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Sinking Homeschoolers Feeling the Squeeze

Sinking Homeschoolers Feeling the Squeeze
Do you feel like you are SINKING? Are you feeling the squeeze?

Do you feel like you are SINKING? Are you feeling the squeeze?

Many homeschoolers are sinking financially.  You know, SINK – single income, numerous kids!

My family functioned on a single income, so when we started thinking about college for two boys, we knew we’d have to come up with some creative ways to fund it. I spent a lot of time researching scholarships, and developed some great strategies for success that ultimately helped both of our sons receive full-tuition scholarships to their first-choice universities.

If you are discouraged by the costs of college for your children, don't just panic, take action.  The dishes in your sink don't wash themselves, right? Scholarships take some work too!

The best and biggest scholarships come from the colleges.  You can get more information in Getting the BIG Scholarships, available as a downloadable online classKindle ebook, and DVD.

Smaller scholarships are available, and can teach the value of hard work.  You can get more information in College Scholarships for High School Credit, available as a downloadable online class or on Kindle ebook.

Both kinds of scholarships are heavily invested in the "first come, first served" system.  Make sure you learn about both kinds of scholarships during the early years of high school.  For seniors, it means applying to colleges as soon as possible when their senior year begins.

First come, first served. Seniors, apply now for best success.  Don't delay!

If your child is younger than a senior, my book on College Admission and Scholarships will explain the whole process to you.  No worries!  You'll get this figured out!

For more information about how your child can earn great college scholarships, watch my video, “Getting the BIG Scholarships,” available both as an online class or DVD.
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5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions

5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions
Kerrie posted the sweetest comment on Facebook, while in the midst of a challenging marathon of writing her course descriptions.

This is what a house looks like at Christmastime when you wait until the last minute to write course descriptions and reading lists for college applications! Lee Binz of The HomeScholar - we should've listened to your advice and started much earlier! See well-worn copies of the two books on top of paper pile! (College Admission and Scholarships on the left, Setting the Records Straight on the right.)

When I asked if I could share her story and photo, she replied with an enthusiastic YES! She also gave some encouragement for other homeschoolers, so you don't need to spend Christmas of senior year writing course descriptions.  Read this, and maybe you'll have a wonderful winter break in the coming year
Dear Lee,
Can you believe I have been in homeschool leadership since 1990 and have applied to countless colleges with my older kids, and was even a public school teacher but had NEVER done course descriptions? They seems so overwhelming and I tried to avoid them at all costs! If your Setting the Records Straight book had been around 15 years ago I would’ve attempted them! I have read lots of books designed to help homeschoolers with college applications, but none are as well-written, thorough, clear, and helpful as yours! I love the College Admissions and Scholarships book too. We have purchased quite a few of both for our lending libraries and it is such a blessing to see people get the help they need!

Lesson learned: grab some books that will help you get the job done.
Actually, none of the colleges my older children applied to required course descriptions, but I know it would’ve been a good idea to send them. I think homeschoolers take it for granted that colleges completely understand their high school transcripts and coursework.  Some have even told me that if their child has a high ACT there is no need for course descriptions and reading lists. What they may not realize is that a high ACT puts a student in another whole level of competition. They might already have been accepted and even have a full ride for tuition, but then there are opportunities like room & board, work study, internships, study abroad, or even a stipend.Course descriptions can make their application much more competitive! (I hate the word “competitive, “  but you know what I mean!)

Lesson learned: be prepared with course descriptions for the best chances of scholarships.
This time around, some of the schools David applied to did require course descriptions and even extensive reading lists. David wants to be a pre-med/literature major and it is hard to find a school that excels in both areas AND is Christian or Christian-friendly! Even though his other choices don’t require course descriptions, we definitely sent or are sending them! We’ve tried to apply to all the schools by their non-binding early decision deadline. I hate to admit that our course descriptions were not at all ready at that date because we procrastinated, and underestimated how much work it would be to do all four years in one month! Thank goodness the university had some computer problems and allowed people to send in “extras” after the deadline! If not, David’s scholarship chances might’ve been compromised. Thankfully, the other colleges have later deadlines of December 15 to January 15.

Lesson learned: avoid a holiday crunch time by writing course descriptions every year, keeping up to date.
The books you saw in the picture are actually only a fraction of the books we used! You’re right when you posted that many people are “up a creek “ because they haven’t kept their textbooks.  We definitely have lent or given away almost everything we used –especially since David is my youngest and now taking dual-enrolled college classes. For example, he has studied every Apologia book in the series but we don’t have one in the house! Thankfully, our homeschool group has a large curriculum library where I was able to check out what we needed! Sometimes we just had to find what we could on good ‘ole Amazon!

