Live Q&A Coming Friday

I’m hosting a Live Q&A on Friday for 1 hour over Zoom! Have questions about how to earn college credit, use CLEPs, or register for dual enrollment? This is the event where you can get answers!

Event date: Friday September 30, 2022

Event time: 5pm EST – 6pm EST

Platform: Zoom

Registration: free to attend, but registration is required Sign up link

Want to be sure your question is answered? Send it to me ahead of time

Though it is unlikely that we will run out of space, the meeting size is limited to 100 participants. If we do run out of space, I’ll schedule another one for next week.

College on the Cheap: My New Podcast (Episode 1)

Please join me with my long-time HS4CC moderator and college credit expert Shelley Cloutier as we embark on a new podcast COLLEGE ON THE CHEAP! College on the Cheap is a podcast for the college-bound who appreciate the value of a penny. Though we are both homeschooling parents, this podcast isn’t about homeschooling, it’s for anyone with a passion for getting a college degree on the cheap! We have a few episodes finished already, and hope to bring you a few more this year. Let me know what you think!

Episode 1: Getting into College is Easy Every student feels the intensity as they get closer to graduation, sometimes even as early as 9th or 10th grade everyone starts asking, “Where are you going to college?”  But admissions propaganda is a distraction from the real question everyone should be asking. 

BREAKING NEWS: free CLT10 today only

Today is the last day to register for our September 27 & 28 CLT10! This is a fantastic opportunity for 9th and 10th graders to begin prepping for college entrance exams and to see if they qualify for our $2,500 scholarship award. Many of our 2022 scholarship winners earned their qualifying score in the fall, so it’s never too early to jump in and start testing. Students can take the CLT10 from home with a parent proctor on the 27th or 28th. The exam only lasts two hours, and we’ll even waive the $44 test fee when students fill out this short inquiry form for Covenant College.Registration closes tonight 9/22/2022 at 11:59pm Pacific time.
Can’t test on September 27 or 28? We’re offering the CLT10 three more times this academic year on November 15-16, February 7-8, and April 18-19.

Parent Question: Does College Board ever change the passing score needed?

“Hello. I understand that colleges can change which CLEP exams they will accept every year. I was wondering if the College Board updates/changes the passing score for the CLEP exams?” What a wonderful question – I like where your thoughts are taking you, and I can’t wait to dig into this answer.

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2-Year Degrees: New HS4CC Class!

Whether you want your teen ready for work or to save time and money on the path to a bachelor’s degree, 2-year degrees can help you get there. The key to a successful transfer is resourceful planning. In my new class I’ll teach you how to plan an associate’s degree for your homeschooled teen that WILL transfer into their target university.

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Has Your Homeschooling for College Credit Program Gone too Far?

I’ve always been a cheerleader for motivated parents of average students. Mainly because those are my people- that’s me. Deliberate and intentional homeschooling with average and sometimes apathetic kids. My kids don’t share my enthusiasm, but really, what could go wrong?

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2 Ways to Calculate 1 High School Credit

As a homeschooler, you have a lot of freedom to direct your teen’s learning, but one of the most common fears parents have is when it comes to calculating a high school credit. What exactly = 1 credit, and how can you be sure your teen is doing “enough” for you to count it? What about honors? Here are 2 rock-solid options.

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Update: choose 1 Free Dual Enrollment Course to start in October

3 dual enrollment updates:

  1. There are still many slots open for the 1 free dual enrollment opportunity with Grand Canyon University. To recap, any 12th grader can take 1 of their dual enrollment courses (Oct start) for free. There are multiple start dates. See details here
  2. there is ONE slot still remaining in the free 10/3 class. This is for those who want in the private American Government cohort. This is a GCU class that will consist only of HS4CC teens. Sign up here
  3. There are FIVE slots still remaining in the free 10/20 class. This is for those who want in the private American Government cohort. This is a GCU class that will consist only of HS4CC teens. Sign up here

90-Day Degree

Did your teen graduate high school but not finish their degree? Are you looking for a degree that can use YOUR old college credit?

Newest HS4CC community: Now open!

90-Day Degree: The CLASS

For adult learners who graduated high school 2 or more years ago (no exceptions), The Board of Governors Associate of Applied Science degree program at Pierpont Community and Technical College is a nontraditional degree completion opportunity.

