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College Dreams for Financially Frail Homeschoolers

April 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 201

True confession - my husband and I did not do a great job planning financially for college. What I mean by that is that we hadn't saved any money - or at least not nearly what you need for room and board, let alone tuition. We needed a big scholarship - a REALLY big scholarship.

When you need a big scholarship, you really want to exceed a regular college prep plan and try to take some more intense classes. Try to take some challenging AP or CLEP exams. Whatever you do, you have to make sure that you cover the core classes and basics in all areas. Make sure that when it says that math - three to four years, then you are covering math three to four years. But at the same time, you want to try to exceed the maximum requirements when you can.

Another thing you can do is make sure that you include all of their early high school credits which demonstrates that they have achieved beyond the recommended amount. There were certain areas that we were able to exceed without making it seem like it was really hard work.

Let's imagine for example that you are the homeschool parent of a budding scholar-athlete, but you are not convinced that a full-ride athletic scholarship is in his or her future. You will want to make sure that your student covers the maximum suggestions of English, math, and social studies, and that he has four years of those. But then he's also going to try to have four years of science and when it comes to that P.E. section, he may have six credits of P.E. because he's playing baseball and swimming during the same year.

For my own children, we did meet the normal academic requirements but my children really loved the social sciences. My younger son had many years of economics, not just a quarter. I don't remember how many he ended up with, but it was probably six or seven credits in social studies. He studied economics all the time for fun, and he also exceeded the fine arts credits because he took piano every year.

Neither one of those things was hard for him, that was something he really enjoyed doing.In this way he exceeded the minimum and showed that he was passionately interested in a very interesting academic subject.

I can't overstress the importance of having an area of passionate interest when it comes to winning the big merit based scholarships. In fact, failing to encourage a student's passionate interest is one of "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School." Learn how to avoid all 5 mistakes in my free e-mail mini-course.

My Total Transcript Solution will show you how to create an AMAZING homeschool transcript that will impress the colleges! Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, is a homeschool high school expert. Both her two boys earned full-tuition scholarships at their first choice university.

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