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  • Watch List: 16 CLEP Exams Expiring 12/31/2022
    If your teen is taking one of these CLEP exams, take note. Between now and then we hope to see a renewal, but if we don’t, it’s possible that they won’t be worth college credit at your target college. Read more for details.
  • Celebrate!
    At the end of each month, I invite you to share your teen’s success! Did they take pass their midterm exam with flying colors, register for their first CLEP test, earn college credit, or something else? We want to celebrate with you! Share below!!
  • NEWS: HS4CC Beta Testers Needed!
    A pre-announcement! I’ve been given 200 “seats” to offer to the HS4CC community from a regionally accredited college in California as part of their beta test! Guess what? These classes will be LIVE! And FREE for this community only! The details are coming this month, but here are a few details: The college is regionally […]
  • Dysgraphia & Dyslexia Hasn’t Stopped Lucas
    Dyslexia and dysgraphia are both learning disorders that don’t reflect intelligence, but do present challenges for regular academic activities like reading and writing. I’m thrilled to share how Liz helped her 13-year old son crush 5 CLEP exams despite his challenges.
  • Parent Review: ASL Online DE @ Pierpont
    Carie, HS4CC parent, shares some valuable info about her daughter’s online American Sign Language dual enrollment course being taken though Pierpont Community & Technical College.
  • What is a Partner College?
    A partner college is a written agreement between a business and a college to make it easy for you to transfer your teen’s college credits. Partnerships differ by college or company, but here is an example of what a partnership looks like and how to use it.
  • Data Science Analytics Bachelors under $10k
    Thanks to a partnership between Thomas Edison State University and Statistics.com, your teen can complete their Data Science Analytics nearly entirely in high school, and for under $10,000. *and* I got everyone a coupon!
  • Law Shelf: New Pricing
    Law Shelf is one of our NCCRS college credit providers that offers a huge free catalog of courses. The only cost is if you want to take the final exam (required for college credit). In this post you’ll get a BOGO coupon and I’ll cover their new price structure so you can make the most […]
  • Last Call for the HS4CC Class “Getting Started with CLEP”
    Save thousands of dollars by testing out of college classes using your own high school curriculum and CLEP exams.
  • Can High Schoolers Save the Community College?
    Even as total community college enrollment has fallen, the number of dual-enrolled high school students has grown. Is it enough to sustain the long-suffering two-year institution? Liam Knox November 22, 2022 When the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released its annual enrollment report last month, the outlook was fairly bleak. Enrollments had declined almost across the board—at lower […]
  • College on the Cheap Podcast (Episode 3)
    Please join me with my long-time HS4CC moderator and college credit expert Shelley Cloutier as we embark on a new episode of COLLEGE ON THE CHEAP! College on the Cheap is a podcast for the college-bound who appreciate the value of a penny. Episode 3: Testing Out with CLEP It’s 2005-2006, and I’m reading about […]
  • Coopersmith (NCCRS Credit by Exam)
    Coopersmith is essentially an independent learning program followed by a final exam. You’ll prepare using their materials and take their final exam. Passing the final exam is the only thing you need to do to get college credit. The cost is low, at only $50 per credit. Most courses are 3–4 credits.
  • Let’s CLEP Out of BIOLOGY
    Is your teen currently studying high school biology? Beyond just awarding high school credit, you can also allow them to attempt to earn college credit (for free!) by including a CLEP exam at the end of this school year. This post includes some of my favorite CLEP Biology resources.
  • Pro Tip: Preview Studycom “Assignments”
    If your teen is earning college credit through Studycom, they may have nearly finished a course only to find out that they had one or more assignments hidden at the end! That’s not a happy surprise, and that happened to my son this month! In this post, I want to show you how to find […]
  • How to Plan your Teen’s 2-Year Degree
    Digital Learning Guide – download instantly!
