From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers

From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers
Success! I love it when people write to say THANK YOU and share their successes! I got this awesome note from Jen in Pennsylvania. Read some of her tips, and see what you can glean from her experiences today. From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers I want to thank you for all that you have done for me in my homeschool-mom journey.I've been a Gold Care Club member for a long time and it has been...
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Budget for College Applications

Budget for College Applications
Budget for College Applications It's normal to pay $30-$100 per college applicationDon't think about it as your homeschool budget, think of it as a down payment on the total cost of college - as if by applying you will get more scholarships. It's possible to have the application cost deferred, if you ask. Most colleges will defer the cost of application if you simple go for a college visit. You can also ask the college to...
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Real Story, Real Money, Real Scholarships

Real Story, Real Money, Real Scholarships
Persistence can pay off with real money and big-time scholarships!A homeschooler was kind enough to share her success on my Facebook page. Her story is more like two successes, combined into one magnificent story.In the first half of the story, she tells us about her child, struggling to earn college scholarships based on her SAT score.My daughter was 10 points away from the number she needed for $2000 more in scholarships per year! I called the school...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you, Ann! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:18
Guest — Ann
I wrote a letter to a highly regarded music school in our area that my son was very interested in attending, and they bumped his s... Read More
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:14
Guest — J W
How many hours would I have to work to earn that kind of money? A lot more hours than I work now, LOL. My younger child was rece... Read More
Friday, 26 October 2012 18:19
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Learn 100% About One College

Learn 100% About One College
What Colleges Want It's difficult to find out exactly what colleges want, because they are all different. Instead of the stress of figuring out what ALL colleges want, try to figure out what your number one college is and learn 100% about ONE college. Get to know absolutely everything about them. Learn their preferences and visit that college for sure. Then tailor your remaining homeschool years to meet their requirements.  In all of your communications, show them you love...
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College Scholarships for Homeschoolers

College Scholarships for Homeschoolers
College Scholarships for Homeschoolers Lets play the "College website" game! Check out this college's explanation of academic merit scholarships online: UVU Academic Merit Scholarships.  What can you learn? First, their financial aid is DIRECTLY tied to ACT scores. By studying for the test, you can save thousands of dollars. Second, notice how easily they can convert an SAT score to an ACT score. Colleges are used to seeing both tests. Third, GPA matters. Although this college doesn't...
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Guest — Cherlye Collins
I have a 12 year old daughter that I have been home-schooling since she was 8 years old, she wants to be a doctor or a scientist. ... Read More
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 13:23
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Cherlye, I think that's our favorite thing about homeschooling! You know your daughter best, and you can "get started on her fu... Read More
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:49
Guest — Jocelyn
Hi Lee, It's so great that you are bringing this to people's attention! I also noticed some colleges ask how many honors classes ... Read More
Monday, 13 January 2014 08:00
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Focus on Your Child's Strengths

Focus on Your Child's Strengths
What will your story be, when your child finishes high school? Are you putting focus on your child's strengths when you create records? Read about Kelly's daughter who received $11,000 in financial aid!Lee, we bought Setting the Record Straight some months ago to prepare our oldest daughter's transcript. We were late in our application because we moved cross country due to a work transfer this winter.  I admit I felt unprepared, confident in her education, but...
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3 College Application Tips

3 College Application Tips
Getting ready to send in your college applications? How about a few quick tips to get you started?!  1. Modify your college application essays Many colleges have similar essay prompts. You can reuse essays for applications to different colleges, and save lots of trouble by writing fewer essays. At the same time, though, make sure to personalize the essay to the specific college you are applying to. So first, write the essay. Then modify the essay,...
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Guest — Colleen
We've had everything ready to go for awhile, but have had to wait for his college calculus professor to turn in his letter of reco... Read More
Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:16
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's so frustrating, Colleen! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:10
Guest — TIM
I just published my own list of college application "hacks." Recognizing the common areas of information that schools require is ... Read More
Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:07
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Can Delight Directed Learning Help Earn Scholarships?

Can Delight Directed Learning Help Earn Scholarships?
Can Delighted Directed Learning Help Earn Scholarships? Have you collected delight directed learning on your child's transcript yet? Click on Lee's video below to learn how delight directed learning can be the key to full-tuition scholarships!What types of delight directed learning is your child accomplishing in your homeschool? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!Want to learn more about delight directed learning?...
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"Only" a Small Christian College

"Only" a Small Christian College
"Only" a Small Christian College A slip of the finger and the email goes to the wrong person.  It's mortifying...I always hope it won't be hurtful to anyone, though. One day, I was on the receiving end. Someone wrote to a friend about me, and sent it to me instead! Not hurtful at all, but still...I think it's an opportunity for me to explain something:"While she touts that her boys got into their "first choice schools"...they are small, private...
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Guest — Suzanne
Anyone looking at sending their child/ren to the Ivy Leagues should do some major investigating. They now have official "sex weeks... Read More
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 00:44
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
So true, Suzanne! That's always good advice! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:54
Guest — Alesia
It never crossed our minds that our daughter would go to a Christian college after we completed our homeschooling journey. Not tha... Read More
Monday, 21 July 2014 20:40
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Junior Year is Key to Successful College Admission

Junior Year is Key to Successful College Admission
I love seeing people successfully navigate through the process college admission.  Jennifer wrote to me recently, and was thankful for my book College Admission and Scholarships.  She strongly recommends that people learn about howJunior Year is the Key to Success. I have meant to write you personally about the book.  I am really finding it helpful.My daughter and I have started a notebook with the different colleges.  What are the admissions policies.  What types of essays do...
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45 Tips for Earning Big Scholarships

45 Tips for Earning Big Scholarships
The best scholarships come to those with the biggest effort. If your child has a college interview, be prepared! Read these 45 tips for earning big college scholarships and be well prepared for any college interview or scholarship competition. You've done a great job educating your kids. They are bright, intelligent, well socialized and have an area of passionate interest. They have all the required classes, great grades, excellent test scores, and wonderful letters of recommendation. You...
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Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!

Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!
"Honey, There's a Crazed Mob of Scholarship-Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!" While we can't promise that this will happen to you, "The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships" really is a treasure trove for college bound homeschoolers and their parents! This paperback book is available now on Amazon. Grab your copy today! Find a College - and Afford it! This book will help your student find a college to love, a college that...
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Go-Getter Gets Scholarships! Tuition Zero!

Go-Getter Gets Scholarships! Tuition Zero!
Dana is a long-time member, and she wrote to me ecstatically sharing about her daughter's scholarship awards.  I asked her to share the advice she would like to give to other mothers, and she has some wonderful suggestions that I think you will find useful!Dear Lee,I have been meaning to follow up and let you know the results of Natalie's college applications. It has been an extremely busy month with her graduation. She will be attending...
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Win or Lose, Scholarships Reap Rewards

Win or Lose, Scholarships Reap Rewards
When you compete for a scholarship, chances are someone is going to lose. Usually there is more than one qualified applicant. Someone will come up short. But if you need scholarships, then it will pay off if you apply to MANY scholarship applications, to improve your chance. Win or lose, there is the chance of a great reward! Applying for an application may take a lot of work - often the child needs to write a...
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National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers

National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers
Money for College! Have you seen billboards and newspaper articles announcing that a student is a National Merit Scholar?  Did you know that those students entered the competition by taking the PSAT? The National Merit Scholarship is the best known high school scholarship in the nation, and the only way to win is to start with the PSAT test.  Therefore, the single most important thing you can do to win that scholarship is to make sure...
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My dd is a semi-finalist this year. If she gets finalist (90% do), her college of choice will give her a scholarship that includes... Read More
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