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3 Reasons to Homeschool for College Credit

  1. Students who bring Prior Learning Credit into their degree program are 2.5 times as likely to graduate!
  2. High school students who take college courses are more likely to attend and graduate from college with an advanced certification or degree.
  3. The unemployment rate for individuals age 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree has consistently been about half the unemployment rate for high school graduates.

https://newsroom.collegeboard.org/college-education-pays-new-college-board-report

Posted in Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC

Register Now!

Affordable Dual Enrollment Spring 2022 Edition

Join me on Friday January 7th @ 2pm EST

In this 1-hour live session, we’ll look at my 3 top picks for the most affordable Christian, and the top 3 most affordable secular, dual enrollment programs for 2022. This workshop is especially helpful for families without access to free dual enrollment in their state.

$2.99 technology fee to attend live and participate in the Q&A, or don’t register and watch the recorded version for free later.


Posted in College Admission, Dual Enrollment, GPA, High School, HS4CC

Parent Question: Should my daughter re-do a class?

Question: I have daughter in her first semester of dual enrollment. She has all A’s except for Pre Cal Algebra. She currently has a C. She is worried about her GPA.
Everything else (other grades, testing, etc.) are high achieving. It’s this one class. She is afraid it will affect her college and scholarship opportunities. Any words of wisdom?

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Posted in AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Dual Enrollment, HS4CC

WATCH NOW: CLEP, AP, or Dual Enrollment?

Part of being your teen’s best guidance counselor is choosing the right kind of college credit for them in high school. In this session, we’ll compare and contrast the major differences between the two popular credit by exam programs and dual enrollment. There are fifteen key differences between these programs, and you’ll leave with a solid understanding about how to make the best choices for your family. Watch Now (1 hour)

Posted in celebrate

2021 Celebration!!

It has been an AMAZING year at Homeschooling for College Credit! This community has collectively earned thousands of college credits in 2021!!! Did your teen earn college credit in 2021? Add it up and share below- let us celebrate with you!

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Posted in HS4CC

Meet the volunteers – Join us!

Homeschooling for College Credit is 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.

Each year I am so proud to share with you an introduction to the team that makes everything run. If you get the chance, tell your moderator “thank you” and if you feel inclined, why not join our team?

Do you like helping? So do we!

As a Homeschooling for College Credit Facebook moderator, you can help others walk through proven techniques to earn college credit in high school.

Our volunteers are homeschooling parents just like you! You don’t have to be an expert 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 from our team.

Posted in HS4CC, Transcripts

Coming Up January 14th

UPDATE: SOLD OUT

Transcript Intensive Workshop

In this intensive workshop, Jennifer Cook-DeRosa will teach you how to build your homeschooling transcript like a pro – no experience necessary!

Each participant will receive a recording of the workshop and an opportunity to send Jennifer their transcript for feedback and recommendations. (you do not have to be present to get the recording and transcript feedback, but you do have to register)

This event costs $40 and space is limited.

EVERY section of this popular workshop sold out in 2021 – make your reservation now!

Homeschooling for College Credit

Topical Outline

  • What is a transcript? What is it not?
  • Homeschool record keeping
  • Sending transcripts to college
  • Where does a transcript come from?
  • What to put on the transcript, and what to leave off
  • Why unique transcripts make a poor impression
  • What goes in the header and footer
  • How to enter courses on any template
  • Weighted Honors GPA / College GPA / AP GPA
  • Unweighted GPA
  • How to use a GPA calculator
  • What counts as 1 high school credit? (5 methods to use)
  • What makes dual enrollment different?
  • Using blending homeschool & DE courses for credit
  • Converting dual enrollment into high school credit
  • When and how to round with good judgement
  • Recording dual enrollment on a homeschool transcript
  • Recording credit by exam (CLEP, DSST, AP, UExcel, TECEP, ACTFL)
  • Recording ACE credit (Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, Saylor, etc.)
  • Recording continuing education / adult education courses
  • Recording remedial courses
  • Writing course titles
  • Writing course descriptions
  • Case Studies (examine several real examples of homeschool and college curriculum and see how it is properly recorded on a high school transcript)

Friday January 14, 2022

3:00pm EST – 5:30pm EST

Q&A to follow


Homeschooling for College Credit
Posted in Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC

Are 4 college classes too many?

If you’re using dual enrollment in high school, you’re probably faced with the problem of figuring out how many college credits vs high school credits your teen can balance and still pull good grades.  This is no small problem because college classes leave a paper trail!  In short- it’s part of their permanent record. Continue reading “Are 4 college classes too many?”

Posted in ASU EA, ASU UL, Dual Enrollment, HS4CC, Transfer Credit

NEW Self-Paced ASU UL Course: CIS 309 Business Process Management

Arizona State University has added another NEW course: CIS 309 Business Process Management is a self-paced 3 credit course, available starting January, 2022. Note that this is also an upper level (junior/senior) course, which are hard to find at such a low price!