  • College Credit is a lot like Dating…
    Earning college credit is a lot like dating. I had this thought as I listened to one of my sons consider the possibility of getting more serious with his girlfriend. As I often do, I found a parallel to earning college credit and a degree. With college credit, like dating, there comes a tipping point […]
  • ALEKS Self-Paced Math Classes for College Credit
    Assessment and LEearning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course. ALEKS is often used as the software of choice by many colleges, but you can enroll as a homeschool and get college […]
  • Science Lab Coming from Sophia!
    Sophia to offer Chemistry Lab
  • HS4CC Class: Recording Dual Enrollment
    Dual enrollment is pretty common in 2022, but what do you need to know about including it on your teen’s high school transcript?In this class you’ll learn my 8 rules and guidelines for recording dual enrollment that don’t apply to other types of college credit like CLEP or AP.
  • A Degree After 2 Years of No Homeschooling
    Homeschooling for College Credit parent Kristen shares how her son will earn his degree after missing school for 2 years due to COVID.
  • College Credit in Statistics & Data Analytics
    Statistics.com has a unique catalog of ACE-evaluated courses in a variety of areas of statistics and data analytics that can be used for undergraduate or graduate credit. A bonus is that they have partnerships extend beyond just guaranteeing their courses transfer. These partnerships have degree plans that use the Statistics.com courses as the major. This, […]
  • The Big 3
    For Homeschooling for College Credit families who want to earn a degree using mostly alternative college credits.
  • College Credit at Highly Selective Colleges
    Digital Learning Guide – download instantly! Download here
  • NEWS: HS4CC Beta Testers Needed!
    A pre-announcement! I’ve been given 200 “seats” to offer to the HS4CC community from a regionally accredited college in California as part of their beta test! Guess what? These classes will be LIVE! And FREE for this community only! The details are coming next week, but here are a few details: The college is regionally […]
  • 9 Scholarships for Middle School Students
    It’s true! Your younger teens may be eligible for these scholarships. Apply now, get the award, and hold it until college enrollment. Here are 9 they can apply for this weekend.
  • You’re Invited! Saturday 11/12/22
    Homeschooling for College Credit welcome event!
  • Avoid Losing Credit During Transfer
    A report from the General Accounting Office (GAO) detailed the ways students lose credits when they transfer between colleges. Data from this report shows that students lost an estimated 43 percent of their college credits when they transferred out of community college and onto their university. That’s an estimated one-two semesters of full-time enrollment. $5,000 wasted on average […]
  • Biology, Algebra, and Calculus CLEP Story from North Carolina
    We have had several testing experiences. My students have CLEP tested for Biology, Algebra and Calculus. We have also had an unsuccessful CLEP. I’m happy to share what we have learned.
  • Sophia Courses for College Credit
    Sophia’s courses are offered as a subscription-based learning platform. You can work on 2 courses at a time, but there is no limit to the number of courses you can complete in a month.
  • UPDATE: College Credit in American Sign Language
    In June I shared about a $25/credit college credit option for ASL (and other subjects btw) but I’m happy to report we have an update!
  • Homeschool @ Harvard
    Digital Learning Guide – download instantly!
  • Freebie: DSST Practice Tests
    Homeschooling for College Credit DSST practice tests
  • What is Dual Enrollment?
    What is Dual Enrollment? Dual enrollment is not a universally defined.  I use the term “dual enrollment” or “DE” as a generic catch-all term to mean a college course taken by a student for both college and high school credit. In the case of homeschooling, the parent awards the high school credit while the college […]
  • Scholarships to apply for in November
    Did you know your teen can start applying for scholarships NOW that they might not need until next year (or the year after)? Yes! They can stockpile their awards. Here are scholarships they can apply for this month.
  • Sophia Discount Code
    I’m thrilled to bring our audience the following discount code for Sophia. Use code HS4CC for 10% off the first month of membership – through 12/31/2022. If you’d like to see how to use Sophia in your homeschool, the Homeschooling for College Credit Sophia page helps you understand the pros and cons of using Sophia […]
  • Celebrate!
