s Official Website


Homeschool Students Excluded from Scholarship Program in 2003
March 2003

Victory over College Discrimination
June 17, 2002

1998–99 Average ACT Scores for Homeschoolers
March 22, 2000