Posted in ASU EA, ASU UL, Distance Learning, Dual Enrollment, Self-Paced Learning, Transfer Credit

ASU UL Course: Poetry in America for HS4CC Portal Students Only!

For our families only! I’m thrilled to announce that Poetry in America, in partnership with Arizona State University and the ASU Center for Public Humanities, is offering a for-credit English Course to high-school students, Poetry in America, 1850-1945.

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Posted in ASU EA, ASU UL, Distance Learning, Dual Enrollment, Transfer Credit

NEW ASU UL Certificate: Applied Business Data Analytics (ABDA)

Arizona State University is adding Universal Learner courses to enable students to earn their Applied Business Data Analytics (ABDA) certificate! The certificate is comprised of 6 courses, with 18 total college credits.

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Posted in ASU EA, ASU UL, Computer Science, Dual Enrollment, HS4CC, Self-Paced Learning

New ASU UL course: CIS 194 Technical Support Fundamentals

Arizona State University’s Universal Learner Program has added another new course to it’s lineup Spring semester. CIS 194 Technical Support Fundamentals launches January 2022. The new course is part of their new initiative with Google. Students can complete 6 IT courses and earn the Google IT Certification.

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Posted in ASU EA, ASU UL, Distance Learning, Dual Enrollment, Transfer Credit

NEW ASU UL Course: STS 220 Introduction to Social Transformation

Arizona State University has added another NEW course to their Universal Learner (UL) program: STS 220 Introduction to Social Transformation. This new 3 credit course is available as an 8-week teacher-paced course in the lower level division (freshman/sophomore) starting January 2022.

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Posted in ASU EA, Dual Enrollment, HS4CC, Transfer Credit

New Accounting 1 Course Added to ASU’s EA Course Lineup!

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 ASUCollege CreditHigh School Credit
Uses of Accounting I31
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.

Overview of ASU’s Earned Admissions Program

How to Sign Up for ASU’s Earned Admissions Courses

ASU Course Reviews Page

One more thing!

If you enroll in one of ASU’s EA 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!

Posted in ASU EA, Computer Science, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC, Science, Transfer Credit

HS4CC Parents Share ASU Course Reviews

Many of our Homeschooling for College Credit parents have jumped into the Arizona State University Earned Admission program this year. Well, we have feedback and we’re ready to share! Want to know what other parents think of this program?

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Posted in ASU EA, Dual Enrollment, High School, Math, Science, Self-Paced Learning, Transfer Credit

How to Sign Up for ASU’s Earned Admissions Courses

Arizona State University’s Earned Admissions program offers a unique low-risk high-reward opportunity for students to take college level courses at a reasonable price. The cost is $25 to sign up for each course, and $400 paid at the END of the course, but only if you like the grade! If you don’t pay, there is NO record of the course – and students can retake courses as many times as necessary to pass. We know of no other source of regionally accredited (the gold standard) credit offering this amazing option. Their hassle free registration requires no transcripts, and no placement tests, too!

How to Sign Up

  1. ASURITE Account
  • NEW Students who are still in high school (or lower), who do NOT have an ASURITE ID should go to ea.asu.edu/partners/hs4cc and sign up for an ASURITE ID. Adults can use the ea.asu.edu main portal to sign up. This step can take 2-3 days.

2. FERPA

(Step added 10/2/20) Once you receive your ASURITE ID and can login, you’ll need to fill out the FERPA agreement to allow parents or guardians to speak with ASU staff about the student’s account. Please login to myASU (far top right corner) and add the Parent/Guardian to the account by clicking on the “Add a Guest” and fill out the information. This is probably the ONLY time you’ll log into the myASU portal. The rest of the time you’ll use the Login link on the EA page (black bar). Obviously, adult students would skip this step.

3. Register for a course

  • Make sure you are in the EA portal ea.asu.edu or hs4cc.ea.asu.edu and NOT in the myASU portal – the course are different from the main portal and charged at full ASU tuition! Log out if you need to or just put ea.asu.edu into your URL window.
  • When you log in to your ASU account using the Login button on the black bar in the ea.asu.edu or hs4cc.ea.asu.edu portal, you will be presented with the Dashboard.
  • Click the “Add Courses” link either on the black bar at the top, or from the blue bar titled “My Current Courses”
  • Scroll through the list of courses and select the Add Course button.
  • Notice that some courses have both a self-paced option and an Instructor Paced option. Be sure to select the correct course.

