“I just had to write to let you know that my daughter received the Regent's Scholarship for a $40,700 annual award. I am still in shock daily. Of course this is after hours and hours of work on both of our parts, my daughter writing countless essays and filling out applications, and me writing course descriptions. But we figured out that even if we spent 100 hours in the process, we were actually making about $1600 an hour! I cannot thank you enough for all the direction you have given me over the past few years. Honestly, the college application process has proven to be one of the most challenging things I have ever done. It challenged my faith and sanity. I cannot imagine trying to do it on my own. Thank you for choosing to spend your post-schooling years helping others! The prospect of homeschooling high school IS scary, but looking back, the blessing of intimacy I now share with my daughter by having spent these past four years together was worth it. Thank you for helping!
~ Sincerely, Traci Minor
I have what may seem like an odd question. I would like to know how families pay for the remaining college expenses (room/board, books, fees, etc.) even if they manage to get big scholarships for their student. We already know that our son could get tuition paid at one college, but with the other costs running $11,000 per year (not counting travel expenses to the other side of the country), my husband says we don't have the money to pay for all/most of it and he doesn't want our son to graduate with $40k+ debt. We have two more kids after him to put through college, who are not as likely to get the big money. We are very picky about what schools we're looking at, because our faith is important to us and we want our son in the right college environment.
Do you have any advice to offer on this?
It's not an odd question, Beth.
I think we all wonder about that! In her article, Homeschooling College with CLEP Lee says "Homeschooling college [with CLEP tests] can save a lot of money". In the same article, Lee tells us how to "report your student’s CLEP scores to the colleges they’re interested in applying to." She warns, "it may result in $100 in fees, but because these scores ultimately translate into thousands of dollars in college credits." If you haven't yet, you may want to pick up Lee's Kindle books: Getting the BIG Scholarships and College Scholarships for High School Credit.
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