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Successful College Applications

Successful College Applications
  Check this out!  One of my Gold Care Club members just found out that she is getting some AMAZING college scholarships!  This is a the senior portrait of Rebecca's daughter. How does that happen? Here are some tips for success.  When Rebecca wrote to me about her daughter, she spoke about things that worked well (or not) and gave some great suggestions for others. What can we glean from this successful homeschool to college application? October...
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3 Steps to Finding a College

3 Steps to Finding a College
Let me fill you in on a little secret. Finding a college is kind of like "finding" dinner each night.  First you have to go to the store and buy the food.  Then you have to decide how to cook it.  Then you make a gorgeous, colorful, and healthful meal on a perfectly set table with a fabulous centerpiece.... right? Haha!  Gotcha!  I know homeschoolers aren't typically the "centerpiece" type.  But you get my point -...
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3 Most Important Scholarship Tips

3 Most Important Scholarship Tips
Every year some perfectly wonderful homeschool students miss out on scholarships. Don't let that happen to you! These are the 3 things that make the difference between smart kids that DO get scholarships, and smart kids that don't.  Ready? 1. Apply for colleges first thing senior year - finish all applications by the end of November. Yup. Now. 2. Apply to 4-8 schools, with a mix of public and private universities 3. Apply to reach, fit,...
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Applying to California Colleges

Applying to California Colleges
California colleges can seem a little "homeschool-challenging" at times, but it really is possible to attend these colleges as an independent homeschooler. Let's look at a private college, the University of Southern California (USC).  You have to provide some additional outside documentation, through testing.  They want to see at least 3 SAT Subject Tests. To be honest, though, it's not JUST homeschooled kids that have to provide the additional testing.  It's also kids who go to...
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Military Academy Admission and Upper Echelon Colleges

Military Academy Admission and Upper Echelon Colleges
A mother shared her concerns that the military may still harbor some hesitation about homeschoolers.  Requesting anonymity, she wrote this heart-felt letter: "The official line of the military academies and of ROTC is that they love homeschoolers and the diversity that they bring.  However, during the application process, we found that to be not so true.  My son had an impeccable resume for academics (4.0, college prep classes, 13 hours from the community college, 35 superscore...
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What About College?

What About College?
It’s a common question, frequently posed by skeptical friends and  loved ones. When homeschooling high school, the question “what about college? ” becomes more pressing. Intuitively, parents know that if they try to homeschool high school – and in some way fail – there will be nobody to blame but themselves. Parents are looking for some peace of mind that this path can lead them to the promised land of college admissions and scholarships. I have...
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Admission Advice for Homeschool Military Academy Enrollees

Admission Advice for Homeschool Military Academy Enrollees
Military academies. The uncomplicated thing concerning getting in is to be a homeschooler. The complicated part with regards to getting in, is everything else! The military academy candidates looking for admission have to get a nomination, in most cases through a congressman. When was the last time you talked to your representative? Sally and I happen to be chatting concerning her son’s application to a military academy, and she has verified their admission requirements again. The...
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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...
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Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers

Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers
How to get great letters of recommendation for your homeschooler. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Coast Guard Academy Admissions

Coast Guard Academy Admissions
If you are a prepared homeschool parent, no doubt you’re steadily working on your child’s transcripts, you have test dates on your calendar, and perhaps even a few college visits planned for the summer of junior year.  But even with all that preparation, it’s important to remember that admission requirements are often unique between schools, and what one school requires might be very different from another.  If your child has her heart set on a particular...
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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...
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How to Assess College Admission Requirements

How to Assess College Admission Requirements
How to understand college admission requirements. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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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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3 Waves of Scholarships

3 Waves of Scholarships
Scholarships come in waves.  They don't all come at once and they don't all come when you receive college admission. And, unfortunately, they don't all come by the time you have to decide on your college, either.  To say the least, they certainly don't come when it's convenient, that's for sure. Three Waves of Scholarships  Scholarships come in Waves - 3 waves, actually.  The first wave is scholarship money based on application numbers.  That means the...
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National Merit Success Story

National Merit Success Story
If your child tends to be a little bit on the "smart" side, start researching the National Merit Scholarship early in high school.  With just a little practice, smart kids can do stunningly well in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  And homeschooler can win!   Renee wrote to share about her daughter's successes. I had to share the news about my daughter Abigail. This go-around (as opposed to the first two children), we listed her as...
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