Just this week, I’ve read announcements that multiple states are releasing major amounts of grant/financial aid dollars as a response to COVID and encouraging a re-enrollment initiative. It appears as if the decision to implement this type of program is coming from the state level.
I encourage you to reach out inside your Homeschooling for College Credit state group, visit your local community college’s website, and scan your state’s .gov page for clues about possible programs in your area. I do NOT have a good database since my info is coming in bits and pieces through the news, but with fall registration happening NOW, I encourage everyone to check locally and see if your teen qualifies for any of these grants/scholarships/programs.
Dual enrollment high school students are in their own category of student type, so your high school students may qualify for DIFFERENT programs than your high school graduates. This has been the case in my family (we live in North Carolina) where 2 of my sons qualified for free tuition under different guidelines for different courses using different grants- so be sure to check thoroughly! I’m sharing the link to my state’s info, but if YOU know of a COVID grant for your state, you can send the link to me and I’ll send it out to everyone.
UPDATE: since publishing this post, Spartanburg Community College added the line “living in SC” to their eligibility requirements. My screenshot from Wayback Machine confirms that it wasn’t part of the original offer. So sorry guys, this is a bummer.
So, it looks like only our SC families can take advantage, and I hope they do, but congrats to those who got in before of the “change.”
Spartanburg Community College (South Carolina) has opened their catalog to students living anywhere in the country for South Carolina dual enrollment AND they are waiving tuition. Yes, really. $0 Dual enrollment this year- what are you waiting for??? Courses are taken online from anywhere.
The button above will take you to the Dual Enrollment Handbook (59 pages) full of everything you need to know, but this is a quick overview to help you decide if this will work for your teen. My prediction is that these classes will be full immediately, so there is no time to waste if you want your teen to register!
SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE OVERVIEW Spartanburg Community College (SCC), established in 1963, is one of 16 colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System. Its service area is comprised of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties located in upstate South Carolina. SCC offers 70 certificate, diploma, and degree programs in the following areas: university transfer, health sciences, and technologies.
Spartanburg is regionally accredited, so the credits earned here should transfer well into any other accredited college or university that accepts transfer credit.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
The college *always offers dual enrollment, but normally charges tuition. This free tuition program is only for 2021-2022 school year (3 semesters: fall 2021, spring 2022, summer 2022)
They offer several high school programs that all fall under their umbrella term they call Early College.
The online courses open to homeschoolers are in their program called Dual Enrollment (still under the Early College umbrella term).
When you register your teen, it creates a permanent record / GPA / college transcript that will follow them forward and will require future disclosure of their attendance and grade earned.
Your teen has access to the entire college catalog as long as they meet prerequisites (if applicable). Example: You can’t take Biology 2 without having taken Biology 1.
You have to fill out an application.
Instructors are not expected to alter standard course content or discussion topics to accommodate a younger audience. Students should be prepared to read, hear, or see course content that includes mature and sometimes provocative, controversial academic topics and be able to respond in a mature way to such subject matter.
You have to pay for textbooks (if applicable).
SOME of these classes are LIVE ONLINE which means that you have to log in at a specific time- be sure to check!!
Synchronous = live or in real time, Asynchronous = learn anytime
Age 16 and having completed 10th grade. (Younger students may appeal using the form in the back of linked booklet above- appendix D)
3.0 Grade Point Average (from your homeschool transcript)
SAT / ACT scores may be used in place of 3.0 GPA if necessary
LIVING IN SOUTH CAROLINA (this was just added per SPCC)
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
You don’t have to get a certificate/diploma/degree from this college.
These courses should transfer well to other colleges outside of South Carolina
If your teen takes a college class, you can award them 1 high school credit
If your teen pursues a bachelor’s degree at a South Carolina university, use this link to confirm transfer South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SC TRAC): https://www.sctrac.org.
Their full catalog is searchable, so be sure to filter for ONLINE when looking for a class. Note that it is possible to earn an entire associate degree online through this college, so if your teen already has a lot of college credit, you may want to consider “finishing” their degree at Spartanburg! They allow you to transfer in up to 75% of the credits toward a degree. Transfer page
Their transfer page says they accept CLEP, AP, and ACE credit. It is unclear if they accept Sophia, Straighterline, Studycom, etc. If any parent here has their teen’s ACE credit evaluated by Spartanburg, PLEASE let me know. -Jennifer
**At this point a new screen opens with all online courses**
Step 5: Select “Open Sections Only” from the Availability option on the left
**At this point the number of open courses will appear as a number next to the SCC Locations button. In this screenshot you’ll see that there are (were) 86 available classes to choose from.
Step 6: You can now either browse the entire remaining list of classes, or filter further by subject on the left. In the sample above, you’ll see a number next to the subjects. That number indicates how many courses are open in that subject. American Government (1) indicates 1 course available.