    At the end of each month, I invite you to share your teen’s success! Did they pass a class, sign up for their first CLEP exam, get their driver’s license, or something cool? We want to celebrate with you! Share below!!
  • Workplace Training for College Credit
    Workplace training is an excellent (and sometimes free) way to earn college credit. Most often, workplace training is ACE-evaluated, making it worth college credit at a small handful of colleges or through a partnership.
  • Big Fall Bundle – on sale now
    Now through November 27th save over 50% off courses you love.
  • Testing out of College with DSST
    http://www.getcollegecredit.com The DSST exams (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) used to go by “DANTES” and used to only permit military test takers, so your college may still use that term or put their DSST acceptance policy inside the “military section” of their website. Since 2006, however, they were acquired by Prometric and are available to everyone. Knowing that […]
  • More Dual Enrollment for Under $200/course!
    I’m always looking for affordable DE courses. Last week I shared 5 colleges offering DE for under $200 per course, and this week brings you another list of 5! These colleges are offering classes (online) to homeschoolers living in any state. Remember, once your teen graduates high school, they’ll pay rack rate!
  • College Credit Over Winter Break
    A great way to squeeze a little extra college credit out of this academic year is through winter break, ministers, or accelerated terms. You can expect that any regionally accredited college offering this option means excellent transferability for your teen.
  • November Events – You’re Invited!
    Date Fall Events Registration 11/12/22 HS4CC Welcome Event, 11am-12pm EST Register 11/21/22 HS4CC Question & Answer Hour, 4pm-5pm EST Register Speaker: Jennifer Cook-DeRosa HS4CC Welcome Event A 45-minute guided presentation walking you through your pressing questions about how to get started bringing college credit into your homeschool. We’ll explore the big differences between the types […]
  • HS4CC Class: Getting Started with CLEP
    Save thousands of dollars by testing out of college classes using your own high school curriculum and CLEP exams.
  • College on the Cheap: Caffe Latte & a Bachelor’s Degree (Episode 2)
    College on the Cheap is my new podcast for the college-bound who appreciate the value of a penny. I’m joined by Shelly Cloutier as we tackle the big questions about how to ACTUALLY get through college without financially ruining your future. Episode 2: Caffè Latte & a Bachelor’s Degree Resourceful people LOVE finding a smart […]
  • GED Exam
    In 2014, GED Testing Services (GEDTS) partnered with American Council Education (ACE) and evaluated the exam. ACE determined that high enough scores warrant college credit. As such, your teen can earn 10 college credits for successfully scoring above this benchmark.
  • 17 Courses offered by Gateway Education Set to Expire this Month
    UPDATE: These courses were renewed through October 31, 2023.
  • Differences between ASU’s Various Portals, ASU Prep Digital, and being a student at ASU?
    Learn what the differences are between the various portal options, ASU Prep Digital, and being enrolled as a student at Arizona State University.
  • Dual Enrollment for $200/course or Less
    5 dual enrollment college programs offered online to homeschool students
  • Science Learning Stack
    Homeschooling for College Credit Learning Stack with Study.com
  • What does “enrollment decline” mean for your homeschooler?
    We know that the pandemic hit higher education in unimaginable ways. It will take decades to see a full recovery, but this is the 5th semester with demonstrated DECLINE in numbers. What does the enrollment decline mean for your homeschooler? Lots of good things.
  • Let’s Test Out
    I love a good testing-out story! If your teen has tested out of a college level class using CLEP, DSST, Advanced Placement, or another testing product, I’d love for you to share your story for an upcoming post. Most parents who first hear about testing out think it’s too hard, too intimidating, and what “other […]
  • Law Shelf: Free Classes & Free Credit Option
    Law Shelf course are NCCRS. NCCRS credits are not super-transfer friendly unless you use one of their partner colleges, but these classes are completely free, which is worth talking about! Furthermore, if you are planning to attend one of the partner colleges, you can save tens of thousands of dollars by outsourcing a lot of […]
  • Borrowed Future: Might be the most important 90 minutes you spend with your teen this decade.
