When people find out we homeschool one of the things they are always curious about is college. Many people know someone who has homeschooled for a few years, but homeschooling all the way through and sending a child to college is still unusual. I have sent two kids to college from homeschooling, and have learned a lot.
One of the first decisions to make was what kind of college to apply to. At first my daughter was planning to go to a community college for the first two years and save money. Then she started attending the local community college part-time, and realized she wanted something different. We live 45 minutes from the closest community college, and the drive gets tiring fast. Every day she goes it takes at least 1 1/2 hours out of her day for the commute, more if the weather is bad. Plus with the price of gas going up daily it isn’t as cheap as it seems at first.
My daughter tried an online class last summer. Online education is a great option for saving money and time, since there is no commute and no gas to buy. Unfortunately it was too hard for my daughter to stay motivated without seeing the teacher in person. This kind of education is best for a dedicated, self-motivated student, which Iâ€™m sure is why it is so popular with older adults returning to college.
So in the end she applied to eleven traditional 4 year colleges. She probably didn’t need to apply to that many, but we were worried about how colleges would view her because of the homeschooling. There were no issues though, even with the state schools. My daughter’s grades and test score are good, and that is what the colleges care about. She was admitted to all 11 colleges, and now has to make the hard decision of which one to attend!
Applying to college as a homeschooler means lots of paperwork for the parent, but we found that the colleges were quite receptive to admitting homeschooled students. So I’d encourage parent’s who want to homeschool to keep good records during high school and not stress about the process. Start early and explore all the options and realize that homeschooling doesn’t limit your child’s opportunities.