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Posted in College Admission, Common Sense College Planning, High School, HS4CC, SAT

Can You Skip the CLT, SAT, or ACT Test?

Is your teen thinking about a college entrance exams in 2022? Many of you are, but not everyone will have to take an admissions exam. What if your teen already has college credit- does that matter? Here is what you need to know if you’re trying to avoid college admissions exams.

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Posted in Dual Enrollment, HS4CC

Finding the “Right” Dual Enrollment Professor

You’re scanning for your teen’s perfect course and you found it! But wait, there are two sections, each taught by a different professor. What if it says “TBA?” How do you choose?? Finding the right dual enrollment courses can be stressful and intimidating, but here are a few good ways to find the best one.

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Posted in ASU EA, ASU UL, Distance Learning, Dual Enrollment, Self-Paced Learning, Transfer Credit

ASU UL Course: Poetry in America for HS4CC Portal Students Only!

For our families only! I’m thrilled to announce that Poetry in America, in partnership with Arizona State University and the ASU Center for Public Humanities, is offering a for-credit English Course to high-school students, Poetry in America, 1850-1945.

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Posted in ASU EA, ASU UL, Distance Learning, Dual Enrollment, Transfer Credit

NEW ASU UL Certificate: Applied Business Data Analytics (ABDA)

Arizona State University is adding Universal Learner courses to enable students to earn their Applied Business Data Analytics (ABDA) certificate! The certificate is comprised of 6 courses, with 18 total college credits.

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Posted in ASU EA, ASU UL, Computer Science, Dual Enrollment, HS4CC, Self-Paced Learning

New ASU UL course: CIS 194 Technical Support Fundamentals

Arizona State University’s Universal Learner Program has added another new course to it’s lineup Spring semester. CIS 194 Technical Support Fundamentals launches January 2022. The new course is part of their new initiative with Google. Students can complete 6 IT courses and earn the Google IT Certification.

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Posted in High School, HS4CC, Scholarships

HS4CC CHALLENGE: Pick 5

There are a handful of scholarships your teen can apply for now -and a CHALLENGE for you! Make the most of their vacation period between Thanksgiving and Christmas by applying for FIVE scholarships. Unless the criteria specifically exclude your teen, it’s fair game! Even if your teen won’t graduate from high school this May, awards can usually be held until graduation- even if it is a a few years away. I challenge you to pick 5 and go for it!

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Celebrate November

I’m thankful for the opportunity to provide a platform where we can each celebrate our teen’s accomplishments and encourage and support each other. This community celebrates achievement each month. If your teen earned college credit or hit some other educational goal this month, please share below so we can celebrate with you!

Posted in HS4CC

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Outlier: Legit Credit Laundering

Most of the time a student taking a course through a non-college provider will hit a brick wall when they attempt to launder that credit at a college. Outlier Courses have built a pathway that offers a legitimate credit laundering pathway!

Watch Now: Arizona State University Universal Learner Program

This *unofficial* ASU Universal Learner Info Session was hosted by Homeschooling for College Credit experts specifically for homeschoolers who are trying to earn college credit. Click “play” below to watch! Andrea LaBass, ASU Expert & HS4CC Moderator Basic overview of ASU Universal Learner, planning courses, registering for courses, and studying for success. Ann Dorminy, ASU […]

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?

Posted in ASU EA, ASU UL, Distance Learning, Dual Enrollment, Transfer Credit

NEW ASU UL Course: STS 220 Introduction to Social Transformation

Arizona State University has added another NEW course to their Universal Learner (UL) program: STS 220 Introduction to Social Transformation. This new 3 credit course is available as an 8-week teacher-paced course in the lower level division (freshman/sophomore) starting January 2022.

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Posted in ASU UL, HS4CC

WATCH NOW: Arizona State University Universal Learner

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY The ASU Universal Learner program is so unique and special that we’ve created a dedicated HS4CC community for our families using these classes. In this presentation, you’ll learn about their “no risk” college classes, how their price structure works, and how to use HS4CC strategies to make the most of what they have to offer. We’ll teach you how to transfer these courses back to your target university and even how to earn a bachelor’s degree for free. Watch Now (1 hour)

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

We Want the Cheapest Bachelor’s in Anything

This is a popular request! Sometimes, a teen doesn’t need a degree in something specific, rather they are just hoping to check the box without debt so they can get on with their next thing. Sometimes the next thing includes graduate school, military, trade school, or starting a business. If your teen’s situation allows for an accredited degree without a specific major, there are 3 colleges that fit this request better than any others.

