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  • The HS4CC Course Catalog
    Summer is coming to an end and I’m making room for NEW courses this fall. If you haven’t had a chance to take the summer courses for parents, the time is now! The last day to enroll is August 26th – but you don’t have to take the class now. All 5 courses are self-paced […]
  • Law Shelf: How do you like it?
    Special thanks to Homeschooling for College Credit parent Amy S. (Michigan) for this excellent feedback about Law Shelf. Law Shelf is our newest college credit provider (NCCRS) that I just announced last month! The company has only a few partner colleges so far, but the classes are currently FREE which makes them an amazing high […]
  • PRO TIP: Scheduling Dual Enrollment
    If your teen is going to take classes through dual enrollment, you only have a few years to take advantage of that reduced tuition savings, so a simple schedule adjustment can make a big difference to your budget! In addition, you’re probably faced with the problem of figuring out how many college credits vs. high […]
  • GPA on Your Transcript: Ending Soon
    NOW through August 26,2022 you can take our free Short Course: GPA on Your Homeschool Transcript. This HS4CC Short Course (under 15 minutes) gives you a fast and easy to follow demo calculating your teen’s GPA in a weighted / unweighted format for their high school transcript. All of the summer courses go off line […]
  • Advising 101: Challenge Exams
    Welcome to Advising 101. In this series, we’ll highlight a key concept each week that will help YOU become your teen’s best high school guidance counselor. For Homeschooling for College Credit parents, this series will help you navigate resourceful high school planning with skill and confidence.
  • Find College Credit: Exercise Science
    Looking for college credit in Exercise Science? We have a list!
  • NEW ASU UL Speech Course: COM 225 Public Speaking
    ASU’s Universal Learner Program has added a new Physics course to their lineup. See how this course might fit into your degree plan and homeschool journey.
  • HS4CC Kindle to be Discontinued
    With mixed emotions I am announcing that the last day to purchase the Kindle version of Homeschooling for College Credit is September 5th, 2022. It will not be renewed or republished and will go out of print. The paperback will remain, this only applies to the Kindle version.
  • Announcing: $3050 HS4CC scholarship for students who attend GCU
    Is your student planning to attend Grand Canyon University after high school? If so, you’ll be excited to know about the Homeschooling for College Credit scholarship available through our ALPHA partnership with GCU!! Your student will receive an automatic scholarship of $3,050 per year through this partnership.
  • Fortune Telling
    Are you a fortune teller or do you just have really good instincts about college admissions?
  • HS4CC The Basics
    Does Homeschooling for College Credit feel overwhelming? In this free mini-course you’ll be be ready to get started in about an hour. This encouraging course covers the most important aspects of earning college credit in high school, and is especially for the homeschooling family. Featured Course: HS4CC The Basics Why getting out of college is […]
  • Advising 101: Matriculation
    Welcome to Advising 101. In this series, we’ll highlight a key concept each week that will help YOU become your teen’s best high school guidance counselor. For Homeschooling for College Credit parents, this series will help you navigate resourceful high school planning with skill and confidence.
  • Celebrate July!!
    Did your teen earn college credit this month? Did they enroll in their first college class? Did they graduate high school or even COLLEGE? If something cool happened this month, share below so we an celebrate with you!
  • TWO Poetry in America Courses for HS4CC Portal Students Only!
    “Poetry in America” exclusively for Homeschooling for College Credit community!
  • College Credit by Exam
    One of my favorites- you study independently using whatever resources you like, and when you’ve learned the content, you take the test. Colleges differ in which exam programs they participate in as well as the number of credits awarded or passing score, but the details are less important than the opportunity. A good strategy is […]
  • FAFSA Simplification Act (short version)
    Effective July 1, 2023 there are MANY big changes happening to the financial aid process. I’ve highlighted the most important things you need to know and when you need to deal with them.
