After all the blood, sweat, and tears of creating comprehensive homeschool records, you have to submit them to colleges in order to reap the rewards. There are three ways to submit thorough homeschool records to colleges.
1. Upload to the Online Application Form
The Common Application Form. The Common App has a place for parents to upload transcripts and course descriptions. The maximum file size that can be uploaded is 2MB ( 2000 KB) and you can get clear instructions from their website.
Sometimes you need to divide your records into smaller chunks in order to meet the upload size limitation. You may need to divide the comprehensive records into two parts. Some parents will upload the transcript plus activity list and reading list into one document, and keep the course descriptions and work samples in the second document. You can learn more about the Common App here: One Common Application - One Uncommonly Challenging Struggle.
Online Application Forms. Other online application forms may have a similar format, allowing for multiple descriptions to be uploaded as a "transcript." Some colleges don't have a specific uploading location. In that case, some parents will cut & paste information as necessary into different areas of the application form.
2. Email to Your College Representative
When interacting with a college, it's likely that a designated admission representative will be assigned to you. They may be assigned by geographical area, or they have a representative assigned to all homeschoolers. You can email the document to that person. When you do that, I suggest you save your document as a PDF prior to emailing it, so that it can't be changed.
Some technical types will send their documents digitally by email without using an attachment. They'll use a dropbox instead; an online cloud storage account to send those documents.
3. Mail Homeschool Records via Snail-Mail
This method has some advantages and disadvantages. It can be costly to print, bind, and mail a long document to multiple colleges. If your comprehensive records are long, it can cost up to $20 per college to print and snail-mail these documents.
There are benefits of mailing by snail-mail. It shows immediate recognition that you are one of "those" parents who are deeply invested in their child's education. It also shows that your family is emotionally invested in the college, which is seen as demonstrated interest, which improves the chances of admission and scholarships for your child.
However you do it, just do it!
Creating a comprehensive record is a lot of work. Make that work go to work for you, and earn some scholarships! Submit those records to colleges!
In my experience, your homeschool course descriptions can make the difference in scholarships. Colleges would rather not give scholarships, of course - they don't want to create any impediments to paying full price for college. For this reason, sometimes colleges will say, "No, thank you." to your comprehensive records. Send them anyway. Sometimes it's smarter to ask for forgiveness than permission. Mail the records first, and ask forgiveness later, if needed.
A student's high school record is the single most important factor in college admission decisions. The academic rigor of classes, and the grades a student gets, are even more important than SAT or ACT scores. Read, NACAC Survey: Grades Matter Most in College Admission.
Studies show that the academic rigor of the high school curriculum is the single best predictor of success in college. Read U.S. Department of Education: The Toolbox Revisited.
So, how can you convince a college of your rigor? Your homeschool course descriptions provide proof that your curriculum is, and has been, challenging. Course descriptions include details that show how your child succeeded with this challenging curriculum, and earned a solid GPA using rigorous material. This is why you create course descriptions.
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