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Posted in Dual Enrollment

College-Based Dual Enrollment- What is it?

College-Based Dual Enrollment
Excellent transferability

Hardly available five years ago, dual enrollment is hot now and growing in popularity. High school students enrolled in a dual enrollment program, are “double-dipping” a course for high school and college credit. As an example, a student may take English 101 at the local college, and the parent also “counts” the course as their 12th grade English class. It’s a fantastic opportunity if you’re aware it exists.

Caution:  Dual enrollment courses won’t be censored for your teen.  Maturity should always be considered.

Dual enrollment is not universally defined.  I use “dual enrollment” as a generic catch-all term to mean any college course a high school student takes for college credit and high school credit at the same time.   Be aware that most colleges or school districts will have a specific definition.  It can get complicated, but we will help you navigate the process.

Examples of program brand names:

Career and College Promise

Middle College

Early College

Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) 

Concurrent Enrollment

Dual Credit

Joint High School

Articulated High School

The concept is the same, but the details will vary—sometimes a lot. A typical dual enrollment program is open to 11th, and 12th-grade students while meeting a high school diploma and college degree requirement simultaneously. They offer an assortment of classes and are open to anyone with the ambition to succeed.

The student attends class, online or in person, along with the regular college students. Some states offer this for free; others charge full tuition, so you’ll have to check your community. Registration for homeschool students is done directly with the college. If you’d like, you can even search beyond your state. Many community colleges offer their distance learning courses as dual enrollment, so the location of the physical campus isn’t relevant. With nearly 2000 community colleges in the United States, this opens up a fantastic opportunity for homeschooled teens.

The down-side to dual enrollment is simple, if your child bombs the class, the grade is on their permanent record at the college. Colleges require you to disclose all previously earned credit under penalty, so that “D” may count against future college applications, but for sure counts in their college GPA. For that reason, do not rush your child into a course before they’re ready, and consider taking only 1 course at first. Adjusting to a college schedule is difficult for most people of any age.

In-State or Out-of-State?

When a student “goes away” to college, tuition prices are often calculated based on the student’s state of residence.  If you attend “in-state” that generally means a lower tuition cost than if you attend a college “out-of-state.”  Students in high school are in a different category, and dual enrollment programs  ALWAYS mean the student is still in high school living at home- so “where” they take their classes can be as simple as going down the street to your local community college, or as a distance learner attending a class 3 time zones away.  

Participating in dual enrollment out of state is always a self-pay situation.  Financial aid is not an option for high school students, so anyone choosing this option must always budget for tuition and books. Most colleges that offer dual enrollment will significantly reduce their tuition for high school students! A private liberal arts college may charge regular students $2,000 per class while high school students can take that same class for as little as $300.   As you can see, it’s to your teen’s advantage to take as many classes at the reduced rate as possible.  

HS4CC Out of State Dual Enrollment List

But wait….

There are a number of states that have robust free dual enrollment college programs, and if you are fortunate enough to live in one of these states, you’ll pay $0 tuition if your teen is in high school.  (You’ll pay full price once they graduate).  Since some dual enrollment is regulated per college, and others per district, and others per state, and from there may have different rules for homeschooled teens, it’s really hard to find these programs!  There are no master lists that are updated often, but we’ve built Homeschooling for College Credit Facebook groups in every state to specifically address this question.

HS4CC Dual Enrollment Communities

Posted in Career Planning, College Majors, HS4CC, Resources

I Need How Much Education?

Earning college credit in high school tends to keep our discussions centered around associate and bachelor’s degrees, but sometimes a teen is shocked to learn that their degree won’t prepare them for the job they want. Did you know a bachelor’s degree in psychology doesn’t qualify you to be a psychologist? In this post, we’ll look at jobs that require an additional degree higher than a bachelor’s degree as the minimum educational credential needed to get work.

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Posted in HS4CC

WATCH NOW: Videos Coming Your Way!

I’m taking advantage of the wonderful technology available to me this holiday season. In the coming weeks, I’m sharing all the wonderful recorded lectures, workshops, special guest appearances, and otherwise exciting content that you might have missed this year. I hope you enjoy these “WATCH NOW” highlights from 2021! Let’s start it off with this segment from the Learning Lounge Podcast.

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