Posted in Dual Enrollment, HS4CC

Affordable Dual Enrollment: Oral Roberts

In the coming weeks 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 “ORU Advantage” and it is offered through Oral Roberts University.

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Posted in celebrate, HS4CC

It wasn’t easy getting this kid graduated!

I’m thankful when parents send me their stories, and I’m especially thankful when they are honest and transparent with the CHALLENGES they’ve encountered along the way. It is especially important to acknowledge that earning college credit can be hard work, but finishing a degree (in high school no less) is exceptionally hard! I hope you’ll read this young man’s Homeschooling for College Credit journey. He just graduated! Thanks to his mom Jamie G. for allowing me to share it with you!

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Posted in Dual Enrollment, GPA, High School, HS4CC

Parent Question: We want to use dual enrollment, but what if she gets a bad grade?

A parent from our Texas Homeschooling for College Credit Facebook group asks “Hi, I’m new to this. I would like to help my 9th grader to start her classes thought dual enrollment. My question is if she doesn’t get a good grade that will affect her GPA and also be on her college record. Is there anyway you can avoid that happen?? Any suggestions?? Thank you!!”

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Posted in College Majors, Curriculum, Distance Learning, High School, HS4CC, Self-Paced Learning

Fall HS Online Course: Forensic and Investigative Science

Aspiring forensic scientist at home? Here’s a great option that is open enrollment for any teen. No high school transcript required, no placement testing, and no calendar. All fully self-paced courses you can plug into your teen’s fall schedule. These courses are approved by the International Association for Identification (IAI) and International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA) and accredited by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and are open to teens in all 50 states.

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Posted in Big 3

Special Class Today! September 1

Thomas Edison State University: Resourceful Homeschooling for an Affordable Bachelor’s Degree. Taught by HS4CC degree planning expert Danika Recore, this 2+ hour intensive live stream class will teach you how your teen can complete most (or all) of their bachelor’s degree in high school using free and super low cost college credit. For teens who want to cash flow college for a fraction of the price and graduate debt-free from a regionally accredited college, you won’t want to miss this! Each participant will receive a handout and a recording of the session. $40 space is limited. 3pm EST – 5pm ESTRegister Now

About Thomas Edison State University

Chartered in 1972, Thomas Edison State University is one of New Jersey’s senior public institutions of higher learning and one of the oldest schools in the country designed specifically for adults. The University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in more than 100 areas of study as well as undergraduate, graduate and professional certificates. TESU.edu

Why would a HS4CC family consider TESU?

Thomas Edison State University is one of 3 special universities in the United States that allows you to bring in more transfer credit than anyone else. In fact, you only have to complete 2 classes with the university. (you can, of course, complete all of them there- but that’s missing the point!)

How does this transfer policy save money?

When you enroll in college, most people pay “rack rate” tuition- which is the standard cost found on a college’s website. Since a bachelor’s degree requires 120 college credits, the “normal” way is to pay rack-rate for all 120 college credits. This is the MOST EXPENSIVE way to go to college! TESU’s unique transfer policy allows resourceful parents to cash flow college by maxing out on CLEP, DSST, AP, dual enrollment, Sophia, Studycom, and many other forms of very low cost college credits. By accumulating almost every college credit ahead of time, you can pay the lowest cost.

Why doesn’t everyone do this?

This “approach is sometimes called “testing out” or “DIY” but the essence of this method means completing most of a degree before you ever enroll. Not everyone knows about these opportunities, not everyone is interested in non-traditional college credit, and not every degree can be earned this way. This approach works really well for general liberal studies degrees or a degree in business. For those who need a very specialized degree or classes that meet on campus, it becomes more challenging to find and earn those credits on your own.

What is the class going to teach me?

  • You’ll learn what the requirements are for each degree
  • You’ll learn how to choose the right classes for the degree.
  • You’ll learn how to choose the right exams (CLEP, TECEP, DSST) for the degree
  • You’ll learn when NOT to chose this type of degree

Meet Danika

Danika Recore has been a valuable part of the Homeschooling for College Credit leadership team since 2019 as a Degree Planning Expert and moderator in our Degree Completion group. She is actively involved in the alternative credit-earning community both personally and professionally, and has created over a thousand degree plans for adults and teens.

Danika Recore
Posted in HS4CC

Homeschool Conversations with Humility and Doxology Podcast

I want to thank Amy Sloan, host of the Humility and Doxology Podcast, for inviting me to be her special guest and chat about my favorite thing: earning college credit while homeschooling! Amy is a second-generation homeschooler and runs a successful website/blog/podcast. It was such a pleasure to share with her audience. The broadcast goes live today on any of your favorite podcast aps/players, I hope you enjoy the show!

