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Which Subject is More Useful?

We just saved $96,780

I have to share my correspondence with one of our Minnesota members. She has graciously agreed to let me post it here: “With CLEP and PSEO (dual enrollment), I just calculated we are saving $96,780 at the University of Northwestern St. Paul. 1/3 of that is in CLEP alone: 32 credit hours, which is about […]

Bachelor’s Degree at 18: Hannah’s Graduation Story

As the school year comes to an end, our normal monthly celebrations are not only including college credit celebrations, but GRADUATION stories too! Hannah Joy from Florida sent me her Homeschooling for College Credit graduation story, and while she gave me permission to cut and trim, I decided that each and every word she wrote […]

Congratulations Joshua!

Iron sharpens iron, and in today’s post, I want to feature a family that took resourceful high school planning seriously, and just knocked it out of the park. He took his first CLEP exam at age 12 and has started his Master’s degree. His mom shares how they did it.

Posted in Dual Enrollment, HBCU, HS4CC

Affordable Dual Enrollment: Allen University

This is the final post in my 2-month series Affordable Dual Enrollment. Each Sunday I’ve highlighted a different dual enrollment program that is open to families in any state and has a great price point Today’s program is through HBCU Historically Black College and University Allen University.

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Posted in Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, Dual Enrollment, financial aid, Free Tuition, High School, HS4CC

We Can’t Afford Dual Enrollment

The DeRosa family moves at the speed of budget. We’ve been on the “envelope system” for a decade, and borrowing for college doesn’t get a free pass. For us, paying for college “at any cost” doesn’t mean spending more, it means being smarter! Sometimes that means I have to slow down our college credit program or use something else, but even when we are on the tightest budget, there are still ways we can keep earning college credit!

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Posted in Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, High School, HS4CC

Excelsior College Workshop:1 Week Away!

Join by HS4CC degree planning experts Danika Recore and Jennifer Cook-DeRosa in this 2+ hour live stream intensive class on October 27th. You’ll learn how to resourcefully plan your homeschooling courses to cash flow an affordable bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College.

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Posted in Career Planning, Common Sense College Planning, Community college

A Radical Idea

Many people who experience unemployment and heavy student loan debt have followed a popular recipe promoted in USA. It is to go to college immediately after high school and borrow tuition if necessary (everybody does it!). While in college, you can “find yourself” and go on to pursue your passion.

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Posted in Dual Enrollment, HS4CC

Affordable Dual Enrollment: Trine University

Each Sunday, I’m picking out an affordable dual enrollment program to highlight and share a bit about. To make the cut, a program must be open to students from any state, available online, and charge less than $100 per credit. Today’s program is called Trine University Dual Enrollment and it comes in at just $50 per credit!

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Posted in AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Credit by Exam, DSST, HS4CC

Testing Out of Psychology 101

Introduction to Psychology is a favorite course for many teens, but parents are wise to use caution before enrolling. Psychology courses (depending on the teacher and textbook) can skim over mature content, slam into it head-first, or go way off topic. One way for parents to moderate the content of this course, and stay on topic, is to have your teen study at home and test out of psychology using a standardized exam.

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Posted in College Admission, High School, HS4CC, Resources

Help! We Need a Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher

It’s no surprise that homeschooled teens don’t have the deep bench of teachers on standby in the same way public schooled teens do. If your teen’s college application asks for a letter of recommendation from a teacher, you have options.

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Welcome to HS4CC

Welcome to Homeschooling for College Credit!

Thank you for joining the HS4CC community!

I’m thrilled to share this community with you and share HS4CC’s approach to resourceful high school planning.

Each month, I host a “welcome event” that gives parents an opportunity to ask questions and gather some basic information about how to start earning college credit. That event is TONIGHT! 5pm EST

I started Homeschooling for College Credit in 2012 as a Facebook page to share the work I was doing in my own homeschool with my teens. I’d spent the previous 20 years in higher education as a college administrator, teacher, advisor, and knew that my knowledge from inside the system would be useful to parents outside the system. The system is designed to make parents feel stupid. I wanted to build a community that helped parents become smart!