4. Upgrade the Course

  • Click on Upgrade Course to upgrade the class for potential college credit. The normal fee for this is $25. A photo ID is required in this step, as well as a camera on your computer or device you are using.
  • All ASU courses require a photo ID to upgrade for credit. That can be a government issued ID, a school ID, Military or DoD or dependent ID, passport/passport ID, notarized College Board form with photo (used for AP/CLEP testing by underaged kids), and some have successfully used homeschool or co-op ID’s. If using a homeschool ID, ideally it would have their name, DOB, and Photo – must have a photo. If you have concerns, please email earned@asu.edu or call them! You will use this ID when you upgrade the course for credit at the beginning of the course, and again for any proctored exams (some have proctored finals).

FAQ

Q: How long should it take to get an ASURITE ID? 

A: It usually takes up to 2-3 days to get an ID and get into the system

Q: I have a problem and I’d like to call ASU… who can I call?
https://ea.asu.edu/about/contact-us 
or earned@asu.edu (their main email for the program)
We recommend NOT calling the main phone line for ASU. Not everyone manning the main campus phone lines understand the EA program.

Q: Do I sign up for the courses in the portal or do they sign us up? 

A: You sign up for courses yourself. Login and select courses using the Add Courses on the Dashboard.

Q: Do I need a photo ID?

A: Yes, all ASU courses require a photo ID. That can be a government issued ID, a school ID, Military or DoD or dependent ID, passport/passport ID, notarized College Board form with photo (used for AP/CLEP testing by underaged kids), and some have successfully used homeschool or co-op ID’s. If using a homeschool ID, ideally it would have their name, DOB, and Photo – must have a photo. If concerned, you could potentially combine one of these with a SS card or birth certificate. If you have concerns, please email or call them! You will use this ID when you upgrade the course for credit at the beginning of the course, and again for any proctored exams (some have proctored finals).

Q: Do these courses transfer to other colleges and are they accredited?
A: Yes, they are accredited. ASU is a well known and well respected 4-year college. 

As with EVERY class or exam, we always recommend you check with the colleges of interest to see how they transfer. I’ve personally verified classes like ENG101/102, College Algebra, etc transfer into our local (Texas) colleges exactly as they’d sound. You’d ask for the contact info for the Transcript or Transfer specialist (or some similar job title), to find out if they transfer. Some colleges may have a transfer pathway already setup as well. 

If you’re interested in transferring FROM your current program TO ASU for a 4 year degree, they have a Transfer Pathway page to help students plan their degree efficiently.

Q: I tried to login but I get an error saying my ID doesn’t exist

A: Be sure you are using the “Log in” link on the black bar on the ea.asu.edu or hs4cc.ea.asu.edu pages, rather than the “sign in” link in the top far right corner. This is a known issue that has nothing to do with the portal change or the beta program. We tested it with adult ASURITE ID’s that had not changed portals and weren’t in the beta program and the same thing happened to them. It predates this change. Use the correct login link and you should land at the Dashboard as you normally would.

If you have a brand new ASURITE ID, it sometimes takes another 24hrs to log in once you receive it. If you still can’t login 24hrs after receipt of the ID, I would contact them. earned@asu.edu

Why we Love the ASU EA and HS Programs

  • ASU’s Earned Admissions (EA) and High School (HS) programs provide low-cost, high-reward courses at a reasonable price of $400/course, paid at the end if you like the grade. Plus a $25 ID Fee normally paid upfront, but they’re waived for the Beta program for those who tell them they are with HS4CC.
  • There are no other fees.
  • Books, as always, are included free online.
  • Labs are either virtual or use common materials found at home.
  • As with all Earned Admissions courses, you only pay at the end if you like the grade and would like it on a transcript.
  • No placement test like TSI / ACCUPLACER, just sign up for a course and take it
  • No paperwork to turn in, or transcripts to send. Signing up for an ASURITE ID with the college is quick and easy. Once you have an ID, you can log in and sign up for classes. (this is often a 2-3 day process)
  • Open to any age – no restrictions. If the child can handle the work, they can take the course.
  • Course Prerequisites are a suggestion, not a restriction. If the student is able to do the higher-level work, he or she can take the course.
  • I love the self-paced courses, in particular, because they enable us to weave an extra course or two into my kids’ community college schedule without impacting the grades. We can adjust and spend more or less time on the self-paced classes, based on the demands of the less flexible community college courses. We can also squeeze an extra college class into a semester or between semesters without jeopardizing grades in any of the courses.
  • See ASU list of courses here

One more thing!

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!

Posted in CLEP, College Admission, High School

We just saved $96,780

I have to share my correspondence with one of our Minnesota members. She has graciously agreed to let me post it here:

“With CLEP and PSEO (dual enrollment), I just calculated we are saving $96,780 at the University of Northwestern St. Paul.

