College Preparation

Your guide to helping your son or daughter transition from homeschooling to college.

Choosing a College: Where to Begin

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Choosing a college for any high school student can seem overwhelming.

Homeschool students that have received a non-traditional education may feel a bit apprehensive going from a home-based learning environment to a large university.

Some homeschool students take a few courses at a local community college as a first step into the college experience.

On the other hand, many home school students start college prep in middle school and adapt extremely well to the college life especially if they do more independent-type study homeschooling for their high school curriculum.

College Application Tips

Applying to college as a homeschool student is a unique situation and can be time consuming so it is a good idea to start early.

Here are some college application tips for home school students:

1. Start the application process early

2. Meet with a licensed Christian homeschool counselor

3. Take a prep course for the SAT/ACT because these scores are especially important for homeschool applicants

4. Contact your state homeschool agencies for community contacts and resources for college bound homeschool students


Paying for College

Homeschool students have the beauty of creating their own schedules which allows time to work and travel.

When it comes to paying for college, there are many creative options.

Dual enrollment is an option while the student is still in high school and living at home.

Another option is to work and go to school. Many organizations offer scholarships and grants for homeschool students.

Building Good Study Habits

One of the bonuses of being homeschooled is the ability to learn at your own pace.

Research shows that homeschool students often have better study habits because they are in control of their learning environment.

As they approach high school, many of the courses are independent study which also helps create good study habits.

College Preparation Resources

College Applications: Things to Know

You and your student might not be anywhere close to deciding on a college yet. Perhaps you haven’t decided if he wants to go to college at all! That’s perfectly fine; junior year is a time of preparation more than it is a season of decision. Since you’re in the preparation process, here are some things to know about college applications.

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Why Extracurricular Activities Matter

Drama group, swimming, gymnastics, debate: how do these activities contribute to a student’s academic transcript? More than you think! While colleges will first take into account a student’s tests scores and grades, extracurricular activities provide a complete picture of who the student is and where he’s headed academically.

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Checking In With Your Degree Completion Plan

By now you may be very well acquainted with your student’s degree completion plan (DCP): the list of classes required for his intended major(s). These plans are available on any college’s website or through their admission office. Within it is listed general education courses (100-200 level courses you can CLEP or dual enroll prior to university) and your major-specific courses (300-400 level courses in a specific area of study).

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Does That Awana Award Matter?

Homeschooling grants students an incredible opportunity to impact their community. The freedom of a homeschooling schedule allows homeschoolers to do much more with their time than the standard student. Because of this, many homeschoolers graduate high school with both a diploma and an extensive resume.

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What is the FAFSA?

If your student is college bound, “FAFSA” will soon become part of your vocabulary. FAFSA is an acronym for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid: a form filled out by families of college-bound students. This form helps the federal government estimate ho w much financial aid your student is eligible to receive. Eligibility for the Pell Grant and Stafford loans is determined by filing the FAFSA. Some colleges require the FAFSA before students qualify for any scholarships from their institution.

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What to Expect When It Comes to Testing

Standardized testing: It’s every homeschool parent’s favorite topic… or not! Your ninth grader may not have the ACT or SAT on her radar right now, but that is precisely why this is the best time to prepare. Students who know what to expect on standardized tests are far less likely to be intimidated by them – and far more likely to achieve high scores.

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CLEP, AP, and the PSAT

A few months ago we talked about dual enrollment: a fantastic way to save time and money for your student’s college education. (If you haven’t already signed up for a class or two, pick up your local community college catalog or check out the possibilities for online dual credit!) But dual enrollment isn’t the only way to save time and money for college. In this email, we’ll discuss three alternatives that – when used alone or in conjunction with dual enrollment – can help your student achieve her college dreams without the usual time and expense.

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The Truth About Financial Aid

Last month we talked about avoiding college debt. Financial aid is a big part of that conversation, but what exactly is financial aid? Many families who have not yet sent a child to college – or who didn’t attend college themselves – are prone to think financial aid is solely made up of scholarships. When colleges advertise, “6.1 million in financial aid!”, they aren’t sharing the whole picture.

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How to Choose a Major

If you’ve started applying for scholarships already, you may have noticed that some scholarship applications are already asking your student to indicate a major of study. But not many sixteen-year-olds have a firm grasp on what they want to do with the rest of their lives! It’s completely normal for your high school student to delay choosing a major as she explores her interests and passions. However, it’s also helpful to have a general direction for her academic path. Choosing a major starts in high school, and narrowing down potential careers is easier than you’d think.

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Tutors, Testing, and the Tenth Grade Year

When I was being homeschooled the first month of the fall semester was my favorite time of the year. My books were new, the leaves were changing, and I couldn’t wait to tackle the list of books assigned for that semester! It might not feel like fall quite yet, but chances are your family is back to school after your summer break – ready to tackle another year of learning!

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Big Picture Planning

If there’s one thing homeschool parents view with trepidation, it’s the transition from middle to high school. This season contains a whole new level of accountability and pressure as your child enters his ninth grade year. The grades he achieves, the tests he takes, and the transcript he compiles has the power to determine future decisions about college and career. It’s no wonder parents are nervous about homeschooling the high school years!

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The Skinny on College Debt

Do you have to go into debt to attend college? Many people say you do. A quick glance at the finances of most recent college graduates would further prove their point: Debt is normal, even unavoidable, in today’s college culture. But is this entirely true?

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The Importance of Study Skills

The fall term is only a few weeks away, and your junior is already nervous. Between standardized tests, dual credit classes, and his normal homeschool workload, this year is shaping up to be a lot of work! Well, here’s some great news to alleviate those nerves: incorporating study skills into your homeschool routine will help your student not only retain all the information he’s learning, but increase his chances of high test scores and a great GPA. Here are some study skills to start working on this month:

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How’s It Going?