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Posted in HS4CC

WATCH NOW: Guest Appearance on True North

True North Homeschool Academy Lisa Nehring, director of True North and former college admissions counselor with two graduate degrees, interviews Jennifer about the crazy changes of higher education in the past decade, changing your vocabulary about how you think about degrees and credentials, and how to future-proof your teen’s education. Watch Now (50 minutes)

College Completion Trifecta

50% of students won’t ever finish a degree, that’s terrible odds. While there aren’t any guarantees, there are 3 things you can do right now to improve your teen’s chances.

Posted in Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC, Resources

Replacing a High School Class with a College Class: Match-up Guide

Does College Algebra replace high school algebra 2? Can you use CLEP to replace American Literature? In this post, you’ll learn which dual enrollment college class will replace your high school classes.

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Posted in HS4CC

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 ASU EA, ASU UL, Breaking News, Dual Enrollment, Self-Paced Learning, Transfer Credit

NEW ASU Google IT Certification with Universal Learner

Arizona State University’s Universal Learner Program, in partnership with Google, is offering a new Google IT Certification! From ASU’s site:

“Learn the skills you need for an introductory-level job in IT support.

In this online program, you’ll work through six ASU Universal Learner Courses that leverage the Google IT Support Certificate, as well as supplemental industry material that is aimed at giving you the best preparation possible to begin a career in Information Technology.

Upon completion, you’ll receive a co-branded professional certificate from ASU and Google, as well as 15 credit hours that you can apply towards a bachelor’s degree.”

Courses are designed to be completed sequentially, and are self paced! Students have up to 1 year to complete each course, and the first course begins January 2022. The certification courses include:

CIS 194 Technical Support Fundamentals – 1 credit

CIS 194 Computer Networking – 2 credits

CIS 194 Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User – 3 credits

CIS 294 System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services – 3 credits

CIS 394 IT Security: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts – 3 credits

CIS 402 Privacy, Ethics, and Compliance – 3 credits

The first 3 courses do have the same course number, which we have been advised may change in the future. It is common for colleges to have the same course number on survey courses which may change topic with each offering. The first course only costs $25, with no fee to have the course transcripted. As with all Universal Learner program courses, the remaining courses cost just $25 to start and students only pay $400 at the end of the course if they like the grade. There is no record of failure if the student does not complete the course or receives a lower grade than wanted. Simply do not pay the $400 for the course to be added to the transcript. Retake courses as many times as is needed to pass with the grade you want.

According to ASU, the courses must be completed in sequence and the next course will become available in their catalog (dashboard). The total cost for the courses in the certificate is $2150, which is paid at the time the student signs up and then completes each course and chooses to have it transcripted. Cost per credit averages out to be ~$143/cr for the full 15 college credits. The certificate will be emailed to you upon completion of the program and will have both the ASU and Google logos on it, along with your name.

For those wondering if the courses are the same as Coursera, ASU said “These courses are similar to the courses on Coursera (and leverage some of the same content), but there are additional learning outcomes from our courses and learners achieve academic credit with ours, whereas the ones at Coursera don’t have academic credit guaranteed with them. (Some institutions may validate the credential for credit, but many won’t)” This is referring to ACE credit that some institutions will accept for college credit. Please see “30 Ways to Earn College Credit” on our website for additional information about ACE credit and its transferability. Coursera’s courses have been approved by ACE for up to 12 lower level credits (100-200 level). Please note that the amount of credit granted for ACE credit is determined by the receiving institution. ASU’s certificate includes 4 courses with 9 total lower level credits, and 2 courses with 6 total upper level (300-400 level) credits.

We also asked our contacts at ASU which degrees the credits would apply to: “These will serve as elective credits at the University. They stack really well into any business major at the institution, or majors with several elective credits (liberal studies, organizational leadership, technical writing, etc). However, the electives should be applicable for any major.”

For more information about the Universal Learner program, visit our HS4CC UL page and join our ASU for Homeshoolers Facebook group.

Posted in CLEP, High School, HS4CC

WATCH NOW: Max CLEP in High School

MAX CLEP IN HIGH SCHOOL In this session, you’ll learn how to bring in the maximum amount of CLEP exam college credit into your homeschool while still leaving room for other important high school subjects. We’ll discuss the importance of single-subject exams when compared to exams that rely on cumulative understanding. In this presentation, your teen will see how they can earn 2 years of college credit in a regular homeschool high school program. Watch Now (1 hour)

Posted in Curriculum, High School, HS4CC

Parent Question: Can you advise me on science courses for 9th grade girl who would like to become a medical doctor?

Sure, great question! High school science should prepare her for college science that she’ll need. Her college science sequence will be: General Biology 1 & 2 with Lab, General Chemistry 1 & 2 with Lab, General Physics 1 & 2 with Lab, and Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry – 2 semesters- with Lab. This set is commonly called “premed” and is not going to be easy.

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Posted in HS4CC

Last HS4CC Class of 2021 Tonight! Join Us

Tonight is the last Homeschooling for College Credit parent’s class for 2021, but I’m excited to share our coming schedule for January! We want to equip you with all the tools and knowledge to resourcefully plan your homeschooler’s high school career- so whether you’re enjoying our recorded workshops or attending a live event, we hope you’ll make time to use these tools so you can become your teen’s BEST guidance counselor.

