Posted in Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, financial aid, HS4CC, Tuition

What Does the “Freshman Scholarship” cover and is it enough?

We sometimes hear parents concerned about their teens earning freshman scholarships, meaning they want to make sure their college credit doesn’t disqualify them! Of course, it doesn’t, but lets we’ll look at what that freshman scholarship actually covers.

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Posted in Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, financial aid, HS4CC

Parent Question: A college professor told me something about financial aid and my teen’s college credit.

“This professor said that kids coming in with CLEP and DSST exams are using up their course program “electives” and this is affecting financial aid later. Is it something to be concerned about?”

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Posted in Career Planning, Common Sense College Planning, Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, Guidance Counselor, HS4CC, Transfer Credit

Playing the Odds

Earning college credit before you’ve picked out a college or are several years away from enrollment feels like a gamble, but most types of college credit can be sorted by risk level, and a when you follow a few basic guidelines you can get very close to navigating with confidence!

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Undergraduate Credentials: What’s the Difference?

Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Requirements

 # of creditsUsual Time to complete if full-time studentPurposeCourses in Program
Certificate12 to 181-2 semesterTraining for skilled technical jobsIncludes **major course work
Diploma36 to 381 year (2 semesters and summer session)Provide entry-level employment trainingMinimum of 6 credits in *Gen Ed in addition to **major course work
Associate Degree64 to 762 yearsTransfer to a university or enter the workforceMinimum of 15 credits of *Gen ED in addition to **major course work
Bachelor Degree120 4 yearsQualify for graduate school or enter the workforceMinimum of 60 credits of *Gen ED in addition to **major course work
generally accepted standards in the USA at regionally accredited colleges & universities

*Gen Ed (General Education) – courses such as English, Math, Science, Humanities, etc.

**Major Course Work – courses specific to a program such as nursing, computers, welding, automotive, engineering, social science, etc.

Posted in Big 3, Common Sense College Planning, Credit by Exam, Debt Free Degree, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC, Saylor Academy

Upper-Level Credit in High School

Super rare thing for me to write about here because, frankly, very few of you are going to be in a situation where you exhaust your credit earning options for the first two years of college (60 credits). But every now and then, a parent will ask about upper-level credit options.

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

WATCH NOW: The Business of College -Simple Math Difficult Decisions

SIMPLE MATH DIFFICULT DECISIONS An unfiltered look at the business of college and how you can navigate the system where most students end up in debt and don’t graduate. You’ll look at how to calculate the real cost of a degree, and you’ll learn real ways to bring that cost down as low as possible without the uncertainty of scholarships. Watch Now (1 hour)

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

WATCH NOW: The Big 3

THE BIG 3: AFFORDABLE BACHELOR’S DEGREES Who are the Big 3 and why are so many people using them for their teen? In this session, you’ll learn about Charter Oak State College, Thomas Edison State University, and Excelsior College. This group, frequently called The Big 3, have unique transfer policies that allow you to DIY a bachelor’s degree in high school using alternative college credit for under $10,000. We’ll explore if these degrees and colleges are legit, and when a degree from one of these universities is a great option or a bad idea. Watch Now (1 hour)

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Posted in Common Sense College Planning, Community college, Debt Free Degree, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC

WATCH NOW: Associate Degrees in High School

ASSOCIATE DEGREES What are Associate Degrees? In this presentation we’ll explore the various types of Associate Degrees and consider whether or not your teen should pursue one in high school. We’ll look at the situations where it is to your benefit as well as situations where it adds extra time and money to your teen’s college plan. We’ll discuss the times when they transfer perfectly, and times when they don’t transfer at all. Watch Now (1 hour 15 minutes)

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Posted in College Admission, Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC, Transfer Credit

Future Course Approval @ Liberty

High school students may take college courses from a handful of schools before eventually sending everything off to their target college. In most cases, you plan those courses without a college’s guarantee or advice from an advisor. Today I want to tell you about the “Future Course Approval” process for students planning a degree at Liberty University.

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Posted in Career Planning, Common Sense College Planning, Community college, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC

12 Reasons to Earn College Credit if your Teen isn’t Going to College

Ok, what? If your teen isn’t going to college, then why should they earn college credit? In this post, we’ll look beyond their immediate plans and I’ll give you 12 good reasons I think they should earn college credit anyway.

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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 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 AP Advanced Placement, Career Planning, CLEP, Common Sense College Planning, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC

GUEST APPEARANCE: High School Hamster Wheel

High School Hamster Wheel Betsy Jewell is a career and college coach and host of High School Hamster Wheel Podcast. The High School Hamster Wheel is a podcast for parents of teens and young adults exploring paths through and beyond high school. In this episode, we dive into what inspired Jennifer Cook-DeRosa to launch Homeschooling for College Credit and how she tested out of two degrees in 18 months. She also explains how to adapt these principles for adult learners or teens who aren’t homeschooled.

“Talk about eye opening! I have two kids in high school, one about to graduate, and most of this was news to me…I am blown away by how much Jennifer knows about all of this and she does this all for free! What an incredible opportunity for parents and teens to save time and money while earning college credits.” -Betsy Jewell

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Posted in CLEP, Common Sense College Planning, Credit by Exam, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC

A Little Extra Credit

If your teen is using dual enrollment this year, you may experience a large “gap” between the end of this semester and the start of the next. My son’s dual enrollment college takes a full 4-week break! If you need a break, take it, but if your teen’s break is long like ours, you may not want to sit out that long.

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