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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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College Cost Infographic

College Cost Infographic
This infographic has some interesting information about college. Scroll down and look at the college majors with the highest unemployment.  Compare that to the starting pay for some of those college majors. These are good details to know when you are looking at the cost of college.Will your child get a job?Can your child earn enough to pay off college debt?Our children don't always understand the long-term consequences of college debt, and we need to help...
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Guest — JW
When was that graphic made? It looks accurate for about 2007, at least for computer science! My husband used to earn about what ... Read More
Monday, 03 February 2014 19:54
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Apply to More Than One College

Apply to More Than One College
One of my Gold Care Club members was concerned, and said,"My daughter wants to go to only ONE college. It's an excellent match for her, test scores are comparable, and they accept about 75% of applicants. Is it really essential that she apply to more than one college?" I have seen other members apply to only one college. Afterward, they told me they were wrong and begged me to warn other parents."Tell them to apply for more than...
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College Admission and Scholarship Success Story

College Admission and Scholarship Success Story
    College Admission and Scholarship Success Story There’s nothing more stressful to parents than worrying about college admission and scholarship earnings. Many parents question whether it’s even possible to find a college that is satisfying to both parent and child, a college that will love their student and offer them scholarships to attend. And yet every year at about this time, I'm flooded with letters from successful parents and students.  It doesn't happen by accident.  Success...
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Sinking Homeschoolers Feeling the Squeeze

Sinking Homeschoolers Feeling the Squeeze
Do you feel like you are SINKING? Are you feeling the squeeze? Do you feel like you are SINKING? Are you feeling the squeeze?Many homeschoolers are sinking financially.  You know, SINK – single income, numerous kids!My family functioned on a single income, so when we started thinking about college for two boys, we knew we’d have to come up with some creative ways to fund it. I spent a lot of time researching scholarships, and developed...
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5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions

5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions
Kerrie posted the sweetest comment on Facebook, while in the midst of a challenging marathon of writing her course descriptions.This is what a house looks like at Christmastime when you wait until the last minute to write course descriptions and reading lists for college applications! Lee Binz of The HomeScholar - we should've listened to your advice and started much earlier! See well-worn copies of the two books on top of paper pile! (College Admission and...
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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 26thDear Lee,I was a...
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Guest — Lee
Abby, Some colleges just want to check off things from their list - and if the list includes AP, that's what they want. Some univ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:15
Guest — Abby
This mom says that her daughter will have an AA degree from a community college, so why are AP tests and any previous homeschoolin... Read More
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 22:51
Guest — Elise
I'd second the advice to get those applications in early...starting in the summer if at all possible. Since my son's first choice,... Read More
Monday, 25 November 2013 20:45
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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 - dinner...
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The 3 Most Important Scholarship Tips

The 3 Most Important Scholarship Tips
Every year some perfectly wonderful homeschool students miss out on college scholarships. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Read on to find out my 3 most important scholarship tips to help your student! Missing out doesn't have to happen to you! In addition to the 3 most important scholarship tips, you can earn more homeschool scholarships by 'clipping college coupons'! These 9 “coupons” you can clip to earn homeschool scholarships, reduce college costs, and...
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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 unaccredited public...
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Guest — SoCalLynn
I think there needs to be some clarification here. USC is not part of the UC (University of California) college system. USC (Unive... Read More
Thursday, 10 October 2013 17:44
Guest — Lee
Thank you, SoCalLynn! I have made some edits to clarify. Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 10 October 2013 18:33
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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 on...
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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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Guest — Lee
Dear Lilia, I have a free class on making course descriptions here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-records-webinar.php... Read More
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:38
Guest — Lilia Janss
Hi, I am helping my son apply for ASU college admission and I am filling out the lab sciences forms they require;so I need descrip... Read More
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:44
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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 things...
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Guest — Janet
Eva, I agree with J. Rivers, but I would be careful to check on any JROTC unit as to its quality. We were thinking of doing the sa... Read More
Monday, 02 September 2013 22:35
Guest — J. Rivers
Also, the Harvard University Extension School offers online courses, and summer programs for high schoolers. If a student takes c... Read More
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 20:47
Guest — J. Rivers
Jr. ROTC is beneficial, as are the Civil Air Patrol, Sea Cadets, and Coast Guard Auxiliary, if any of those are in your area. Sop... Read More
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 17:54
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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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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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Guest — JW
LOL, next time someone says something about socialization, I'll just point them to this video - you're advocating what's known as ... Read More
Saturday, 20 July 2013 12:00
Guest — Lee
Hi Ellen! Fun to see a friend "in real life" on my blog, LOL! Yes, it's OK to send the letters before the transcript! Your appl... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:58
Guest — Ellen Joslin
Thanks for the tips for Letters of Recommendation. I especially like your tip on furnishing the student's activity list, etc. to t... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:36
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