Lesson learned: don't sell your books until you have written your course descriptions.
I am so excited that you will be a featured speaker at our 2014 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo! I wish I had heard someone like you early in my homeschool journey. 

Lesson learned: go to a homeschool convention each year!  I hope you can come see me in St. Louis in March!
We just posted your “The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling” on the Facebook page. Such an encouraging article! Thanks again for ALL you do for so many in the homeschool community. You are truly one of the “gifts” of homeschooling to all of us!
~ Kerrie Tate

Thank you Kerrie, for your words of encouragement to me and for other homeschool parents as well!

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Successful College Applications

Successful College Applications
Check this out!  One of my Gold Care Club members just found out that she is getting some AMAZING college scholarships!  This is a the senior portrait of Rebecca's daughter.

How does that happen? Here are some tips for success.  When Rebecca wrote to me about her daughter, she spoke about things that worked well (or not) and gave some great suggestions for others.

What can we glean from this successful homeschool to college application?

October 26th

Dear Lee,
I was a member of your Gold Care Club for quite some time, and I wanted to let you know how much your information and advice helped us.

My daughter Emily is now a senior and is going full-time at the local community college. She'll graduate with an AA and she's been on the President's List every quarter and is a National Merit Commended student.

For the last 2 years we've been researching schools and their requirements for homeschoolers.  Finally, the list was pared to 6.  We worked extremely this summer to get all of her applications in by mid-September.   She was immediately accepted to 2 private Catholic universities and offered their highest merit scholarships.  We're still waiting on the public school, the extreme reach school and 2 more private schools.  Also, since she'll be applying for the Honors Program in whichever school she chooses, we hope there will be even more scholarships attached.

My family keeps thanking me for all my leg-work, but I never could have achieved this without YOUR initial research!  Thank you for sharing your knowledge with folks and providing a service for those who are striving to meet all the needs of their children.  I don't think I would ever have considered private schools until I met you and heard how feasible it really is.

The only thing I would disagree with you on is the CLEP tests.  Most of the admissions officers I spoke with over the last year (too many...)  were not impressed with those as much as AP or IB tests.  Emily took them as an indicator of honors standing but she won't use those for credit.  I would urge teens to study for and pass AP instead.

Nevertheless, your information on college search, course descriptions, reading lists, homeschool profiles, testing, grading, extra-curriculars, and documentation really helped us so very much.  What also helped was simply your example.  You had high expectations of your sons, gave them the tools to meet those goals, then shared your experience with all of us.  This allowed me to see the possibilities and give my children the tools to reach their dreams as well.  Thanks for holding my hand through the first few years when I had anxiety over the thought of a FAFSA or application essay!   It's no longer a mystery, just a lot of hard work.

Keep it up!

1. My number one, biggest, most important tip is clear as day before she even gives a salutation. She wrote to me on October 26th. In October she already knew the results of her hard work.  Right there is my BIGGEST tip for successful college applications!  If you want to rest easy, get those applications done EARLY in senior year.  I usually suggest that you work on college applications during the first week of senior year, but some colleges actually have even earlier deadlines.

2. If your child is extremely bright, look at the National Merit Scholarship and what it requires.  Being a National Merit Scholar, or Commended Student, takes planning and reaps big rewards.

3. Apply to Reach, Fit, and Safety schools, at least 4 to 8 colleges, both private and public schools.

4. Research CLEP, AP, and Community College options carefully, to see what is best for your student.

5. Create great homeschool records, including a transcript, course descriptions, reading list, and activity list. Take this free class on course descriptions to learn more about homeschool records that open doors.

6. Get the help you need and crave.  You don't have to go alone through this challenging time.  I'll be happy to encourage you! Check out the Gold Care Club if you are interested.  Make sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter, so you can watch the calendar for important dates.

Now remember, you can do this!  Sure, Rebecca's daughter is both beautiful AND brilliant, but that's not the whole reason why she was successful.  Her applications were successful because she chose perfect colleges that wanted her daughter, and applied in a timely manner will well-prepared homeschool records. You can do that too!

Huddle over!  Hut, hut, hike!  Go out there and get 'em, team!  You can do this too!

Homeschooling is NOT the same as doing schoolwork at home.  There is so much freedom in homeschooling!  My Gold Care Club will give you all the help you need to succeed!

