If you're already a homeschooler or you plan to homeschool your child, it's never too early to get a plan together. With homeschooling increasing in popularity, many high school students and their parents are looking into ways homeschoolers can earn college credit - and finding several options!
But there are a few important things to remember when looking into earning college credits while homeschooling.
Before you even think about enrolling in or starting a course for college credit, there are a few things you should do.
The first thing you should do is always have a conversation with an admissions rep to make sure the credits you're earning are transferable in the way you think they are. (If you can find it in writing somewhere, even better.)
Although many excellent schools are offering college credits for homeschoolers, it's wise to be wary of new colleges until you're absolutely sure they'll accept the hard work you're putting in. Check each school's policies carefully.
Unfortunately, there are lots of misconceptions and a great deal of misinformation circulated about homeschool requirements, so getting information straight from those who work directly within the admissions process is best.
Be sure to ask them: Will your homeschool transcript be accepted? Will your homeschool student need to take the SAT or ACT or can they simply take a placement test?
You'll probably have the best experience if you make an appointment with someone familiar with homeschooling at the college so they can walk you through the steps correctly.