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.Continue reading “What Does the “Freshman Scholarship” cover and is it enough?”
Even with your perfect HS4CC plan in place, we want you to win scholarships for the remaining credits. Very few scholarships restrict you from winning NOW to use LATER, and a few are even for the younger students. Let the stockpiling begin.Continue reading “Scholarships in 9th grade? Yes!”
Even with your perfect HS4CC plan in place, we want you to win scholarships for the remaining credits. Even though most deadlines have passed, here is a short list you can still apply for if you hurry.Continue reading “Scholarships Still Open: Apply Now!”
Genevieve, HS4CC parent from Illinois writes, “I’m happy to share my son’s story about Homeschooling. He’ll be graduating from high school this year with 30 college credits!”Continue reading “HS4CC Homemade Scholarship Story from IL”
“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?”Continue reading “Parent Question: A college professor told me something about financial aid and my teen’s college credit.”
Does that sound like a crazy question? Not so fast! In today’s post, you’ll learn how to know it your teen has college credit….or potential college credit.Continue reading “Does my Teen have College Credit?”
A Social Security Number is not required to submit a dual enrollment or regular college application, however, if you choose to not provide your Social Security Number (SSN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or if you do not have one, you can expect a few snags.Continue reading “Parent Question: Do I have to provide my son’s SS# on his dual enrollment application?”
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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Some colleges have generous donations and huge endowments committed to keeping the cost of education to the absolute minimum. If you’re fortunate enough to gain admittance to one of these schools (which is NOT easy), 100% of tuition costs are waived for all admitted students. In most cases, the student may qualify for grants or scholarships that also cover costs like books, transportation, meals, or dormitories.Continue reading “Tuition-Free Colleges”
Debt free college, is it possible? It is- but it won’t be easy! Debt-free college isn’t a matter of having a huge bank account, rich uncle, or perfect SAT scores. Average parents with almost no college savings can send their (large) homeschool families to college debt-free, but it takes planning and exceptional motivation!Continue reading “Saving and Shaving: Debt-Free College”
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!Continue reading “Homemade Scholarships”
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!Continue reading “We Can’t Afford Dual Enrollment”
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.Continue reading “Student Loan Forgiveness…revamp?”
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
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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?
Trying to decide which EA course to start with from ASU’s EA Course lineup?
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 […]
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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Sometimes members use the shorthand “UL” or “LL” to indicate upper-level or lower-level credit. If you’re wondering what the difference is and why anyone cares, let’s take a look!Continue reading “Good to Know: UL and LL Credit”
Parents: check with Human Resources immediately! Scholarship application deadlines are sometimes a year in advance.
It depends. In some cases, a parent’s dependents are eligible to apply, but in other cases, the teen must be an employee. If you or your teen already work for one of these companies, simply contact your Human Resources department and ask for more information. Continue reading “100 Employee Scholarships”
There aren’t a lot of scholarships left at this time of year because most have been awarded. Look at these as “below the radar” opportunities! Keep watching for a new batch of scholarships to open up this summer.Continue reading “7 Scholarships!”
“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”
You’re injecting college credit into your homeschool, but what about “the rest of the degree” that comes at full price after high school? I want you to consider all possible options that help your family stay out of debt!Continue reading “Teen Employment = Free College”
Homeschooling for College Credit families often pay tuition or have unique educational situations. I’ve pulled and pasted some highlights from the IRS Publication Tax Benefits for Education to help you with your FAQs. I am not a tax professional! Consult your teen’s college and your accountant regarding your specific situation and your taxes.Continue reading “6 Questions About HS4CC and Your Taxes”
Thinking about earning college credit in high school? In this post, I’ll do a quick summary of what each kind of college credit costs if you’re STILL in high school, and how you can save money on the process.Continue reading “What does it Cost to Homeschool for College Credit?”
A Texas parent asks: “Hello. I am new here and to full homeschool in general… In a nut shell, my daughter is THRIVING in her online high school curriculum… We want to allow her full homeschool to give her control over her pace as she would like to graduate earlier and have control over her personal schedule. She is very disciplined and we know it’s the right move for her.”Continue reading “Member Question: Should we graduate high school earlier than usual?”
The college tuition funding nut is a tough one to crack. You could be super rich with a fully stocked college fund for all of your kids (yeah!) or you could be like me, trying to cash flow college for 4 kids on 1 income. If you’re somewhere in the middle, you might be considering student loans- but what if your teen attends a college that doesn’t allow student loans? Can that help you or hurt you? Continue reading “Colleges That Don’t Allow Student Loans”
I love Jessica’s JLV Scholarship blog and read it often. Yesterday, I learned that there are a handful of scholarships earmarked each year for moms and dads! These scholarships specifically help parents earn a degree. Thanks Jessica – this is an amazing list!