12/15/2021Liberty University: Resourceful Homeschooling for an Affordable Bachelor’s Degree! You’ll learn how to make the most of your Christian homeschool program by resourcefully planning your teen’s degree from prestigious Liberty University. During this 2+ hour live stream intensive workshop, Jennifer Cook-DeRosa, and HS4CC expert Shelley Cloutier will walk you step by step through a degree completion strategy that you can begin anytime in high school. You’ll learn which courses your teen should take, when to take them, and how you can save the most money. By following this Homeschooling for College Credit approach, you will learn how to plan your teen’s degree at Liberty University for less than half of their advertised cost. Each participant will receive a handout and a recording of the session. $40 space is limited. 3pm EST-5pm EST3 slots available
01/00/2022Homeschooling for College Credit 101 In this recorded session, Jennifer Cook-DeRosa gives you a “crash course” in the principles of Homeschool for College Credit. You’ll learn the basics of how college enrollment works, what types of college credit are available, how to compare college credit types, and how to find and use our community resources. 1 hourWatch Now
01/07/2022Affordable Dual Enrollment Spring 2022 Edition In this live session, we’ll look at my top picks for the most affordable and HS4CC-friendly distance learning dual enrollment programs. This workshop is especially helpful for families without access to free dual enrollment in their state. $2.99 technology fee to attend live- this program is being recorded for free replay later. 1 hour (2:00pm EST)Register Now
01/00/2020Your 1st CLEP Exam Everything that you need to know to get ready for and take your first exam. In this recorded session, Jennifer discusses the various exams available, how to build your homeschool curriculum around CLEP exams, how to prepare for the exam, and step by step instructions for signing up. 1 hourWatch Now
01/14/2022Transcript Intensive Building a great homeschool transcript with lots of college credit has its challenges!  In this special 2 1/2 hour live online class taught by HS4CC Executive Director Jennifer Cook-DeRosa, you’ll learn how to build a homeschool transcript with confidence.  In the first hour you’ll learn about record keeping, calculating weighted and unweighted GPA, preparing graduation documents. In the second hour, we’ll tackle the nuances of recording high school and college credit entries from all types of credit sources including dual enrollment, CLEP, Advanced Placement, Sophia, Study.com, continuing education, and homeschool curriculum . We’ll wrap up in the last hour with plenty of time for your questions and answers about titles, course descriptions, and how to present your teen’s accomplishments like a pro.  Everyone who registers will receive the handout and recording of the entire session. $40 space is limited.  3pm EST-5:30pm EST   Register Now
01/00/2022Simple Math Difficult Decisions An unfiltered look at the business of college and how you can navigate a system where most students end up in debt and don’t graduate. In this recorded session, we look at calculating the real cost of a degree, and real ways to bring that cost down as low as possible without the uncertainty of scholarships. 1 hour Watch Now
01/21/2022Dual Enrollment 101 What is dual enrollment and is it right for your family? In this session we’ll discuss how to qualify for dual enrollment, what it costs, what you can expect, and how to bring it into your homeschool program with wisdom. $2.99 Technology fee to attend live- this program is being recorded for free replay later. 1 hour (2:00pm EST)Register Now
01/28/2022Night of Encouragement You’ll hear from 3 Homeschooling for College Credit parents and teens who’ve offered to share their personal stories, struggles, and successes from their HS4CC journey. This night of encouragement is not to be missed! 1 hour (5:00pm EST)Register Now
Posted in ASU UL, celebrate

Double Celebration!

Our HS4CC Georgia moderator Ann is also one of our Arizona State University experts! As we celebrate her son’s graduation today, ASU took the time to celebrate and acknowledge homeschooling parents! It’s a double celebration. HS4CC is super proud to be a partner with ASU and they continue to go above and beyond in extending resources and benefits to our homeschooling community.

“ASU prides itself on inclusiveness. At this afternoon’s commencement, all teachers were honored, specifically including home school teachers! At previous graduations, I felt very self-conscious standing when teachers were honored. ASU made me feel right at home! There were a tremendous number of first-generation grads and a large number of veterans at the undergrad event. My son below had his start with ASU with these Universal Learner classes and has a job in his chosen field that starts Friday. We are super proud of him!” -Ann Dorminy, Moderator for HS4CC Georgia and ASU Course Group

Watch the ASU Information Session to learn more about how your teen can earn college credit with ASU.

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Posted in AP Advanced Placement, College Admission, Dual Enrollment

Fast Tip = Fast Bunk

“Admission departments like to see Advanced Placement courses on transcripts. AP and IB courses are considered the most rigorous of all high school curriculum because they are assessed by national organizations. Dual enrollment is another way to demonstrate a student’s ability to handle college level rigor. While there are many advantages to dual enrolling, keep in mind that some admissions offices view dual enrollment as less rigorous because of its lack of standardized oversight.”

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