NOTE: Where it states “ENG-032 and RDG-032” they are indicating a placement level, not a class. In short, your teen needs to be eligible for college level English and Reading. Check with advising about how to prove eligibility.
Step 7: The catalog should be in real time (or very close to it) so be sure to have your teen’s application in the works asap! I expect the availability to be different every day until the semester begins. Popular classes sometimes have extra sessions added, so you can continue to check back.
Jennifer’s Pick for Resourceful Planning
The following are my “top picks” because I like to make the most out of every ounce of learning. If I take a class, I like to see if there are any CLEPs that are “similar but different” to bundle with it. In addition, if I take a CLEP, that might meet prerequisites for other classes. I’ve picked a few classes that will bundle well (without duplicating) CLEP exams – and suggestions for classes you could try if you’ve already taken a CLEP in that subject.
PSY-103 Human Relations (3 credits) This course is a study of human relations, including the dynamics of behavior, interrelationships, and personality as applied in everyday life.
(I would study for and take the CLEP Sociology after this course)
PSY-212 Abnormal Psychology (3 Credits) This course is a study of the nature and development of behavioral disorders, including the investigation of contemporary treatment procedures.
(I like this course if you’ve already done CLEP General Psychology exam and want more psychology credit)
PHS-101 Physical Science I (4 Credits) Topics are selected from astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics.
(This course has some math/language arts pre requisites, so not everyone will qualify, but if you’ve already taken either high school or college biology, I would study for the CLEP Natural Sciences exam after this course)
MUS-105 Music Appreciation (3 Credits) This course is an introduction to the study of music with focus on the elements of music and appropriate listening experiences. ART-101 Art History and Appreciation (3 Credits) This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.
If you take both Music Appreciation and Art Appreciation, it’s low hanging fruit to attempt the CLEP Humanities exam too.
BONUS suggestion: PHI-105 Introduction to Logic (3 Credits) This course is an introduction to the structure of argument, including symbolization, proofs, formal fallacies, deductions, and inductions. This course doesn’t tie into another CLEP exam, but it’s SUPER HARD TO FIND and one that many parents ask for!
In today’s post, I want to feature CCU’s online dual enrollment program – some of the pros and cons as shared with me by a Homeschooling for College Credit parent whose daughter just finished an Associate of Arts degree through their program!
“My son is taking all his classes for 12th grade at the community college, he will be graduating in May with both his high school diploma from our homeschool and associates degree from our local community college”
-Jayne L., North Carolina homeschooling parent.
Updated for 2021
The topic of today’s post is targeted toward our North Carolina families, but the takeaway isn’t that you should relocate to North Carolina, it’s that in almost every state there are some strategies you can build around the resources you have available to you. I know many non-NC adults who “hacked” their education and earned AA or BA degrees for pennies on the dollar (I’m on that list!) For the motivated, there are a lot of ways to save money, but this post is my deconstruction and then reconstruction of the resources in NC, assembled in a way that maxes out the benefits available to parents. Continue reading “$2000 Bachelor’s Degrees in North Carolina”→
While College Algebra tends to be the “starter” math for dual enrollment, College Algebra requires (at a minimum) your student finish high school algebra 2 first. What if your teen is ready for college credit by not finished with Algebra 2? There are options!
In today’s post, I want to tell you about a new Dual Enrollment option that is unique because they offer SELF PACED classes! The details about the program are below, and also info about a free online event where I’ve invited them to share more about their program and allow us to ask questions.
A quick dual enrollment fact. You’ll pay SIGNIFICANTLY less money in tuition when your teen takes college classes as a high school student.
A private university offers tuition to high school students at rate of about 1/10th their regular tuition! For a university that normally charges $4,000 per class to their students only charges about $400 per class to high school students for the same class! 3-4-5 or more classes and you’re talking serious savings!
Outlier is a company that formed a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh to offer college classes online ($400) and have them appear as original credit on an official University of Pittsburgh transcript. This is a legitimate form of credit laundering, and based on the feedback so far, these classes are cinema-quality-knock-your-socks-off. Your teen could be one of 1,000 selected to get a class for free!
THIS SUMMER Husson University in Maine (yes, regionally accredited) allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to take 2 free online courses. These are for college credit and should transfer into your target college in the future. You can take a max of 21 credits before you graduate high school! ANY STATE except California. Details below.
TEL Learning offers high-quality, self-paced courses that can be used in one of two ways: 1) for college credit for a fee, or 2) as a free resource for your homeschool (no college credit). Both of these options use the exact same course but with different end purposes. Let’s examine the college credit option first.
Most of the time a student taking a course through a non-college provider will hit a brick wall when they attempt to launder that credit at a college. Outlier Courses have built a pathway that offers a legitimate credit laundering pathway!