  • New Alternative College Credit Provider: Law Shelf
    Law Shelf courses are completely free! You only pay if you want to take the final, proctored exam. The exam costs $35 and is required if you want college credit for the course. If you don’t take the exam or your target college won’t award college credit, you can still award high school credit on […]
  • Associate Degree Course
    Did you know? We have a new Summer Catalog of HS4CC courses!! The Summer Catalog is OPEN NOW- August 26,2022. Featured Course: Associate Degrees in High School Is it to your teen’s advantage to earn an associate degree in high school? I’ll share the most important factors to consider when you’re trying to decide whether […]
  • Advising 101: Residency Requirement
    Welcome to Advising 101. In this series, we’ll highlight a key concept each week that will help YOU become your teen’s best high school guidance counselor. For Homeschooling for College Credit parents, this series will help you navigate resourceful high school planning with skill and confidence.
  • Find College Credit: Agriculture / Agribusiness
    Looking for college credit in Agriculture & Agribusiness? We have a list!
  • Studycom for College Credit (or not)
    If you’re using Studycom in your homeschool, there are three important things you have to do in order to make sure your teen gets college credit – missing one means not getting the credit you expected.
  • High School Reading List Ideas
    Most of this high school reading list is from Ivy Global’s recommendation for SAT readiness. I like it as a sample to see what “other” high school students might be reading and get an idea of how my son’s books compare- not as a recipe of what my boys need to learn. As a HS4CC […]
  • BREAKING NEWS: U.S. closes Eastern Gateway’s free union program
    Many of you have sons or daughters who have taken advantage of the free associate degree available through Eastern Gateway (Ohio). This degree was for anyone who had a family member in the union, and it was hugely popular. They awarded 47,000 degrees in the few years it was open, and I’ve not only posted […]
  • HS4CC Cheapest Dual Enrollment List
    Yesterday’s new list didn’t attach properly to my post- I’m so sorry!! I think I’ve fixed it, thank you for your patience as we try this again! Looking for dual enrollment classes that won’t break the bank? My new list has the cheapest of the cheap! These are real college CLASSES (not ACE or credit […]
  • Passed Modern States: Now What?
    In this post, you’ll see what happens immediately after your teen passes their Modern States prep course. Modern States prep courses are the free online courses you take that award vouchers to take your CLEP exam for free! These vouchers are essential at helping you keep your college credit costs to a minimum.
  • The Transcript Intensive Class is Back!
    Did you know? This course is NOW AVAILABLE as in the Summer Catalog! This class is available on demand in a self-paced version NOW- August 26,2022. The Transcript Intensive Topics Include: What is a transcript? What is it not? Homeschool record keeping Sending transcripts to college Where does a transcript come from? What to put […]
  • NEW ASU UL Courses for Fall 2022 and beyond!
    NEW 2022-2023 Arizona State University’s Universal Learner Courses being added to the portal! Self-paced English Comp 1 returns! A new lineup of Organizational Leadership courses, some upper-level! AND…..a Statistics course is coming in 2023!!
  • Find College Credit: Early Childhood Development
    Looking for college credit in Early Childhood Development? We have a list!
  • Math and Perfectionism
    Math and Perfectionism are a vicious combination that leads students to mistakenly believe they’re “bad at math” – but why do we set the bar higher for ourselves, as a math student, than the best and brightest minds who put a man on the moon? Maybe it’s time to for a new perspective.
  • HS4CC Fallacy: Labeling
    If your teen is studying Psychology or Logic, you may have explored certain fallacies or beliefs that we succumb to from time to time. This post explores Homeschooling for College Credit fallacies that may happen to YOU! You’re probably oversimplifying (and overcomplicating things) if you catch yourself saying labeling complex decisions with simple labels like […]
  • Safety First!
    Teens who attend their “reach” college (where they are just barely accepted) instead of their “safety” college (where they are a top candidate) don’t do as well. If your goal is to impress the neighbors, reach all day. But, if you want them to graduate AND take on the world, you need to flip the […]
  • Parent Q: Why Omit “CLEP” from the Transcript?
    HS4CC Parent Olivia asks “Hi Jennifer, I can’t thank you enough for the information you provide to help other homeschoolers navigate the pre-college years! I was wondering why you encourage parents not to include the word “CLEP” on a high school transcript. I’ve read elsewhere suggestions on HOW to include CLEP, so I was curious […]
  • The HS4CC Transcript Template Build
    Did you know? We have a Summer Catalog of HS4CC courses!! The Summer Catalog is OPEN NOW- August 26,2022. Featured Course: The HS4CC Transcript Template Build This HS4CC Course (under 30 minutes) teaches you my fast and easy method to build a perfect template for your high school transcript. Lots of samples included. The Summer […]
  • College without an Application
    This was in my inbox today. It’s a daily newsletter written by higher ed. professionals that goes out to higher ed. professions (in other words- NOT the general public). Let’s talk about admissions…. sure the content of the article is interesting, but look beyond that.
