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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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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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Homeschool Records Worth Imitating

Homeschool Records Worth Imitating
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is hearing the stories my clients tell of their success in college admission and scholarships.  I know from experience the excitement of hearing that my student was admitted to his number one college, and the relief we felt when he won scholarships.  Hearing your stories is what keeps me doing this work of encouragement, so imagine my delight when Lisa in Washington sent me this:                                                           “Hi Lee!  During the registration...
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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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Review Admission Policies Carefully!

Review Admission Policies Carefully!
Each college is unique, so review each college admission policy very carefully.When you look at a college website to see what their admission requirements are for homeschoolers, it can be sort of...well, off-putting. Often it looks intimidating. Sometimes it's just downright scary! They use big words, acronyms, and bold font. But if you cut through the fear, you will often find a college policy that is actually fairly reasonable.Voice quivering at first, a member recently asked...
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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 private school...
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Living Overseas? How to Plan a College Visit

Living Overseas? How to Plan a College Visit
I have so many military and missionary members and subscribers, sometimes I feel like I travel the globe as I talk to people.  It's so fun! I often get questions about how my military and missionary friends can plan for college visits.When homeschoolers live overseas, make the best use of your breaks in the US.  Visit colleges, as many as you can, during your visits back to the US. For overseas families, try to find colleges that...
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How Much For This Test Score?

How Much For This Test Score?
I wish I could give nice, concrete, set-in-stone answers for everyone.  Especially when it comes to money, it's so important to get answers.  But paying for college is a lot like buying a house.  It requires a lot of estimation as well as serious research.Are there any charts out there that break down SAT and ACT  scores and scholarship dollars?  I understand that all colleges do not cost the same and the dollar amount in scholarships...
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Guest — Sandy Grant
We found that that you might get scholarships that you weren't expecting. My daughters grades and test scores were not WOW but we... Read More
Saturday, 22 June 2013 22:24
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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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Guest — Renee G
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
Sunday, 18 November 2012 05:25
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Fee Waivers for Tests and Applications

Fee Waivers for Tests and Applications
Homeschooling isn't cheap.  We pay for our own curriculum, supplies, and teacher manuals.  It doesn't get cheaper as kids get older, either!  For some families, finances are a HUGE issue, even while they are committed to homeschooling through high school.  Here is some helpful advice for these parents who are thinking about college admission. Two important truthsHomeschoolers tend to be single-income families.Homeschoolers love to save money.Two important expensesSAT and ACT tests are required for admission, and...
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Guest — Elijah
Hi, I'm not sure how active this blog still is, but if someone sees this, I would really appreciate some help. My family talked ... Read More
Thursday, 12 September 2019 03:28
Robin
Don't give up, Elijah School districts can be really difficult. Do you have an advocate on staff at school? A teacher or guidance... Read More
Thursday, 12 September 2019 22:27
Guest — Elijah
Thank you for the encouraging words. The school guidance counselor is the one that provided the test, but she's one of the main pe... Read More
Friday, 13 September 2019 00:12
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THANK YOU from Canada

THANK YOU from Canada
I love our neighbors to the north - and not just because I live in Seattle and can almost see Canada from my house.  And not just because my daughter-in-law is Canadian and calls her mother "Queen Mum."  I love Canadian homeschoolers because they are just like ALL homeschoolers!  They are parents trying hard to provide the best possible education for the children, for college and for life.   Three of my Canadian friends have assured me...
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Guest — J W
The HomeScholar goes international! I love it! You sure have come a long way in the last few years! WOO HOO!
Monday, 13 August 2012 17:33
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Documenting Homeschool Academic Records

Documenting Homeschool Academic Records
Should you include documentation of your students academic record by year or by subject on your transcript? Do colleges prefer to see the classes by subject organization: english, math, history etc. or do they prefer to know which year your student completed what subject: Freshman, sophomore, junior etc.? The trouble with these questions is that there isn’t a one size fits all answer.I decided to put both on my sons transcripts. The reason why is because...
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Guest — J W
Thanks!
Thursday, 09 August 2012 21:39
Guest — Saprina
Thank you for addressing this as I had been wondering as I did it by year which one was the best to choose. I am mostly just tryi... Read More
Thursday, 09 August 2012 11:37
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Saprina, Lee has a blog post that you might find helpful in this area: Do Colleges Care about Homeschool Grades? Also, The HomeS... Read More
Friday, 10 August 2012 09:43
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In the News - Homeschool Graduates Succeed!

In the News - Homeschool Graduates Succeed!
  Homeschooling Goes To College"Today homeschooling is a credible, viable educational choice that is garnering respect, even admiration, from outside educators. At the nation's elite colleges and universities, once-wary admissions officers are validating the benefits of a home education in the best way possible - with much- coveted acceptances.www.carolinajournal.comHomeschoolers Ready for College"Myths about unsocialized home-schoolers are false, and most are well prepped for college, experts say."www.usnews.comHomeschooled Students Well-Prepared For College, Study Finds"Studies suggest that those who...
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Guest — Homeschool Dad
Great collection! This information needs to get out more. I'm surprised by so many who still think differently. Homeschooling wil... Read More
Thursday, 19 July 2012 07:34
Guest — Debbi
Nice to read those and see what others have done. I've got a few years still to plan but we're thinking backyard bbq with ceremony... Read More
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:13
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Keeping Work Samples for College Admission

Keeping Work Samples for College Admission
 In our family’s homeschool experience, it seemed that colleges asked for some pretty strange things when our sons applied for admission.  One college asked for their transcripts in a sealed envelope, signed on the outside by the principal (my husband).  Another asked for transcripts from a ‘recognized homeschool agency’ (what is that?!).   A lot of colleges, though, want samples of a student’s homeschool work, and this at least is a reasonable and quite common request.  In...
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