Posted in AP Advanced Placement, ASU UL, CLEP, Credit by Exam, DSST, HS4CC, Self-Paced Learning, Sophia, Straighterline, Study.com

Cost Challenge: 4 Courses

In this challenge, I wanted to know exactly what it would cost my family to take 4 courses in 1 semester using any of the popular college credit options in the Homeschooling for College Credit. I’ve compared costs for ASU, dual enrollment, Study(dot)com, Sophia, CLEP, and several others.

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Posted in ACE, AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Credit by Exam, DSST, Dual Enrollment, HS4CC, Transfer Credit

How Many Ways to Earn College Credit in High School?

How many different ways can your teen earn college credit? More than you think! But the goal isn’t just to “earn credit” because the credit only saves you time and money if it can eventually be used toward a degree. This understanding is MORE IMPORTANT for high school students than adults because of the variables at hand.

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Posted in AP Advanced Placement, celebrate, CLEP, Community college, Credit by Exam, Debt Free Degree, Dual Enrollment, Foreign Language, HS4CC

100 Credits and Counting

I want to introduce you to a rising 12th grader named Mary Margaret. I met her mom before COVID, back when my local public library allowed me to give free college workshops to the homeschool community in person. Since my audience is typically only adults, it’s always a pleasant surprise to meet a teen, but I had no idea…

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Posted in CLEP, Common Sense College Planning, Credit by Exam

Report: HS Students Who Earn College Credit more Likely to Graduate College

College Board’s reports and supports what we’ve known HERE for a long time- earning college credit in high school helps teens get OUT of college! Getting IN to college is easy- it’s getting OUT that’s hard. Getting OUT is no small thing since nearly 1/2 of all students who start college never finish. (report follows)

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Parent Question: How many CLEP credits can be transferred to a college or university?

Q: How many CLEP credits can be transferred to a junior/community college or university?

A: There is no set number of credits since each college sets that number for themselves, but no matter what their number is, you should try to meet or exceed it.

Junior/Community College

A degree from a 2-year college usually consists of about 60 college credits. Since a CLEP exam is worth 3-9 credits, your cost and time savings can add up quickly. In some cases there is a list of exams that the college accepts (or doesn’t) and in other cases there may simply be a number. In every case, the exam has to apply to a degree program to “count” and can’t duplicate a course your student already took. For instance, if your teen takes French 101, they can’t also get CLEP credit for CLEP French.

On the low end, a college would restrict CLEP to the point of either not accepting the credit or capping it at about 15 credits. This represents 0-25% of the degree.

On the high end, even the most generous college will not allow you to exceed 75% of the degree, which is going to represent about 45 CLEP credits.

4-Year College / University

A degree from a 4-year college usually consists of about 120 college credits. Since all CLEP credit represents lower level credit (that earned in your first two years of college) it’s unlikely that even the most generous colleges will have classes that match up to a CLEP exam after the first 60 credits. This is more a matter of practicality than policy. In other words, once you get past the first 60 credits, there simply aren’t CLEP exams offered that meet the degree requirements for the upper levels.

Note: while CLEP exams are all lower-level credit, there are exams that you can take to earn upper-level 300/400 level college credit.

There is a layer of complexity to this question when the student intends to start at a community college and then transfer to a 4-year college. Those nuances go beyond the scope of this post, but the following posts will be especially useful to those who plan to transfer later.

Credit Laundering

Colleges are highly predictable in how they handle incoming credit, but people are exceptionally creative, and it doesn’t take long before bright parents to think they’ve found a loophole.  Let’s look at that loophole. 

Transfer Credit for the Win

Understanding transfer credit makes a big impact on the overall cost of college.  Through resourceful high school planning, parents learn to understand how to make a college’s transfer policy work in their favor.

Is She a College Freshman or a Transfer Student?

HELP! Is my teen is applying to college soon, and I’m not sure if she should apply using the freshman application or the transfer student application? Earning college credit in high school can lead you to wonder if your teen is an incoming freshman or a transfer student- good question!   In the first place, you […]

Posted in ACE, AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Credit by Exam, DSST, Dual Enrollment, HS4CC, Transfer Credit

How Many Ways to Earn College Credit in High School?

How many different ways can your teen earn college credit? More than you think! But the goal isn’t just to “earn credit” because the credit only saves you time and money if it can eventually be used toward a degree. This understanding is MORE IMPORTANT for high school students than adults because of the variables at hand.

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Posted in Credit by Exam, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC

Family Member in a Union? Free College

We see lots of programs come and go, but this one is STILL available and running strong (since we first shared about it in 2016), so we HAVE TO keep letting our parents know – especially now that we have a HS4CC graduate from this program! If ANYONE in your family is part of the union, your teen may have access to a totally free associate degree. Zero out of pocket, really.

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Posted in CLEP, Credit by Exam, Resources

Free Virtual Conference this Sunday

Jennifer Cook-DeRosa, author of Homeschooling for College Credit, is a featured speaker this Sunday, December 6th at the virtual homeschooling conference “Homeschool to Unschool: How to let your child’s unique genius shine.” Her session presentation is titled “How Self-Directed Learners Earn College Credit at Home” and will focus on how independent learners or unschooling families can find a pathway that works for them.

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Posted in Credit by Exam, Curriculum, DSST, High School, HS4CC, Science

Physical Sciences that Won’t Break the Budget!

If your high school student needs to study PHYSICAL science this year, you know that online sciences can be EXPENSIVE! I have some great online courses and lab resources to share that are very low cost! These courses all generate high school credit, and I’ll show you how to use each of them for college credit too! Continue reading “Physical Sciences that Won’t Break the Budget!”

Posted in ACE, ALEKS, AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Credit by Exam, Distance Learning, DSST, Dual Enrollment, edX, Foreign Language, HS4CC, MOOCs, Sophia, Straighterline, Study.com

College Credit & Social Distancing

We’re in full social distancing mode, but even with so many businesses closed, earning college credit is still possible for most of our audience!  The following list shows you which college credit resources are still alive and well! Continue reading “College Credit & Social Distancing”

Posted in CLEP, Credit by Exam, DSST

CLEP Prep in 2020

Kicking off the new year with CLEP or DSST exam plans? There are a zillion ways to prep for a CLEP exam – so let me lead with this: It is my opinion that “CLEP Prep” is easiest AFTER your student finishes a homeschool class (not instead of). Just as you wouldn’t expect an SAT test prep book to teach your son algebra, my opinion is that a CLEP prep product isn’t designed to teach a subject “from scratch” either.

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Posted in CLEP, Credit by Exam, Humanities

The Hardest CLEP Ever…..or not

The Humanities CLEP has a reputation for being one of the hardest CLEP exams. It is, after all, an extremely broad test covering literature, poetry, art, architecture, philosophy, and music that spans over two centuries. That is a lot of material to cover! (A description of the exam is located at the end of this post.) Continue reading “The Hardest CLEP Ever…..or not”