  • High School Planning for DE
    A Florida HS4CC parent asks “how do I schedule High School if we plan to dual enroll for 11ᵗʰ and 12ᵗʰ grade? If, for example, we plan to have them take history (or whatever subject) at the community college in a couple of years, one semester of history is equal to a full high-school year? […]
  • Colleges are Updating their Catalogs!
    It’s that time of year again! Colleges are updating their academic and student catalogs. You can expect to observe changes in dual enrollment policy, CLEP, tuition, AP, admissions, SAT, etc. While it’s true that colleges “can” make changes anytime, this is the most popular time because all the changes are published at the same time. […]
  • Find College Credit: American Sign Language
    Looking for college credit in ASL? We have a list!
  • SSN on High School Transcript
    HS4CC recommendation is to only provide the last 4 digits of your teen’s Social Security Number on their high school transcript. Why? Keep reading.
  • What should I do?
  • Parent Question: Using CLEP for an Associates Degree
    Kelley asks “A question that’s been buzzing around my head… Can the CLEP credits a student earns be used towards an associates degree at the local community college? Their website does list what CLEP is accepted, does it matter/apply if the student is dual enrollment? The local community college has guaranteed acceptance at local universities […]
  • Free Troy Classes: Use Caution
    My inbox has been bombarded with excitement about the 2 free college classes being offered by Troy University. If you want to use the classes for high school credit, no problem, but for college credit you might run into a problem.
  • GPA on Your Transcript
    Did you know? We have a new Summer Catalog of HS4CC courses!! The Summer Catalog is OPEN NOW- August 26,2022. Featured Course: GPA on Your Homeschool Transcript This new HS4CC Short Course (under 15 minutes) gives you a fast and easy to follow demo calculating your teen’s GPA in a weighted / unweighted format for […]
  • Free DE offered by Husson University
    Husson University in Maine (yes, regionally accredited) allows homeschooled 11th and 12th grade high school students to take 2 free online college courses per semester! You’ll want to complete your paperwork now so you are ready for fall registration. Students from ANY STATE except California can participate.
  • Find College Credit: Culinary & Hospitality
    Looking for college credit in culinary and hospitality? We have a list!
  • College Composition CLEP
    If your college accepts this exam for credit, expect it to replace English 101 and the more generous colleges will allow it to replace a second English as well. What’s on the test? 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 55 minutes 2 essays to be written in 70 minutes You have to pass both […]
  • HS4CC Fallacy: Exaggerated Thinking
    If your teen is studying Psychology or Logic, you may have explored certain fallacies or beliefs that we succumb to from time to time. This post explores Homeschooling for College Credit fallacies that may happen to YOU! You’re probably experiencing exaggerated thinking if you catch yourself saying, “My teen will never___ if they don’t___!”
  • Celebrate June!!
    Did your teen earn college credit this month? Did they enroll in their first college class? Did they graduate high school or even COLLEGE? If something cool happened this month, share below so we an celebrate with you!
  • Parent Question: How to Start?
    “I’m looking for advice. Which programs did you use to acquire college credits? Did you do online college? CLEP exams? Did you do 1 class per semester while also doing “normal work”, full semester at an online school? I’m so confused!” -Lauren N. HS4CC Parent in New York
  • It’s Back! The Transcript Intensive!!
    Did you know? This course is NOW AVAILABLE as in the Summer Catalog! This class is available on demand in a self-paced version NOW- August 26,2022. The Transcript Intensive Topics Include: What is a transcript? What is it not? Homeschool record keeping Sending transcripts to college Where does a transcript come from? What to put […]
  • Under age 13? CLEP and AP are still options.
    The U.S. Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires website operators to obtain parent or guardian consent before collecting personal information from children under 13 years of age. That’s no problem, once you get the form on file, your tween is good to go!
  • Find College Credit: Business
    Looking for college credit in Business? We have a list!