  • Earn a regionally accredited, totally legitimate, associate’s degree.
  • Apply your existing credit or earn new credit.
  • Check the box – this degree works for anyone with college credit or who is motivated to earn college credit using alternative products like Sophia, Studycom, or CLEP.
  • This class is a complete roadmap with support activities, a encouragement, check-in, and one on one guidance. I’m with you from application to graduation.
  • You’ll move at the speed of budget, paying cash as needed, and at your own pace.
  • The class helps you pace your plan over 90 days, but you can take up to 1 year to finish if necessary.
  • You’ll work independently but with my personal support.
  • Everyone in our 90 Day Degree group is working on the same goal.
  • This group is OPEN NOW.
  • Enrollment in the community ends in November.
  • Taught by Jennifer Cook-DeRosa

Credly: Check Your Teen’s Account Today

If your teen has college credit through ALEKS, Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, CSM Learn, Penn Foster, Gateway Education, TEEX, FEMA, College Plus, or any other alternative credit provider, be sure you’ve set up a Credly account.

For those who earned college credit before 2021:

In 2021, anyone with American Council on Education (ACE) credit was asked to move their old credit over to a new company called Credly / Acclaim. Credly will “hold” your old and new ACE credit on an official Credly transcript. While ACE used to offer this service, they no longer do, so if you have an old ACE transcript (pre-2021) you should collect your credits sooner rather than later. To emphasize, you can no longer get a transcript from ACE.

To set up a free Credly account, simply go to and create an account. Be sure to do this in the name of the person that holds the college credit. If possible, it will make things easier to use the same email address linked to their old college credits, but it’s not necessary. Once you create your free account, you now must go to each old account that held ACE credit and ask them to send your credits to your new Credly account. Be prepared for a clunky and inefficient process. You may need to do this via chat box, email, or by phone.

Examples of credit you will need to put on your teen’s Credly transcript:

  • ALEKS Corporation—McGraw Hill
  • Saylor Academy
  • Sophia
  • Straighterline (ACE)
  • (ACE)
  • Workplace Training
  • GED Exam
  • The Institutes for Statistics Education (ACE)
  • SeeMore Impact Labs (formerly CSM Learn)
  • Penn Foster College (limited to ACE courses only)
  • Gateway Education (ACE)

The following companies are not currently participating at the time of this writing, though it’s worth contacting them anyway. Many of us have college credit from these companies and want to use it! Without their participation in the new Credly process, your college credit earned through them is likely lost.

  • College Plus
  • FEMA Independent Study
  • Gateway Education
  • Lumerit
  • National Fire Academy
  • Texas Engineering Extension Service TEEX
  • The Institutes (Insurance)
  • TOR Academy
  • UExcel Exams (through 2015)
  • Unbound / Be Unbound
  • Verity College Education (through 2016)

Not all non-traditional college credit will be housed on your Credly transcript. You do not have to submit any of the following since each issue their own official transcripts.

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • CLEP
  • DSST / Dantes
  • Wescott
  • Arizona State University Universal Learner
  • Outlier co
  • Classical Conversations
  • IEW Christian Halls
  • Veritas Press
  • Coopersmith
  • Law Shelf
  • Davar
  • OnlineDegreecom
  • Christian Leaders College
  • Olivet Nazarene University Your Way
  • UExcel (after 2015)

For those with college credit since 2021:

You should already have a Credly account. I you don’t, that needs to be a tthe TOP of your to-do list!

You’ll open a free Credly account in the name of the student who will earn college credit. It is best to do this before they begin earning college credit if possible.

Once the Credly account is active, you can now receive credits into the account.

Upon completion of an ACE course, follow the ACE provider’s instructions for adding that course to your Credly account. For many providers, this happens automatically, but you may have to request it manually. Keep track and be sure that EVERY credit earned is being housed in the Credly account.

Later, when your teen wants to attend college, you can make a request with Credly, and their official transcript will be sent to your target college(s) for evaluation. Do not send credits from ACE providers directly (Studycom, Straighterline, Sophia, etc.) unless the college (1) has a partnership with the ACE provider and (2) they are telling you to do so. ACE providers are not regionally accredited, so sending a transcript directly from a company instead of Credly will likely result in complete denial of credits.

Stupid Girl – What Was She Thinking?

As a homeschooling parent, I feel privileged to have both quantity time and quality time, as such, I’ve racked up a lot of hours talking to my kids about college & occupation & debt in the context of their future lives. I fear that as a society, we’ve created such a sense of urgency around college admissions, that it’s getting harder and harder to blame the “stupid” college students who take on crushing debt.

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Studycom Computer Science Courses on the Chopping Block

If you have a teen enrolled in courses, please take special note that they recently removed Library Science and are in the process of removing 6 more. 1 Business course and 5 computer science courses! If you don’t complete the courses before the deadline your teen will NOT get college credit.

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