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3 Steps to Finding a College

3 Steps to Finding a College

Let me fill you in on a little secret. Finding a college is kind of like "finding" dinner each night.  First you have to go to the store and buy the food.  Then you have to decide how to cook it.  Then you make a gorgeous, colorful, and healthful meal on a perfectly set table with a fabulous centerpiece.... right?

Haha!  Gotcha!  I know homeschoolers aren't typically the "centerpiece" type.  But you get my point - dinner takes both planning AND implementation.  So does finding a college!  You know how a newlywed doesn't know how to make dinner automatically?  Neither will you just intuitively understand the process of choosing a college. So let me share some thoughts on how to do that. Three steps.  That's all.  Easy peasy.

Step 1: Attend a College Fair
Step 2: Visit Colleges
Step 3. Choose Colleges

Read Three Steps to Finding a College.

If you need more than "simple easy peasy" steps, and you are reading to take a more advanced approach to finding a college, I have three resources that will help.

If you are a book person, then grab my book, The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships: Homeschool Secrets to Getting Ready, Getting In and Getting Paid. If you love ebooks, then check out "Finding a College:  A Homeschooler's Guide to Finding a Perfect Fit" on Kindle.

Your best strategy for keeping all the balls in the air is preparation.  The HomeScholar Gold Care Club will give you the comprehensive help you need to homeschool high school
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3 Most Important Scholarship Tips

3 Most Important Scholarship Tips
Every year some perfectly wonderful homeschool students miss out on scholarships.

Don't let that happen to you!

These are the 3 things that make the difference between smart kids that DO get scholarships, and smart kids that don't.  Ready?

1. Apply for colleges first thing senior year - finish all applications by the end of November. Yup. Now.

2. Apply to 4-8 schools, with a mix of public and private universities

3. Apply to reach, fit, and safety schools: Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified


Are you doing these 3 very important things with your senior?

I'd love to help you through the process with the Gold Care Club!
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Applying to California Colleges

Applying to California Colleges
California colleges can seem a little "homeschool-challenging" at times, but it really is possible to attend these colleges as an independent homeschooler.

Let's look at a private college, the University of Southern California (USC).  You have to provide some additional outside documentation, through testing.  They want to see at least 3 SAT Subject Tests.

To be honest, though, it's not JUST homeschooled kids that have to provide the additional testing.  It's also kids who go to unaccredited public schools, or unaccredited private schools.  Did you know there was such a thing as an unaccredited public school?  Yup! It's true! That's why we don't need to waste our money on accreditation agencies, because we are treated the same as an unaccredited public high school.

So let's be clear. USC wants subject tests from every applicant.  They require subject tests from homeschoolers - but also from kids who attend a new public school, or an unaccredited public school, or an unaccredited private school.


Now let's look at another school, UC Riverside, which is part of the University of California college system.  They have a non-test method of assessment, called Admission by Exception." Basically, the child can explain why they are exceptional and deserve admission without taking tests. They only have a few slots available for this, so I don't recommend taking this route unless absolutely necessary, but it's there is you need it.  But look at it again, just for a second. Notice how it says "some homeschoolers don't have transcripts."  You, my friend, CAN have a transcript. It's not too hard,you can easily learn how.  This free class will help: Homeschool Parent's Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts.

Now don't get all worried.  The UC Riverside actively recruits homeschool students.   "Among the homeschool community, we find large numbers of students who are smart, mature, creative, independent and well-socialized people,” said Frank Vahid, a professor of computer science who has three children who are homeschooled. “We want such excellent students in our classes. They have a lot to offer the university community.” Homeschool students are "smart, mature, creative, independent and well-socialized people.”  That sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Read the article online.

They love you, they want you, they just want you to do some extra testing like many other public and private schools provide.  If you want to go there, it's worth the hassle, and if you don't, take your money somewhere else, and shop for a college that's more homeschool- friendly.  Either way, don't think they don't want you - because they do!