  • New Here? This post is for you!
    Welcome Welcome!! Earning college credit in high school helps thousands of parents make college a reality for their family. Before high school graduation, college credits are generally very affordable- some are even free, so you can save significant money when you start early! Teens of every ability level can earn college credit, your teen doesn’t […]
  • HS4CC Celebrate Together
    For those of you without Facebook, I wanted to share some of the encouraging wins posted to the main page this past month! Someday we’ll do the math, but I’m pretty sure this community has saved over a million dollars in college tuition!
  • HS4CC Discount!
    Website “Who I am Becoming” is offering a summer promotion discount code: summerhs4ccand they are also running a “Making a Life” fall homeschool promotion: fallhs4cc
  • Aurek the Opportunist
    HS4CC dad Gordon F. gets honest about how his son earned college credits, what it cost, why they chose the college they did, and how their boy graduated with his associate degree this month!
  • Associate Degree Course
    Did you know? We have a new Summer Catalog of HS4CC courses!! The Summer Catalog is OPEN NOW- August 26,2022. Featured Course: Associate Degrees in High School Is it to your teen’s advantage to earn an associate degree in high school? I’ll share the most important factors to consider when you’re trying to decide whether […]
  • Parent Question: Modern States for AP?
    We’d like my daughter to take AP Biology next year. She can do it either through SC Virtual or through Modern States. Modern States probably offers higher quality and certainly offers more flexibility, what do you think?
  • Find College Credit: Sociology
    Looking for college credit in Sociology? We have a list!
  • Too much CLEP? Never!
  • Parent Question: We live out side the USA, how can we earn college credit?
    What do you recommend as the best way to research options/tackle dual credit as Americans living out of the US? Our daughter is homeschooling and will attend college in the USA, but right now we live abroad. I’m not sure of the how to figure out our options as they won’t be related to living […]
  • Walls & Windows
  • Movie & Review: The Homeschool Awakening
    As promised, this is my review following the film The Homeschool Awakening. (my post from 6/14/2022) With apologies for not knowing who, one of our HS4CC families is being featured in this movie. This Christian movie is playing nationwide in Fandango theaters TONIGHT at 7pm (and last night- oops, sorry!). I’m planning to see it […]
  • Excelsior’s UExcel Exams Discontinued
    The last day to register for an Excelsior College UExcel exam is June 30, 2022. No word as to whether or not a new exam product is being developed. Updates to follow as they roll out. Excelsior College will no longer offer UExcel exams after the Summer 2022 trimester. If you are interested in taking […]
  • Parent question: Do I need to write course descriptions?
    Do I need to write course descriptions? Is this necessary, or just an exercise in creating more work on the Chief Administrator/parent?  
  • 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.
  • Your HS4CC Transcript Template
    Tools you can use! This HS4CC Course (under 30 minutes) teaches you a fast and easy method to build a perfect template for a high school transcript. Lots of samples included. Look for more new courses being added each month!
  • Find College Credit: Spanish
    Looking for college credit in Spanish? We have a list!
  • Facebook Group Policy Change
    Announcement: The ambassador affiliate program through Studycom pays people each time they post the name Study(dot)com on a website, blog, Facebook page, etc. You can imagine how casually these links can be shared because it’s *literally* their name. If that company is a favorite of yours, and you love to share to others, that is […]
  • AP REA Guides: Online and FREE!
    You already know how much I love REA Guides for CLEP, but did you know you can use REA guides from their AP collection to study for CLEP, DSST, TECEP, UExcel, and other credit by exam products?
  • Parent Question: Publication date or copyright?
    “You posted recently about CLEP tests undergoing revisions and how to know what REA book to purchase in order to align with the current test. I need a further clarification.”
  • Parent question: When can my teen start earning college credit?
    When can a student begin to earn college credit? Some say 9th grade, others day 10th grade … the process seems a bit unclear. Does it depend on whether the student is using the Advanced Placement model, CLEP process, or community college process? Does it depend on what community college the student decides to attend?  How does the student prove […]
  • GPA on Your Transcript
    Tools you can use! This new HS4CC Short Course (under 15 minutes) gives you a fast and easy to follow demo calculating your teen’s GPA in a weighted / unweighted format for their high school transcript. Look for more courses added each month!
