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 celebrate, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC, Military

Bella’s Graduation Story


With gratitude, I’d like to thank our HS4CC Military Facebook Group Moderator Jennifer Tillson, for sharing each and every wonderful detail of her daughter’s classes and cost breakdown for her homeschooling program and graduation! Bella’s story is an example of how one mom followed her daughter’s gifts and talents and went all in. I know you’ll enjoy reading this as much as I have!

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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 Big 3, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC

Resourceful Degree Planning at Excelsior College

Known as one of the “Big 3” Excelsior College is exceptionally “alternative college credit” friendly, allowing a resourceful parent to outsource the majority of the degree with low cost college credit options. This approach, when well-planned, allows you to build a regionally accredited college degree for just a few thousand dollars.

Join degree planning expert Danika Recore in this 2+ hour live Zoom class. You’ll learn how to pick the right dual enrollment, CLEP, Sophia, Studycom, DSST, ASU, or Coopersmith classes to earn an affordable bachelor’s degree at Excelsior College.

We’ll focus on the two most attainable degrees at Excelsior: Liberal Arts and Business. Each participant will receive a handout and a recording of the full session.

Registration is required. $40 space is limited. 6pm EST – 8pm EST immediately followed by Q&A.

Posted in Big 3, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC

Resourceful Degree Planning at Excelsior College

Known as one of the “Big 3” Excelsior College is exceptionally “alternative college credit” friendly, allowing a resourceful parent to outsource the majority of the degree with low cost college credit options. This approach, when well-planned, allows you to build a regionally accredited college degree for just a few thousand dollars.

Join degree planning expert Danika Recore in this 2+ hour live Zoom class. You’ll learn how to pick the right dual enrollment, CLEP, Sophia, Studycom, DSST, ASU, or Coopersmith classes to earn an affordable bachelor’s degree at Excelsior College.

We’ll focus on the two most attainable degrees at Excelsior: Liberal Arts and Business. Each participant will receive a handout and a recording of the full session.

Registration is required. $40 space is limited. 6pm EST – 8pm EST immediately followed by Q&A.

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 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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