If you need any extra help, you will really appreciate my Gold Care Club, full of templates and tools to help you homeschool high school.
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Military Academy Admission and Upper Echelon Colleges

Military Academy Admission and Upper Echelon Colleges

A mother shared her concerns that the military may still harbor some hesitation about homeschoolers.  Requesting anonymity, she wrote this heart-felt letter:

"The official line of the military academies and of ROTC is that they love homeschoolers and the diversity that they bring.  However, during the application process, we found that to be not so true.  My son had an impeccable resume for academics (4.0, college prep classes, 13 hours from the community college, 35 superscore on the ACT); athletics (soccer every high school year, 5K's, black belt, etc.); and community service hours and leadership depth.  We found that he was down-graded significantly for academics because he had been homeschooled, despite the community college and mostly co-op classes that I had nothing to do with.  ROTC did the same thing and refused him the larger scholarship.  Since that time, we've seen it happen to other homeschoolers as they are turned away, being told to get a year of college under their belt to prove themselves and then apply again.  He was accepted to West Point, his second choice.I now recommend to my friends that they "graduate" their kids a year early and do their senior year full-time at the community college.  This would have saved us a lot of energy as we jumped through their hoops.  I realize it could negate scholarships at some other colleges if they've already finished their first year. With this information in hand, what actions can you take?"

First, recognized that the military academies are some of the most elite schools in the nation - much like Harvard and Yale.  For that reason, they admit very, very few students.  And for that reason, they must reject many, many very highly qualified candidates.  Your child can seem perfect on paper, but be rejected by one or more of the military academies.Second, the academies want much more than academics.  They want things that are intangible, and impossible to quantify with test scores.  These things include proof of physical fitness and endurance, and proof of leadership.  Demonstrating these things isn't enough, they want verifiable proof.  Understand their requirements and provide proof as needed.

Third, always have a back-up plan for college applications,no matter how gifted your child. When you get into the upper echelon colleges, when 90% of applicants are perfect, but only 10% can be admitted, it's almost like they are flipping a coin.  Be ready for the coin flip to go your way - or not.  Have a back up plan.  Harvard may accept, while Yale might reject, the very same child.Finally, consider this mother's advice, to see if community college might be an option for your child.  Although it's not something I normally recommend, for your child this might be a good idea, so research is necessary.  Remember that community college is a rated R environment, so weigh the pros and cons carefully.

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What About College?

What About College?
It’s a common question, frequently posed by skeptical friends and  loved ones. When homeschooling high school, the question “what about college? ” becomes more pressing. Intuitively, parents know that if they try to homeschool high school – and in some way fail – there will be nobody to blame but themselves. Parents are looking for some peace of mind that this path can lead them to the promised land of college admissions and scholarships.

I have great news! Colleges love homeschoolers! Homeschooling high school is starting to be more and more common, and colleges are very familiar with home education. Colleges try to attract homeschoolers through marketing campaigns and advertising. They want homeschoolers, and they spend money trying to attract home educated young people. My kids were admitted to every college where they applied and many other families are experiencing the same results.

Homeschooling high school can provide great college preparation. It comes from the nature of homeschooling itself. Homeschooling is efficient and effective, so families actually have more daily educational hours at their disposal. By focusing on the content of education, instead of all of the time-wasting activities that occupy public school students, homeschoolers can learn more and learn faster than their peers.

Parents can use this extra time to their benefit, by helping their child to dig deeper into subjects than they could in other educational settings. It is not unusual for homeschool students to show an adult level of expertise in their area of interest by the time they reach high school. My son had an interest in economics and public policy, and the overall flexibility of homeschooling permitted him to work at a public policy think tank from the time he was only 14 years old.

It’s not unusual for homeschoolers to develop unique pursuits like my son. Homeschoolers typically dominate geography and spelling bees not because those children are “pushed” into interests, but simply because of the profound independence they have in their schooling. The ability to “go deep” and “go wide” offers them a remarkable advantage over other students. It offers them the elusive ingredient that all colleges look for in their new admits — “individuality. ”

Do not place artificial limits on your homeschool. It doesn’t need to follow the form or convention you grew up with. There is a profound difference between “homeschooling” and “schooling at home”. Homeschooling independently is about freedom; the freedom to follow excellence in education as far and as deep as your student’s passion will allow.

Independent homeschooling can provide your children a real advantage in college admissions. Have confidence in your ability. Homeschooling high school is the best preparation you can provide your children for college and for life!

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Admission Advice for Homeschool Military Academy Enrollees

Admission Advice for Homeschool Military Academy Enrollees
Military academies. The uncomplicated thing concerning getting in is to be a homeschooler. The complicated part with regards to getting in, is everything else!

The military academy candidates looking for admission have to get a nomination, in most cases through a congressman. When was the last time you talked to your representative? Sally and I happen to be chatting concerning her son’s application to a military academy, and she has verified their admission requirements again.
The things you have suggested are right on for what we are trying to do. We are finding that having a high school sport is pretty important as well as physical fitness. Grades and awesome test scores are also important. And finally, leadership is utmost. There has to be proof of the student’s leadership, like team captain, community service, teaching others, etc. The umpiring that my boys did is really good.