  • HS4CC–> BS Degree at 17
    Shared with deep gratitude to Misti our HS4CC Kentucky moderator, for her willingness to share her 17 year old daughter’s amazing story of finishing her BS at Liberty University!
  • Find College Credit: Psychology
    Looking for college credit in Psychology? We have a list!
  • CLEP World Languages
    LOTS of college credit from 1 short exam.
  • “Testing in” vs “Testing out”
    One saves you time and money, while the other saves neither. Do you know the difference?
  • Scholarships in 9th grade? Yes!
    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.
  • BREAKING NEWS: CSM Learn is now SeeMore Impact Labs!
    CSM Learn (ACE evaluated) is now SeeMore Impact Labs
  • Parent Question: How do I show 2 colleges on our high school transcript?
    Can my student be enrolled in two different community colleges? If so, how does this translate to a high school transcript? My goal is to see that, whatever path she chooses, she will be set up for success. 
  • May Celebration!
    We want to hear your wins!  Did your teen earn college credit this month?  Did they graduate high school?  Did they earn a degree? May usually has some really amazing stories! I can’t wait to hear yours!!
  • COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: HS4CC
    Thank you to Sabrina for alerting me to the copyright infringement of Homeschooling for College Credit! The e-book was pirated immediately after published, but the PAPERBACK version was stolen and is now being published under a fake name. If you have this version, PLEASE follow the instructions below.
  • Celebrity Professors
    I read an interesting article about Professor Spike Lee (yes, Academy Award Winner is also a professor at New York University). This got me wondering… are there celebrities who teach dual enrollment courses?
  • Find College Credit: Political Science
    Looking for college credit in Political Science? We have a list!
  • DSST Prep Guides: Online and FREE!
    DSST, the “other” CLEP test, offers several other exams you can use to add to your CLEP schedule. If you’re thinking about DSST tests, you’ll really love this resource for several free DSST prep guides!
  • Homeschool Students Become Entrepreneurs
    Thank you to homeschooling parent Francia from Texas for allowing me to share both her son’s Homeschooling for College Credit success stories! These young men are graduating high school with their diploma, degree, and starting their own business!
  • A 5th Straight Semester of Enrollment Declines
    New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show total enrollment declined 4.1 percent since last spring. Community colleges are once again the sector hit the hardest.
  • 2 Sons Graduating
    We’ve had so many great stories to share this month! When you Homeschool for College Credit, you bring the goal post closer. Many families have sent me graduation stories that help us all appreciate resourceful high school planning at its best.
  • New Here? This post is for you!
    Welcome Welcome!! Earning college credit in high school helps thousands of parents make college a reality for their family. Before high school graduation, college credits are generally very affordable- some are even free, so you can save significant money when you start early! Teens of every ability level can earn college credit, your teen doesn’t […]
  • CLEP Score: What’s an A? B? C?
    Though CLEP exams don’t generate a letter grade at your college, it feels good to know what grade it might have been if it were assigned a letter grade. This table tells you.
  • Demoted to Elective
    Did your teen have a dual enrollment class later demoted to an “elective” at their target college? If you’re upset, I have 3 reasons you should reconsider your anger.
  • Find College Credit: Marketing
    Looking for college credit in Marketing? We have a list!
  • CLEP of the Month Club – coming soon!
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  • CLEP Scores: FAQ
    Let’s talk about CLEP scores and what you need to know.
  • Scholarships Still Open: Apply Now!
    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.
  • Summer Break – Live Class Hiatus
    Did you know, Homeschooling for College Credit has offered 60 free and affordable LIVE classes to you this year!? The best thing that came out of COVID for me was adding Zoom to the list of tools that allow me to bring you new resources.
  • 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 […]
  • Parent Question: College Science with Lab Grade?
    How does the grading system work for a science linked with a lab? Are they graded separately or together?
  • Parent Question: What ID does my daughter need for CLEP?
    HS4CC parent Becky asks “I have a CLEP question. What ID does my daughter need? What ID can I get for her the fastest?” This is really 2 questions, but let’s answer them both!
  • Nearly full – 2 days left
    Transcript Intensive Workshop
  • Find College Credit: Finance
    Looking for college credit in Finance? We have a list!