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November 2, 2015

In-State, Out-of-State, and Out of Their Minds

Staff Attorney Darren Jones is a member of HSLDA’s litigation team, which helps homeschool families who are facing legal challenges. He and his wife homeschool.
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A Texas community college refused to offer in-state tuition rates to a Texas homeschool graduate. Why? The college disputed that she had graduated from a Texas school.

As Canadians living in Texas for years, the graduate’s family had complied with Texas homeschool law. Like many students around the country, the graduate had also been enrolled in high school courses from Seton Home Study, a homeschool program located in Virginia.

But problems began for this student after she graduated and applied to the local community college. The college accepted her, but then became confused. It denied that the student—a Texas resident—had graduated from a Texas homeschool, because Seton Home Study’s headquarters is located in Virginia. Thus, according to the college’s argument, the graduate didn’t qualify for in-state tuition. And because she was Canadian, the college wanted to charge not just out-of-state tuition rates, but international tuition rates!

Clear Explanation

The homeschool family called HSLDA. We responded to the college, explaining that the student had graduated from a Texas school—a Texas homeschool established in her parents’ house in compliance with Texas homeschool law.

After receiving our letter, the college relented and offered the proper in-state tuition rate to the graduate.

“As a Canadian-born homeschool graduate, I was delighted HSLDA could help this student get into the college of her choice,” said Staff Attorney Darren Jones.

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