At the start of each month, I’m sharing excerpts from Homeschooling for College Credit second edition! I have several favorite sections that I refer to time and again, and I hope you enjoy them. Today’s section is from Chapter 6: Dual Enrollment Advice
Dual Enrollment in your State
There are several “levels” of dual enrollment access and most of the time it depends on the state you’re homeschooling in. In the most restrictive states, there is no dual enrollment allowed for homeschoolers at all—your teen needs their high school diploma or GED to take college classes. Keep in mind that a “standard college entrance policy” requires a high school diploma or GED, so these restrictive colleges aren’t really doing anything wrong, but they are not opening their admissions and granting access—so in other words, dual enrollment is a privilege being extended to students, allowing them to enroll in advance of meeting regular entrance requirements. As such, not everyone gets this privilege.
Here are 7 variations of privilege you’ll find as you search the public community college procedures in all 50 states:
1. Not allowed for high school students of any type.
2. Allowed if you’re enrolled in public/private high school, but not open to homeschool students.
3. Allowed for everyone, but you have to pay full tuition.
4. Allowed for everyone, but the state tells you how many credits/ courses you can take.
5. Allowed for everyone, and the state provides a tuition waiver for reduced tuition.
6. Allowed for everyone, and the individual school decides if tuition is reduced.
7. Allowed for everyone, and the state funds the program making it “free” for all high school students.
In an effort to help each of you take FULL advantage of all dual enrollment in your own state, I urge you to join the Homeschooling for College Credit FACEBOOK group for your state! Find your state group
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