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Are Colleges Challenging Your Child's Homeschooling?

Mrs. Lawson called the office of the Center for Homeschool Liberty on behalf of her daughter, who had just completed a rigorous, four-year high school program at home and was now applying to colleges.

The first college she applied to wouldn't take her application unless she could prove that she had taken the GED exam. After completing a high school curriculum that included calculus and advanced chemistry, Mrs. Lawson felt that having to take the GED would be a step backward for her daughter. Mrs. Lawson then called the Center for Homeschool Liberty to see if anything could be done.

We promptly contacted the school and heard their objections. Then, we pointed them to 20 U.S.C. § 1091(d) that reads as follows:

(d) Students who are not high school graduates:

In order for a student who does not have a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such certificate, to be eligible for any assistance under subparts 1, 3, and 4 of part A and parts B, C, and D of this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, the student shall have completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law.

Under this statute, if a student has completed a homeschool program that complies with state law—the student is eligible for federal financial aid. By analogy, if a homeschooled student is legally eligible for financial aid, her credentials should be given the same recognition in terms of school admissions. In general, admissions directors are receptive to this argument and have allowed the homeschooled student to attend.

What if a particular college asks for more information in order to assess the applicant? This may be reasonable under the law. In other words, a student with a B+ average in the homeschool who scores a 17 on the ACT test may arouse the admissions director's suspicion and she might require additional testing to bolster the student’s claim of a B+ academic average. Other schools might accept homeschool credentials without asking for further documentation at all. It all just depends on the college and its admissions processes.

If your young person is encountering difficulty during the college application process, at the Center for Homeschool Liberty we are happy to assist them. Admissions officers are generally receptive to our arguments, and we can help you resolve your admissions challenges.

Especially in the high school years, we encourage parents to keep descriptive, voluminous records. Even if you are not required to keep them, your diligence will pay off when it comes to college admission.

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