Here it is! Hot off the press Homeschooling for College Credit’s Out of State Dual Enrollment List for 2021. Colleges on this list allow students from any state to participate (via distance learning) in a reduced tuition program and accumulate college credit. These credits can then be rolled into a degree at that college (after high school) or transferred to the target college of your choice.
For future reference, a current list of dual enrollment colleges will be neatly tucked inside the top tab ^ Earn College Credit.
Special thanks to HS4CC parent Rob B for this lead! Husson University in Maine (yes, regionally accredited) allows high school students to take 2 free online courses per semester. ANY STATE except California. Details below.
ASU’s Digital Prep program offers 2 interesting options to high school students. Students who wish to use their full-time high school program can take up to 2 free university courses per semester. This program is free to Arizona students. Out of state full-time students are charged tuition based on the program they choose.
The second option they offer is part-time Concurrent Enrollment. Students pay $600 per course for ala carte university classes, plus books/supplies. Students can complete as many courses as they’d like at this rate.
Unlike ASU’s Earned Admissions program, that offers low-risk, high-reward courses with no record of failure, Digital Prep’s University courses are subject to the “normal” college rules, such as drop dates, paying up front for the course, and the additional purchase of books and supplies may be required. Failing or substandard grades would become part of their permanent ASU transcript, if the student does not drop or withdraw from a class by the deadlines.
ASU Digital Prep provides several suggested Career Pathways to a wide variety of careers, including engineering, business, arts, sciences, law, pre-med or vet, and many more. ASU’s Digital Prep program expands the number of courses offered to high school students at a deeply discounted rate of $600/course.
Have more questions about ASU Digital Prep or Concurrent Enrollment courses? Digital Prep has a handy FAQ that will answer any of your questions, or join one of their regularly scheduled Live Q&A sessions on their Enrollment Page.
One more thing!
If you enroll in one of these courses, be sure to join our ASU Homeschooling for College Credit Facebook group! You’ll learn how to get the most out of the program with us!
ASU is a favorite dual enrollment option in our community, and their Spring line up has some great courses! ASU published start dates for some of their Spring courses, AND added a new course in Accounting! Registration is open. Please note that these dates are subject to change.
We are often asked which course to start with from Arizona State University’s Earned Admissions (EA) lineup. This isn’t a “one size fits all” answer, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you consider your options.
Outlier is the “unicorn” company that formed a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh to offer college classes online ($400) and have them appear as original credit on an official University of Pittsburgh transcript. This is a legitimate form of credit laundering, and based on the feedback so far, these classes are cinema-quality-knock-your-socks-off. Your teen could be one of 1,000 selected to get a class for free!
Arizona State University has added a new course to their Earned Admissions program: ACC 231 Uses of Accounting 1 is a teacher-paced, 8 week, 3 credit Accounting course with a first offering date of 3/16/2021!
Are you interested in business and its financial aspects? This course introduces the uses of accounting information throughout the business cycle and how accounting information is used for internal and external purposes. Topics include Generally Accepted Accounting Principles or “GAAP” and the preparation and analysis of financial statements.
Opportunities to apply concepts with hands-on practice are integrated throughout the course. In addition, the course’s content is adaptive, allowing you to achieve mastery of the concepts on a personalized learning path.
Focused on decision-making and the role of accounting in the decision-making process, this course’s topics are applicable not only to business but to any situation that utilizes financial information
You will learn:
Uses and limitations of accounting information
Types of business entities, internal controls, regulatory bodies, and more
The accounting cycle from transaction entry to preparation of financial statements
How to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Assumptions (GAAP) within accounting’s overall framework
Interpretation and analysis of financial statements using ratio analysis
Course Title used by ASU
High School Credit
Uses of Accounting I
Breakdown of credit
For More Information:
As with all of ASU’s EA courses, the cost is $25 to sign up and students optionally pay $400 at the end if they like the grade and want to add it to their ASU transcript. If not, no record of the course is recorded. Students may retake the courses as many times as needed to get the grade they want. Bonus: no red tape, no need to send transcripts, no hoops to jump through, and no placement tests. Just sign up for a login on their site and pay $25 per course to start! This is a one-of-a-kind program from a well known, regionally accredited (the gold standard), 4 year, tier 1 research University.
Special thanks to HS4CC parent Gordon F. for sharing his review of Introductory Oceanography at Hawaii Pacific University. This science course earns 3 college credits (non-lab) and you’ll award your teen 1 high school credit. Oceanography is a great science to consider if you’re looking for an interesting variation of Earth Science!
It’s common for high school students to take a couple science classes, but science LABS seem to create some anxiety for parents. I think our lab sciences ended up being our BEST classes!! When in doubt, add more lab!