Posted in Big 3

Special Class: This Wednesday!

Thomas Edison State University: Resourceful Homeschooling for an Affordable Bachelor’s Degree. Taught by HS4CC degree planning expert Danika Recore, this 2+ hour intensive live stream class will teach you how your teen can complete most (or all) of their bachelor’s degree in high school using free and super low cost college credit. For teens who want to cash flow college for a fraction of the price and graduate debt-free from a regionally accredited college, you won’t want to miss this! Each participant will receive a handout and a recording of the session. $40 space is limited. 3pm EST – 5pm ESTRegister Now

About Thomas Edison State University

Chartered in 1972, Thomas Edison State University is one of New Jersey’s senior public institutions of higher learning and one of the oldest schools in the country designed specifically for adults. The University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in more than 100 areas of study as well as undergraduate, graduate and professional certificates. TESU.edu

Why would a HS4CC family consider TESU?

Thomas Edison State University is one of 3 special universities in the United States that allows you to bring in more transfer credit than anyone else. In fact, you only have to complete 2 classes with the university. (You can, of course, complete all of them there- but that’s missing the point!)

How does this transfer policy save money?

When you enroll in college, most people pay “rack rate” tuition- which is the standard cost found on a college’s website. Since a bachelor’s degree requires 120 college credits, the “normal” way is to pay rack-rate for all 120 college credits.This is the MOST EXPENSIVE way to go to college! TESU’s unique transfer policy allows resourceful parents to cash flow college by maxing out on CLEP, DSST, AP, dual enrollment, Sophia, Studycom, and many other forms of very low cost college credits. By accumulating almost every college credit ahead of time, you can pay the lowest cost.

Why doesn’t everyone do this?

This approach is sometimes called “testing out” or “DIY,” but the essence of this method means completing most of a degree before you ever enroll. Not everyone knows about these opportunities, not everyone is interested in non-traditional college credit, and not every degree can be earned this way. This approach works really well for general liberal studies degrees or a degree in business. For those who need a very specialized degree or classes that meet on campus, it becomes more challenging to find and earn those credits on your own.

What is the class going to teach me?

  • You’ll learn what the requirements are for each degree
  • You’ll learn how to choose the right classes for the degree.
  • You’ll learn how to choose the right exams (CLEP, TECEP, DSST) for the degree
  • You’ll learn when NOT to chose this type of degree

Meet Danika

Danika Recore has been a valuable part of the Homeschooling for College Credit leadership team since 2019 as a Degree Planning Expert and moderator in our Degree Completion group. She is actively involved in the alternative credit-earning community both personally and professionally, and has created over a thousand degree plans for adults and teens.

Danika Recore
Posted in HS4CC

Thank you!

Thanks everyone for CELEBRATING my birthday with me yesterday! I’m glad you took advantage of getting a free Kindle version of Homeschooling for College Credit!! It was quite popular, taking the #1 spot for most downloaded in Education.

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HS4CC Facebook Groups: Membership Report

The following HS4CC Facebook groups make up the lifeblood of our community! Our groups are led by volunteers and filled with parents just like you! We have Homeschooling for College Credit Facebook groups for every state, as well as a few “special topic” groups too!

8/25/2021

Facebook groups total: 29,579

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Facebook Groups# of membersLeadership Team
NORTH CAROLINA3629Mary Ann Cramp, Yvonne Lorber Matlosz, Karen Dutton
TEXAS2740Kim Iverson, Andrea LaBass, Anyad Naej Ekurd
Homeschooling for College Credit Member’s Marketplace2730Kim Whittaker, Tracie Adams, Mary Ann Cramp, Jenny Bergren
OHIO2007Hannah Crouch, Susan Stuart Peterson
FLORIDA1947Frances Brown
ASU Course Group for Homeschoolers1195Andrea LaBass, Ann Dorminy, Chrystal Smith
>1,000

Facebook Groups# of membersLeadership Team
ILLINOIS 817Heather Weber, Amy Surace Bonsignore, Sara Hutchenson
CALIFORNIA815Deanna Betts
KENTUCKY797Katie Hassall, Misti Konsavage
GEORGIA763Ann Dormany
Homeschooling for College Credit Degree Completion723Danika Recore, Jenny Bergren
NCAA Homeschooling for College Credit660Cali Odom, Kim Iverson
NEW YORK618Masuma Niv
TENNESSEE552Raemarie Sauerhoefer , Courtney Shellabarger Morgan
MICHIGAN550Shelley Cloutier
MISSISSIPPI518Kim Whittaker
INDIANA 503
Homeschooling for College Credit Military Families501Jamie Peterson, Karen Landes, Rose Godfrey
500-999

