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College and Life After Homeschooling

What about college?

Homeschooled students are welcomed in many institutions of higher learning throughout the country, ranging from local community colleges to Ivy League universities. Most of these institutions value ability and attitude over formal transcripts, diplomas, GEDs, or SAT scores. Colleges place a premium on the life experiences that our kids have been involved in, as well as their community involvement.

"The Door is Open" by Earl Gary Stevens

As children grow into their teens, some families worry that continuing with home education might be closing the door to college. They wonder if independent learning is more suitable for little kids than for teenagers and perhaps not very practical as a prelude to college admission. While college may not be the best choice for every person, none of us wants to eliminate the option for our children…" http://homelearningvictoria.blogspot.com/2010/08/earl-gary-stevens-on-post-secondary.html

Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ
Every year homeschoolers are admitted to hundreds of colleges in at least five countries. Those who prepare thoroughly can be admitted with full scholarships at those selective colleges that some parents daydream about their children attending…
http://learninfreedom.org/colleges_4_hmsc.html

College Without High School Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook Paying for College Without Going Broke
College Without High School
Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook
Paying for College Without Going Broke

http://www.ahem.info/JournalofCollegeAdmission.html

http://www.ahem.info/HighSchoolDiplomas.html

"The GED Option" by Karen Kirkwood, (Home Education Magazine)

http://www.ahem.info/ScholarshipsandFinancialAid.html

http://www.nebhe.org/programs-overview/rsp-tuition-break/overview/

College Confidential

http://www.collegeconfidential.com/ Here you'll find hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and much more. You'll also find professional college consulting services, and the Web's busiest discussion community related to college admissions!

Homeschool to College Yahoo group

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool2college/

Homeschooling toward College Yahoo group

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hs2coll/

Test codes for homeschoolers:

SAT: 970000 College Board http://www.collegeboard.com/splash
ACT: 969-999 American College Testing Program http://www.act.org/

Alternatives to College

It should be noted that college is not necessarily the only, or even the best route for every young person. Going to college without a clear idea of what you expect to gain from it can be a very expensive form of self-discovery. The decision to forgo college is never irrevocable; most institutions highly value older students, since they are usually enthusiastic and focused on learning. Some homeschoolers choose an apprenticeship as a faster and more satisfying entry into their adult lives.

Zero Tuition College

Online community of self-directed learners who educate themselves without college

Massachusetts Employment Permit Application for 14 through 17 Year-Olds


Interim Programs

Ideas for a "gap" year.

I Don't Want to Go to College The Uncollege Alternative The New Global Student
I Don't Want to Go to
College by Heather Hutchins
The Uncollege Alternative
The New Global Student

When Are We Done?

"Are We Done Yet?" by Ann Zeise

For homeschool families who choose not to go through an organized program or curriculum, coming to the point of saying, "Yes, we're done and we're going to graduate our teen from high school," is not an easy task.
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/articles/040705.htm

Grown Ups!

The Grown Unschooler Opportunity Network

Do you have an opportunity (work, volunteer, travel, or other) to offer to grown unschoolers, age 18 to 20-something? Are you a grown unschooler seeking an opportunity? You’ve found the right place!

Where are they now? Grown homeschoolers compose a small but delightful community. Ten grown homeschoolers are featured in the Grown Without Schooling documentary. More grown homeschoolers, as well as teens and homeschooling resources, may be found within the links on the page below.
http://www.grownwithoutschooling.com/gwscommunity.php

Links to Grown Homeschoolers Websites