Homeschooling parents are smart, resourceful, and highly motivated.

Homeschooling for College Credit, is a community of parents just like you! We’ve grown into a volunteer-led social community that leverages the wisdom and altruism of our members to help each other through public support and encouragement. As a free community, social sharing and public exchange are the foundation from which we build a strong foundation of information and knowledge.

Purpose

The purpose of Homeschooling for College Credit is to help parents navigate homeschool, high school, and college with information about without enrollment bias. We do not benefit financially from a parent’s college decisions or enrollment- we are a neutral third party.

Be able to afford college

There are over 30 ways to earn college credit in high school, and depending on where you live, much of the college credit your teen earns could be completely free! At the very least, college credit earned during high school is considerably less money than what you’ll pay after your teen graduates. At that point, you’re paying full price and the window of opportunity for free/reduced tuition has closed.

Feedback

Most families here report that their teens earn anywhere between 30 and 60 college credits in high school. That translates into 1-2 years of college already finished before they graduate from homeschool. While you might think that the teens here must be gifted (some are) the truth is that the overwhelming majority are just normal, average teens working on grade level. The difference is you! Our parents learn how to resourcefully plan their teen’s high school program to bring in college credit in very ordinary and simple ways for very low cost. Parents make the difference!

I believe that…

  • parents make the best high school guidance counselors because they care the most
  • parents, not colleges, are a teen’s best advocate
  • teens should borrow as close to zero as possible for a college degree
  • resourceful high school planning pays big rewards
  • college is a business
  • getting into college is easy, getting out of college is hard

I hope you’ll join me tonight at 5pm EST, so I can introduce you to the exciting possibilities of Homeschooling for College Credit.

Warmly, Jennifer Cook-DeRosa, M.S.

P.S. if you can’t make it tonight, that’s ok! I’m hosting another event in a month. You can check the schedule here.

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HS4CC on Facebook

I’m so glad you follow this HS4CC Facebook page, but if you want to know what opportunities for college credit are available to you in your state, be sure to join your state group! That’s the best place to learn about free dual enrollment, local associate degrees, and transferring into 4-year state colleges. We have 50+ Facebook groups all led by volunteer homeschooling parents just like you!

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Posted in Dual Enrollment, HBCU, HS4CC

Affordable Dual Enrollment: Lane College

During September and October, I’m highlighting affordable dual enrollment programs each Sunday. To make the cut, a program must be open to students from any state, available online, and charge less than $100 per credit. Today’s program is called “TEL” and it is offered through an online partnership with Lane College HBCU.

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Posted in Breaking News, Debt Free Degree, financial aid, HS4CC

Student Loan Forgiveness…revamp?

You may have read that the student loan forgiveness program (started in 2007) has been an enormous disaster. I’ve written about it here a few times, and in short, next to no one has had their loan forgiven despite making payments faithfully for 10 years. Biden announced Wednesday that the program is being revamped in an effort to correct the disaster.

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Which is Harder?


Affordable Dual Enrollment: West Virginia University

In September & October, I’m going to highlight affordable dual enrollment programs. To make the cut, a program must be open to students from any state, available online, and charge less than $100 per credit. Today’s program is called “Access Early College” and it is offered through West Virginia University – it is the CHEAPEST […]

CLEP, AP, or Dual Enrollment?

Different types of college credit help your teen in different ways and accomplish different goals. The biggest question is which one will serve YOUR TEEN better than the others?

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Affordable Dual Enrollment: Oklahoma Christian University

During September and October, I’m going to highlight affordable dual enrollment programs each Sunday. To make the cut, a program must be open to students from any state, available online, and charge less than $100 per credit. Today’s program is called “TEL” and it is offered through an online partnership with Oklahoma Christian University.

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