Facebook Group# of MembersLeadership Team
MISSOURI483Cali Odom 
VIRGINIA + DELAWARE + WEST VIRGINIA + DC468Keela Reed Maxi
ALABAMA413
NEW JERSEY413Tonya Lynn 
SOUTH CAROLINA388Adena Sherman-Adams
MAINE + NEW HAMPSHIRE + MASSACHUSETTS+VERMONT387Melissa Robb
OKLAHOMA375
CONNECTICUT375Tracie Pinto Adams 
PENNSYLVANIA371Courtney Brooke 
WISCONSIN340Shelly Shown
MINNESOTA 336Jenny Bergren, Lindsey Hasford
IDAHO + MONTANA + WYOMING + NEVADA332Angela Perry Krebsbach
COLORADO288Elizabeth McGuire Little
WA, OR, AK282
LOUISIANA252
ARIZONA246
IOWA243Heather Weber
MARYLAND224Valerie Moore
KANSAS208Maureen Mulder
200-499

Facebook Group# of MembersLeadership Team
RHODE ISLAND199Tracie Pinto Adams, Melissa Robb
NEW MEXICO179
ARKANSAS176
UTAH164 Lisa Christensen Jackson
SOUTH+ NORTH DAKOTA155Bethany Kewel
HAWAII129
NEBRASKA88
<100

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Do you love helping others? So do we.

Groups without leaders need your help. As a Homeschooling for College Credit Facebook moderator, you can help others walk through proven techniques to earn college credit in high school.

You don’t have to be an expert in college credit to become a moderator, just a desire to serve your community. As a moderator, you’ll receive a free copy of Homeschooling for College Credit, training, and ongoing support.

Posted in AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, DSST, HS4CC

Credit by Exam: Will my teen’s future college take it?

In the world of earning college credit YEARS before enrollment, parents have to play the odds a bit and hope that the college credit they’ve so carefully injected into their high school plan actually works later! Credit by exam is a *super* popular option, and with good reason. You can use any high school curriculum, test prep resources are bountiful, and the likelihood of acceptance is really good!

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Posted in Big 3, Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC

2 NEW Workshops in September!

We are teaching 2 great NEW workshops that will help you execute your teen’s high school and college degree simultaneously. The first is for Christian families who want to use Christian curriculum to earn college credit and complete a bachelor’s degree at Liberty University. The second is for any family that wants to use a LOT of alternative college credit options like Sophia, Studycom, and CLEP with their dual enrollment to complete a bachelor’s degree at Thomas Edison State University. (see below)

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Posted in HS4CC

Parent’s Survey: The College Experience

Would you take 3 minutes to fill out this completely confidential survey about your decisions for your teen’s post-secondary education (after high school)? Of particular interest are your thoughts around the “college experience” and your perceived value of it. Whichever path you and your teen have chosen / will choose after high school, we’d like to hear from you. (link follows)


Posted in HS4CC, Transcripts

Coming Up: Transcript Intensive

Building a great transcript with lots of college credit? Jennifer Cook-DeRosa is teaching a special 2-hour intensive transcript class. This course is for homeschooling parents who are their teen’s official school administrator of record and need to create a transcript.

No prior knowledge is necessary.

Hour 1: What makes a transcript with college credit different than a regular homeschool transcript? We’ll deep dive into general homeschool record keeping, GPA, weighting grades, and graduation documents. Important distinctions about college credit will be covered.

Hour 2: We’ll walk through the proper documentation and recording of remedial, regular, honors, college dual enrollment, CLEP, Advanced Placement, Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, ASU, DSST, continuing education, and every type of credit your teen may earn!

We’ll wrap up with plenty of time for your questions and answers about titles, course descriptions, what constitutes a high school credit, and how to present your teen’s accomplishments like a pro.

Each participant will receive a copy of the recorded event, printable handout, and an opportunity to send Jennifer their transcript for feedback. This event costs $40 and space is limited.


Monday August 30, 2021

3:00pm EST – 5:00pm EST (Q&A to follow)


We have many Live Events each month covering many topics and subjects. Some events are free, others carry a fee, but all will help you Homeschool for College Credit!

See Live Events Schedule

Posted in Dual Enrollment, HS4CC

Need a little “Extra Credit” this fall?

A great way to squeeze a little extra college credit out of this academic year is through winter break, minimesters, or accelerated terms. You can expect that any regionally accredited college offering this option means excellent transferability for your teen. You may not know that some of these programs open registration during fall sign-up. (That’s now!!) Note: they fill up super fast.

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