The rumor/question/concern posted in one of our HS4CC groups argued that Liberty did not follow the traditional method of classifying college credit earned during high school differently than college credit earned after high school.
The traditional method followed by regionally accredited colleges that participate in FAFSA to classify credit this way:
- College credit (graded FROM a college) earned in high school changes NOTHING.
- College credit (graded FROM a college) earned AFTER high school can make you a transfer student.
- Credit by exam or ACE credit earned ANYTIME changes NOTHING.
So far, I’ve never heard of a college stepping away from that protocol but never say never. If *anyone* is going to do their own thing, it’s a private university (Liberty is a private university) but consider Liberty to be one of the “best 12” colleges to use for Homeschooling for College Credit, and I am really familiar with their practices, so I had to be sure.
Thankfully, I can report that Liberty University is 100% following traditional credit classification policy, and HS4CC parents have nothing to worry about! If you’d like to follow up with Liberty, I’ve copied the email they sent me:
- Always seek to understand policies. College policies can be tricky, but they are learnable! In this case, the family decided to attend a different college BECAUSE of the way this policy was explained to them or the way they understood it.
- See it in writing. Colleges have layers upon layers of very heavily followed policies, so when you talk with someone, ask them to help you locate that policy or information in the college’s current catalog.
- Ask the right person. Unfortunately, most of your questions will get routed to an admissions representative. They work really hard to answer a lot of questions every day, so by default, 99% of the “wrong” information told to parents will inevitably come from an admissions representative! If your question is nuanced in any way (which is often the case for HS4CC families) you’ll likely need to ask someone other than an admissions representative.
- Advocate for your student. No one else will. Colleges have only one goal, and that is to enroll every available slot for that year. How it lands on paper (cost and credit transfer) is up to you to scrutinize. Evaluate every single credit yourself, evaluate every single dollar charged. I have never heard of a student whose credit evaluation or account was 100% accurate 100% of the time. Errors should be expected, and if you can be there to help catch them, it makes a huge difference.
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Earlier this year I wrote a comprehensive post explaining the differences between a freshman applicant and a transfer applicant. Furthermore, it helps you decide which one is the best type for your student’s situation.