Another thing we are finding is that with the economy as it is, the number of military ROTC and academy applicants is doubling and tripling…. very competitive. But as you said, it is great to be homeschooled as long as you have the above characteristics. AND get the paperwork in EARLY!!! Oh, and you were right on with your advice on Foreign Language. They want to see Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, or Persian. We went for Arabic.

~ Sally in Washington

The military academies want “evidence” regarding athletics just like they want evidence of of leadership. One particular recruiter explained to me that physical fitness proof does not necessarily mean ONLY high school athletics. It can mean running timed races, biking on the Seattle to Portland race, signing up for a running club or biking club. A 5K can be an fantastic example of demonstrating physical fitness. Just about any measurable physical fitness, really. Very much like leadership is measurable in the event that your children were umpires, like Sally’s. One of the most effective methods to document your homeschool that is certain to get the colleges to take notice is with comprehensive homeschool records.

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Go-Getter Gets Scholarships! Tuition Zero!

Go-Getter Gets Scholarships! Tuition Zero!

Dana is a long-time member, and she wrote to me ecstatically sharing about her daughter's scholarship awards.  I asked her to share the advice she would like to give to other mothers, and she has some wonderful suggestions that I think you will find useful!

Dear Lee,

I have been meaning to follow up and let you know the results of Natalie's college applications. It has been an extremely busy month with her graduation. She will be attending the honors college in an out of state public university.  Natalie applied for four scholarships and received all four. The first two scholarships reduce her tuition to zero. We will still pay for her room, board, books, and lab supplies.Now let me tell you how you helped with all of this. I joined the Gold Care Club during critical periods in Natalie's high school career -- her sophomore year, junior year, and again for part of her senior year.

During this time you gave me excellent personal advice, particularly on testing. If it had not been for you, she may have not tried to take the ACT, a test that we found was much easier for her than the SAT. The reason that she may never have tried the ACT is that we had to travel to another city to get to a test center which was a big hassle, especially in the winter.  After taking sample tests for ACT and SAT and finding that the ACT was easier for her, she focused entirely on the ACT. She ended up taking the ACT three times, improving each time. A good score on the ACT was the key that opened the doors to these scholarships.

Another great piece of advice you gave me was to pay someone else to teach the areas where I was weakest. I subsequently outsourced Spanish, physics, writing, and upper level math. This alone saved my sanity.

Lee, I can't stress enough how your guidance helped me have the confidence I needed to plow through the college application process. I know I was the one preparing transcripts, etc., but being able to touch base with you through the Gold Care Club kept me on track and thinking about the right things at the right time. I purchased the CDs on Testing and Big Scholarships, and listened to those in the car while driving the kids around to activities. Even though we had a terrible internet connection at the time, I managed to participate in a few webinars.

I would also like to share something that maybe you can learn from us.

Be a go-getter. On a lark, Natalie joined an entrepreneur class during her senior year. They were funded by a grant (not associated the school system) which provided a mentor, and Natalie was the only home educated student in the class. Their goal was to start a business using only $100 of their own money and make a profit. The class was quite an eye-opener for most of these kids --  the realities of business became very real to them, and in some cases the results were hilarious. Natalie chose to refinish furniture and sell it at craft fairs. She had to buy supplies, refinish the furniture, market her business, and finally, learn the art of selling. She had to force herself out of her comfort zone for many of these tasks. This was a valuable education in itself, but the added benefit was that she talked about her business in some of her scholarship essays and mentioned it in her resume. I know scholarship committees are always looking for evidence of someone who is a go-getter, and I think this helped set her apart from other applicants.

Plan ahead. Create course descriptions and book lists in advance.  Don't apply to just one college, because it's extremely stressful. Order a homeschool diploma and take senior portraits well in advance. There are so many things that happen during senior year, it's difficult to get it all done!  We have to plan ahead for college too, because our scholarship awards have some funny requirements.  She needs to join the fan club and attend alumni board receptions. This combined with the honors college activities ought to keep her plenty busy, so she will have to be judicious about her extra-curricular activities and to do only what she can handle.

Thank you, Lee, for everything you have taught me about the college application process. It has been a long  journey, and my daughter will be receiving $80,000 in merit scholarship awards at an out of state public university.  I learned so much from your website, the Gold Care Club, CDs, your  many resources and positive, encouraging emails.

Lee, you have been a blessing to our family and the best mentor I could have ever asked for.

