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 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 Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, financial aid, HS4CC, Scholarships

Homemade Scholarships

You’re doing everything right. Good grades, extracurricular on point, solid test scores. Now let’s hope for a scholarship so we can afford college. Right? NO!!! If you’re waiting and hoping for a college to offer your teen a scholarship, you’re too late. In this post, you’ll learn how to be proactive and make your own scholarships!

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Posted in Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, Dual Enrollment, financial aid, Free Tuition, High School, HS4CC

We Can’t Afford Dual Enrollment

The DeRosa family moves at the speed of budget. We’ve been on the “envelope system” for a decade, and borrowing for college doesn’t get a free pass. For us, paying for college “at any cost” doesn’t mean spending more, it means being smarter! Sometimes that means I have to slow down our college credit program or use something else, but even when we are on the tightest budget, there are still ways we can keep earning college credit!

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

Excelsior College Workshop:1 Week Away!

Join by HS4CC degree planning experts Danika Recore and Jennifer Cook-DeRosa in this 2+ hour live stream intensive class on October 27th. You’ll learn how to resourcefully plan your homeschooling courses to cash flow an affordable bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College.

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Posted in College Majors, Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC

Liberty University’s Interdisciplinary Degree

Liberty University is a HS4CC favorite because it allows parents to get a really big head start in high school (up to 90 college credits) for super low cost. This post will highlight one of their most flexible options, the Interdisciplinary Studies bachelor’s degree.

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Posted in Breaking News, Debt Free Degree, financial aid, HS4CC

Student Loan Forgiveness…revamp?

You may have read that the student loan forgiveness program (started in 2007) has been an enormous disaster. I’ve written about it here a few times, and in short, next to no one has had their loan forgiven despite making payments faithfully for 10 years. Biden announced Wednesday that the program is being revamped in an effort to correct the disaster.

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

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.

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  • Andrea LaBass, ASU Expert & HS4CC Moderator
    • Basic overview of ASU Universal Learner, planning courses, registering for courses, and studying for success.
  • Ann Dorminy, ASU Expert & HS4CC Moderator
    • Transferring courses to your target college and/or transitioning into ASU’s degree program.
  • Chrystal Smith, ASU Expert & HS4CC Moderator
  • Jennifer Cook-DeRosa, Executive Director of HS4CC
    • Finishing the ASU Bachelor’s Degree after high school without student loan debt

(1 hour)

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/DbMxTq1VardcsUZHYmii1I98cYBEJ-09TWMjAYj617LTjEoVnBZHKw4BOcxyMhI7OREAaCcNPxvF9ULJ.buOFCqeD4nC-t-gt?continueMode=true

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What’s the difference between ASU’s various course programs?

Since this summer, we’ve been BIG FANS of Arizona State’s Earned Admissions program for our homeschooling community, but since that time we’ve learned of a few other options you might like to know about. But what’s the difference between these programs and how do they fit into a Homeschooling for College Credit program?

Announcement: New ASU Portal

Our new ASU partnership portal allows HS4CC parents access to a variety of college courses without the red tape, transcript submissions, age restrictions, lengthy admissions processes, and regulations typically found at local colleges and universities. We receive no compensation from ASU for this program, but we DO receive access to special courses and programs that […]

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

Watch Now: Simple Math…Difficult Decisions

Using logic and math, not emotion and propaganda, we’ll reframe what you think it means to pay for a college degree. You’ll learn how to break down costs, where you can save big bucks, and how to keep student loan borrowing as close to zero as possible. Especially for Homeschooling for College Credit families. (1 hour)

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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 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 Blue Collar, Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree

Preaching to the Choir

I almost never repost someone else’s article, but the full article appears behind a paywall, and when Mike Rowe wrote an editorial, I simply had to share it here. Some of my thoughts and opinions are at the bottom, but since my head exploded in the process, they didn’t all make it on the page.

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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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