    Homeschooling for College Credit Borrowed Future Dave Ramsey Documentary
  • Associate Degrees: Transfer or Terminal?
    2-Year Degrees: Snag #1 A common snag students experience when they attempt to transfer their associate degree into a 4-year university is that their associate degree was NOT a transfer degree, rather it was a terminal degree. Terminal degrees are intended to get student working- a wonderful goal- unless your goal is to attend a […]
  • Scholarships to Apply for TODAY
    ABA – always be applying! Did you know your teen can apply for scholarships even before they graduate high school? And then again weekly until they graduate college? This small handful should give you at least 1-2 opportunities for earning a little tuition money.
  • Reminder: Watch Tonight! Borrowed Future Streams FREE
    Don’t miss this! Borrowed Future: How Student Loans Are Killing The American Dream is streaming free on Dave Ramsey’s youtube channel tonight Monday, October 17th at 8pm EST. This movie normally costs $4.99 but is free tonight. You can watch and chat live during the event. I’ll be watching – hope you can too! See […]
  • DSST Remote Proctoring: Overview
    Homeschooling for College Credit students can take DSST exam remotely.
  • OnlineDegree(.)com
    These credits are NCCRS credits with limits on their transferability. Still, if your teen is turning or is already 18, these freebies are worth knowing about. NCCRS (The National College Credit Recommendation Service) is a third party credit evaluator that evaluates all types of learning that happens outside of a college. A company may market […]
  • Breaking News: DSST Exams now REMOTE!!
    Huge news, the exam brand DSST has announced their decision to allow all test takers to take their exams remotely. This was previously restricted to military only, but now it’s available to everyone. I am writing a full update about this to appear later this week. Read more at the DSST website: https://www.prometric.com/test-takers/search/dsst
  • Free or Discounted Tuition at Arizona State University
    Looking for free or discounted tuition options for Arizona State University? You’re in the right place! There are at least 3 ways to get 100% free tuition. Following is a list of current discounts that we are aware of
  • Borrowed Future Streams FREE on Monday!
    Don’t miss this! Borrowed Future: How Student Loans Are Killing The American Dream is streaming free on Dave Ramsey’s youtube channel this Monday, October 17th! This movie normally costs $4.99 but is free on Monday. You can watch and chat live during the event. I’ll be watching – hope you can too! See the trailer […]
  • 2 Free HS4CC Courses you can take TODAY
    For the parents! There is nothing I love more than teaching and helping parents bring college credit into their homeschool. For new HS4CC followers, you’ll want to take Homeschooling for College Credit: The Basics, and for those of you in the thick of things, my free 15 minute mini course on GPA calculation will help […]
  • HS4CC and Apprenticeship
    Apprenticeship is a combination of on the job learning tied with education in a formal way. Sometimes the education piece happens through a college (certificate or degree) which allows a HS4CC student to complete some or all of their related instruction while being homeschooled.
  • DIY Statistics Course for those who HATE Math
    I’ve only met a few people in real life who’ve taken Statistics, and of those who did, most told me that hated it. When I found out I needed 3 college credits in statistics to get into grad school, I was very nervous. I ended up DIYing a “course” for myself that prepared me to […]
  • Prior Learning Assessments (PLA)
    Credits of this type usually have very specific procedures to follow, limitations, or are part of a special relationship. This is a unique category for credit types that don’t fit well into the other groups. There’s no question that many people have earned college credit through Prior Learning Assessments -also sometimes called: learning portfolios or […]
  • HS4CC Class: Recording Dual Enrollment
    Dual enrollment is pretty common in 2022, but what do you need to know about including it on your teen’s high school transcript?In this class you’ll learn my 8 rules and guidelines for recording dual enrollment that don’t apply to other types of college credit like CLEP or AP.
  • Big Fall Bundle – on sale now
    Now through November 27th save over 50% off courses you love.