Senior year is just around the corner. Where has the time gone? Twelfth grade is the culmination of these years of hard work, discipleship, and patience. And at the end of this year, a homeschool graduate will stand before your family.

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Getting a Jump on Testing

It’s midsummer and the season of barbecues, pool days, and sunscreen – the last thing you may want to think about is standardized testing! Though not the most thrilling of subjects, now is the time to consider how your student will begin the intentional preparation that will equip him for the SAT and ACT.

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Transitioning from Homeschool to College

Often times homeschool students are more prepared academically than their traditional high school student counterparts.

Getting involved in community activities during middle school and high school can help with the social aspect of learning to get along with many different types of people.

Taking classes at a community college can help bridge the gap from homeschool to college.

Another option is to take one campus class and one online class as a hybrid approach.

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Got Study Skills

Speaker: Mark Pruitt You’re not as prepared as you think you are. Learn how to dominate your classes and still have an awesome college experience.…

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How Home Education Prepared Me for Public Office

Sarah Fowler is the first homeschool graduate to serve on a State Board of Education. In this session she will be exploring key education experiences that prepared her for service in state government and how the lack of training in these areas has undermined the ministry and service of others. Sarah will explore the benefits of Christian mentorship in her personal and spiritual development and share how she has reciprocated by mentoring young people as well.

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What’s the Matter? The Answer to High School Chemistry

At this workshop we will address the issues and concerns that parents have regarding homeschool high school chemistry. Questions like: “Will the chemistry course I decide on prepare my child for the rigor and structure of college chemistry? What should we do about lab experiments, chemicals and lab equipment? It’s been 25 years since I took chemistry, does anybody know a teacher that would be willing to help in teaching my child, even for one or two times a week? If I buy a chemistry teacher’s edition and a workbook with answers, will that be good enough?” This session will answer questions like these and many more!

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Embracing the Caterpillar: Integrating as a Homeschooled Adult

Being homeschooled “all the way through” in today’s world makes you distinct. While every Christian has to learn how to “be in the world but not of”, sometimes as a homeschool alumni, it’s hard to know which world it is that you inhabit. “Homeschool lifer” Danielle shares which unique bumps in the road she’s faced, what has helped make her transition to “adulthood” easier for her & her family, and how her homeschooled identity helps her navigate in life.

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Gap Year with a Purpose

A popular trend recently has been to take a year off after high school, calling it a “gap year.” Many students see this as an opportunity to take a break and relax. However, there are also many students who take this year to set a foundation for the rest of their lives. This session will discuss the importance of that foundation and how a student can effectively take a Gap Year with a Purpose.

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Q&A with Homeschool College Fair Panel

The Homeschool College Fair Panel answers questions from parents who are preparing to launch their high school student to college. Listen Now Download this…

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5 Most Common Misunderstandings about College: What You Don’t Know Will Cost You

The college landscape has changed significantly over the last five years, and families today have more options than ever when it comes to pursuing a college degree. However, as stewards of God’s greatest gifts to us, our children, how can we make wise choices? With over 50 combined years of higher education experience, we are positioned to help you make the most of your options and avoid common mistakes.

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How to Select a College and Prepare Your Student to not just Survive but Thrive.

Over 50% of students walk away from the church during their first two years of college. In this
session, Dr. Thomas White, Cedarville University President, theology professor, published
author, and homeschool dad will present straight forward truth and insider tips from almost 20
years in higher education leadership. Topics addressed will include: how to determine what a
school really teaches; tips for the application process and scholarships; and preparing your
student spiritually to not just survive but thrive in college.

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What You Need to Know about Private vs. Public Colleges and How to Pay for It

Home school mom and daughter, Marcia and Lila Castellano, are from Byron, Georgia. Marcia has home schooled for over 25 years and her four children graduated from college debt free. Her daughter, Lila, is a transfer enrollment counselor at Charleston Southern University while studying in the MBA Organizational Leadership program. “We are here to share from the parent and college perspectives about how to prepare for college and make the best choice for you. I wish I knew what I know now about financial aid and college admissions when I made my decisions!” –Lila

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Home School to Graduate School via World Missions

The 4-5 years and high cost of traditional college often impedes Great Commission obedience. This need not occur: the foreign language and cross-cultural skills needed to minster the Gospel to unreached peoples also comprise the core of a liberal arts degree. Learn how, via credit-by-exam and portfolio assessment, engaging in Christian missions can yield both a B.A. degree and foster an agenda for graduate school.

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Should You Homeschool High School?

Reason together with high school homeschoolers and their parents. Look at reasons for homeschooling high school! Classical Conversations exists to aid parents in their pursuit of a high quality, doable, classical education in an environment where the purpose is the know God and make Him known from tots through teens.

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From Gamers to Programmers: Leading our Digital Youth to Successful Careers

So.. you’ve got a gamer? Don’t worry! Come hear the facts, and dispel some myths, about our children and the digital culture they live in. We help parents understand how they can embrace technology and use it to lead our children into awesome careers. Learn about the similarities between our kids today and our childhoods 20-40 years ago. Yes, they are actually pretty similar. In addition, learn about the many areas of interest our kids have, just like when we were growing up, that we need to nurture. The only difference is…. they do it digitally. So come explore the world our children are growing up in and learn how to use it as an awesome tool for guiding them to successful, happy careers/lives.

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Gap Year with a Purpose

A popular trend recently has been to take a year off after high school, calling it a “gap year.” Many students see this as an opportunity to take a break and relax. However, there are also many students who take this year to set a foundation for the rest of their lives. This session will discuss the importance of that foundation and how a student can effectively take a Gap Year with a Purpose.

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Homeschool College Q&A

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