~ Dana from Oregon, and her daughter Natalie

Invest in homeschooling independently!  Good things can happen in your family too!  And when it happens, please write to me, and share the wisdom you have learned.  It's like paying it forward, so other homeschool parents will benefit..

You can find great support and ideas from my online Comprehensive Record Solution and my book Setting the Records Straight. Let me know if you need help!
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Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers

Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers
How to get great letters of recommendation for your homeschooler.

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Coast Guard Academy Admissions

Coast Guard Academy Admissions
If you are a prepared homeschool parent, no doubt you’re steadily working on your child’s transcripts, you have test dates on your calendar, and perhaps even a few college visits planned for the summer of junior year.  But even with all that preparation, it’s important to remember that admission requirements are often unique between schools, and what one school requires might be very different from another.  If your child has her heart set on a particular school, make sure to become very well acquainted with the requirements of that specific school!

For example, all of the US military academies have their own unique requirements. I talked with a homeschool mother who researched the Coast Guard Academy for her son. She had extensive talks with the admissions office to make sure she could meet their admission requirements when it came time to apply.  She found that the Academy had very unique and specific requirements and suggestions.  Here’s what she found out.

The Coast Guard Academy requires a transcript with a school profile, as well as complete curriculum descriptions.  They said that their biggest concern with homeschool applicants is that they tend to teach to “mastery” versus the typical grading system that public and private schools use.  As a result, the Academy has some difficulty comparing grades between these two methods of schooling.

They also expressed some concern that homeschool applicants may not be as well-rounded as their non-homeschool peers, due to a lack of participation in clubs and sports.  The Coast Guard places a very high value on physical fitness (as do all the academies), so physical activities are extremely important to them.

The admissions office encourages homeschoolers to utilize dual enrollment during high school, to demonstrate a student’s ability to succeed in higher education.  They also encourage the use of standardized testing (CLEP, SAT subject tests, etc.) to demonstrate ability.  In order to convey what the applicant has done outside of academics, the school encourages parents to clearly articulate what the student did and how they accomplished it when listing activities and awards (i.e. Eagle Scouts, Captain of the Football team, etc.). A simple list of activities would not suffice in this case.  Lastly, they tend to place more emphasis on SAT/ACT scores when considering a homeschool applicant than they otherwise might.

Even if you satisfy their requirements, admission to military academies is extremely competitive, so don’t put all your eggs in one basket!  I also encourage people to count the cost to comply with college requirements.  I’m not a huge fan of community college (dual enrollment), because it is usually a very adult environment, so make sure to go into that with your eyes open. I am a fan of CLEP tests, which were a great fit for our children before they attended college.  Although not all colleges accept them, many will take them and give you credit.  And the old myth about homeschool socialization just makes me crazy!  You can demonstrate great socialization through activities like team sports, scouts, clubs, etc.  And of course, always be prepared with course descriptions!  You can't come up with those at the drop of a hat!

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Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!

Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!
"Honey, There's a Crazed Mob of Scholarship-Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!"

While we can't promise that this will happen to you, "The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships" really is a treasure trove for college bound homeschoolers and their parents! This paperback book is available now on Amazon. Grab your copy today!

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How to Assess College Admission Requirements

How to Assess College Admission Requirements

How to understand college admission requirements.

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Win or Lose, Scholarships Reap Rewards

Win or Lose, Scholarships Reap Rewards
When you compete for a scholarship, chances are someone is going to lose. Usually there is more than one qualified applicant. Someone will come up short. But if you need scholarships, then it will pay off if you apply to MANY scholarship applications, to improve your chance.

Win or lose, there is the chance of a great reward!

Applying for an application may take a lot of work - often the child needs to write a scholarship application essay. Even though your child might not think so, there are benefits to both winning and losing in this process. Of course, the benefits of winning are that you’ll get admission, or money for college. It might only be enough money for books or college fees, but even a small benefit can sometimes lead to a bigger benefit. Each time your student wins something, even a small thing, that’s an opportunity to write to their college admission people and tell them they won something. Sometimes, that prompts them to value your student more, and offer them more.

Sure, the process has that lovely benefit of developing patience! Beyond that, though, homeschoolers have additional perks. Your child can still get high school credit for all the work they put into applications, and they’re also learning valuable skills about writing an essay. Practice makes perfect when it comes to writing, and filling out all those applications will make them better at writing. They’ll be able to fill out job applications and other college applications better in the future, because of this experience.

No experience is ever a total loss! That itself is a great lesson for our teens to learn!

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