  • Free High School Planner: Outlier Courses
    Homeschooling for College Credit with Outlier courses
  •  MOOC (edX, Coursera, Hillsdale College, BYU
    Pronounced like the sound a cow makes “mooooks” Massive Open Online Courses (M.O.O.C.) Credits of this type usually have very specific procedures to follow, limitations, or are part of a special relationship. This is a unique category for credit types that don’t fit well into the other groups. The concept of a MOOC is simple: a […]
  • Review of National Portfolio Day 2022!
    A review of National Portfolio Day, which is a great way to meet with numerous art schools in a single day, and get valuable portfolio feedback from schools.
  • Live Q&A with Jennifer Tonight
    Have questions about your Homeschooling for College Credit situation? Join HS4CC Executive Director Jennifer Cook-DeRosa tonight from 5pm-6pm as she answers your questions in an open live format. The event is free but registration is required.
  • Parent Question: Besides the free GCU course, are there any free college courses right now?
    Answer: Yes! There are several free promos going on with colleges and companies across the country right now! In this post, I’ll share with you every resource I have for earning college credit TODAY for no cost.
  • TECEP®  Exams – Thomas Edison Credit by Exam Program
    Thomas Edison Credit by Exam Program Credits of this type usually have very specific procedures to follow, limitations, or are part of a special relationship. This is a unique category for credit types that don’t fit well into the other groups. A TECEP® is an exam developed by Thomas Edison State University (TESU) that awards […]
  • Associate Degrees through Outlier: Info Session Tonight (Tuesday)
    Outlier just launched 3 associate DEGREE options through a new partnership with Golden Gate University! Join in tonight and learn more about this program. 4pm EST
  • Outlier Scholarship: 100% off 1 Course
    Outlier is offering a free 100% off tuition on 1 course if you qualify for their Frontline Worker scholarship. If your teen is 13 or older and works a part-time job (restaurant, grocery store, childcare, healthcare, etc.) they may qualify.
  • Scholarships to apply for in October
    Did you know your teen can start applying for scholarships NOW that they might not need until next year (or the year after)? Yes! They can stockpile their awards. Here are scholarships they can apply for this month.
  • Christian Leaders College (for Transfer to Liberty University only)
    Christian Leaders College This is a unique type of college credit. Christian Leaders College is a for-profit unaccredited college that offers “free” courses that can be used towards a degree at Liberty University (a non-profit fully accredited university). The transfer program with Liberty is “why” this entry is on the HS4CC website, but it doesn’t […]
  • FREE Self-Paced Training and Exam Voucher from (ISC)²!
    FREE self paced cybersecurity training and FREE exam voucher ALERT! Free access to (ISC)2 self-paced training course and a FREE voucher for the Certified in Cybersecurity exam is available through the FREE Candidate membership level now offered by (ISC)².
  • Do You LOVE Outlier?
    Outlier courses have a lot to offer the Homeschooling for College Credit parent, and they are now offering 3 associate DEGREES through their new partnership with Golden Gate University! They are offering a free info session next week- register below.
  • Friday’s Zoom rescheduled due to Hurricane Ian
    Good morning! As you know, Hurricane Ian is really pounding the coast. I live in the Carolinas and expect the hurricane to hit my town later today. We are inland and expect to be safe, but it is highly likely that we will be without power later today and or this weekend. I am rescheduling […]
  • Celebrate!
    At the end of each month, I invite you to share your teen’s success! Did they take a CLEP test, sign up for their first college class, land an internship, or something else? We want to celebrate with you! Share below!!
  • Live Q&A Coming Friday
    I’m hosting a Live Q&A on Friday for 1 hour over Zoom! Have questions about how to earn college credit, use CLEPs, or register for dual enrollment? This is the event where you can get answers! Event date: Friday September 30, 2022 Event time: 5pm EST – 6pm EST Platform: Zoom Registration: free to attend, […]
  • What kind of College Credit Should You Earn?
    HS4CC Master List of College Credit 30 Ways to Earn College Credit Grouped into 5 Types MASTER LIST: Sorting through the types of college credit can be overwhelming. Most HS4CC families earn college credit from many sources in high school and then send those credits to their teen’s target college after high school. The key […]
  • Degree in High School?