1/3 of that is in CLEP alone: 32 credit hours, which is about $30,260. Then, two years free through dual enrollment which is another $30,260 X 2 =$60,520.  

We are saving far more money by CLEPping and dual enrollment than we could get in scholarships.  -Carol Lang Frisk


She’s not exaggerating, I pulled the numbers to share with you.  

It’s -seriously- phenomenal.  Read on…


2017–18 Tuition & Fees 

The University of Northwestern St. Paul

  1. Tuition……………………………………………..$30,260
  2. Room………………………………………………….$5,570
  3. Meal Plan……………………………………………$3,700
  4. Technology Fee……………………………………..$260
  5. Health Services Fee……………………………….$124
  6. Activity Fee……………………………………………..$150
  7. Personal Expenses** …………………………..$2,120
  8. Books & Supplies** ………………………………..$600
  9. Transportation**…………………………………….$620

TOTAL …………………………………..$43,404

 

It’s worth noting that the green items with ** indicate variable expenses you can control to some degree.  (Does anyone else think the college has under-estimated the cost of books?)  So, to be fair, let’s round down to $40,000 per year- just the cost Carol’s family will be BILLED.  

Without smart planning, Carol and her daughter may have wandered onto campus and signed up for a $160,000 degree!  Thankfully, she’ll found a way to bring that cost down closer to $40,000.


Secondary savings and benefits gained by Carol’s plan:

  • In addition to reducing tuition cost, this family will cut items #2- #9 on the list by at least two years!  She won’t have to pay the meal plans, health services fees, technology fees, etc. if she’s not there!

  • A scholarship, while saving cost, doesn’t save TIME.   Injecting college credit in high school is extra work, but it is saving this student a full 2 years off the TIME it takes to finish her degree.  

  • Graduating 2 years earlier than her peers puts her into her career 2 years earlier, thus accelerating her ability to earn a supporting salary.

  • If entering the workforce isn’t in the immediate future, she has time to travel, volunteer, serve, or attend graduate school while her peers finish their undergraduate degree.

  • If she does take out a student loan, she’ll begin repayment 2 years earlier than if she attended a full 4 years- which saves 2 years worth of interest.

  • The average in-state public college costs about $40,000 for 4 years- they’ve found a way to attend a private college for the same price.

  • Using CLEP exams allowed Carol to choose appropriate homeschool curriculum that aligned with their family values while earning college credit. 

  • Using CLEP exams allowed Carol’s daughter to move quickly through subjects she easily understood, and spend more time on those that gave her trouble. 

  • Using CLEP exams and dual enrollment allowed Carol’s family to make credit accumulation a “pay-as-you-go” situation, which is ultimately the most affordable option for many parents.


How much did they spend?  What exams did she take?


 

Carol shared that her daughter earned 45 CLEP credits, but this college only awards credit for 32.  Here’s her list, cost, and reward:

16 credits Spanish CLEP ($100)   This college awards up to 16 credits for the Spanish CLEP exam but requires the student to pass a second college based test for verification.  This will give her credit in Spanish I, II, III, and IV.  (note: most colleges award up to 9 credits)

4 credits World Religions DSST ($100)  DSST is nearly identical to CLEP.

4 credits College Composition CLEP ($100)

4 credits Western Civilization CLEP ($100) 

1 credit Here’s to Your Health DSST ($100) 

3 credit (CLEP) to be determined ($100)

TOTAL INVESTMENT:  $600


Parents who inject CLEP exams into their homeschool by using it as a “final exam” don’t really have that much extra added cost- they’re buying curriculum anyway, so the risk is in paying for an exam.  Currently, CLEP exams cost $80 but a testing center typically charges about $20 for proctoring services, so it’s safest to budget $100 per exam.

Since exams usually award 3-6 credits, the $100 investment is well worth the risk!  You’d have to fail the CLEP exam 5 or 6 times before it’s more expensive than the college class.


Have you thought about using CLEP or DSST to help offset college costs for your teen?  If so, what’s your strategy?  Do you have tips for getting the biggest bang for your buck? Share them below!


Reader D.M. sent me this lovely note:

“Hi. I just wanted to share a story with you. I have struggled to get my almost 15yo daughter interested in taking CLEP exams. This has recently changed! She is now obsessed with preparing. What has changed? She started the Dave Ramsey financial curriculum and I forwarded the blog post you wrote about Carol Lang Frisk. She is now hoping to take and pass three exams this summer. I hope this inspiration continues!”