    Whether or not to earn a degree IN high school (as opposed to after) is a real dilemma for many of our families! For some of you, you have access to free dual enrollment or state programs that make this an “easy” and “affordable” option, but others don’t have that access, so the decision includes […]
  • Live Q&A Coming Friday
    I’m hosting a Live Q&A on Friday for 1 hour over Zoom! Have questions about how to earn college credit, use CLEPs, or register for dual enrollment? This is the event where you can get answers! Event date: Friday September 30, 2022 Event time: 5pm EST – 6pm EST Platform: Zoom Registration: free to attend, […]
  • College on the Cheap: My New Podcast (Episode 1)
    Please join me with my long-time HS4CC moderator and college credit expert Shelley Cloutier as we embark on a new podcast COLLEGE ON THE CHEAP! College on the Cheap is a podcast for the college-bound who appreciate the value of a penny. Though we are both homeschooling parents, this podcast isn’t about homeschooling, it’s for […]
  • Membership Report
    Every now and again I love to share a membership report. As of today, we have just under 42,000 in our Facebook groups. If you’re not in your state group or one of our special groups, you may be missing valuable resources and encouragement.
  • NEW! ASU UL Courses in Architecture!
    We are pleased to announce 2 NEW Architecture courses coming to the HS4CC ASU UL portal in Spring 2023!
  • HS4CC at Selective Colleges?
    Highly selective colleges almost never award college credit from courses and exams you’ve earned in high school, but there are exceptions.
  • BREAKING NEWS: free CLT10 today only
    Today is the last day to register for our September 27 & 28 CLT10! This is a fantastic opportunity for 9th and 10th graders to begin prepping for college entrance exams and to see if they qualify for our $2,500 scholarship award. Many of our 2022 scholarship winners earned their qualifying score in the fall, so it’s never […]
  • Parent Question: Does College Board ever change the passing score needed?
    “Hello. I understand that colleges can change which CLEP exams they will accept every year. I was wondering if the College Board updates/changes the passing score for the CLEP exams?” What a wonderful question – I like where your thoughts are taking you, and I can’t wait to dig into this answer.
  • Dual Enrollment: Online or On Campus?
  • 2-Year Degrees: New HS4CC Class!
    Whether you want your teen ready for work or to save time and money on the path to a bachelor’s degree, 2-year degrees can help you get there. The key to a successful transfer is resourceful planning. In my new class I’ll teach you how to plan an associate’s degree for your homeschooled teen that […]
  • CLEP ProTip: Using Your REA Online Account
    REA Guides have long been the gold standard for CLEP test prep. Did you know about the hidden gem on their website?
  • Has Your Homeschooling for College Credit Program Gone too Far?
    I’ve always been a cheerleader for motivated parents of average students. Mainly because those are my people- that’s me. Deliberate and intentional homeschooling with average and sometimes apathetic kids. My kids don’t share my enthusiasm, but really, what could go wrong?
  • ASU UL: Parent Access & FERPA
    Homeschooling for College Credit with Arizona State University
  • Parent Question: SAT/ACT/CLT scores when you have college credit?
    My teen will have 24 college credits from high school. Will she still have to submit her SAT/ACT/CLT admissions scores when she goes to college, or will the college credit cover her?
  • 2 Ways to Calculate 1 High School Credit
    As a homeschooler, you have a lot of freedom to direct your teen’s learning, but one of the most common fears parents have is when it comes to calculating a high school credit. What exactly = 1 credit, and how can you be sure your teen is doing “enough” for you to count it? What […]
  • Taxed or Not?
    Following the student loan forgiveness measure that is going into effect right now- many ask whether or not that $10,000 / $20,000 payment will be taxed. In some states no, but in some states yes. Here’s the list:
  • Update: choose 1 Free Dual Enrollment Course to start in October
    3 dual enrollment updates: