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Preparing for College,
the Application Process and Financial Aid
October 25, 2001
Presenters: Lydia Knopf
Director of Community Programs and Services
Manager of Homeschool Outreach
Take a closer look into
Manager of Homeschool Outreach
La Mirada, California
Director of Community Programs and Services Biola University
La Mirada, California
Now that we’ve looked at some
informal perceptions of Admissions
professionals from a focus group
setting, let’s take a look at a
In 1997, Dr. Irene Prue, Assistant Director of Admission of Georgia Southern University, released a nationwide survey of admissions personnel’s knowledge, attitudes and experiences with home educated applicants. In general, a total of 210 (out of the 1,289 surveyed) respondents to the study reported:
An additional source offers more insights...
“[Homeschoolers are] often self-motivated, [achieve] higher test scores, and in general are better students. One weakness is that they aren’t always in sync with the ‘calendar’ for applying to college and seeking financial aid. Another issue is that they don’t all keep adequate (or orderly) records of their studies.”
Homeschooling High School, Dennis, p.145
Why Homeschoolers Can Be a "Speed Bump" in the Road
and What You Can Do to Help Smooth the Way.
National Center for Home Education
Recommendations to Colleges About Admissions Policies
(A Way to Assess Homeschool Friendliness)
In 1996 the National Center for Home Education conducted a nationwide college survey:
a sampling of the home school admission policies in all 50 states. National Center’s liberal definition of “policy” includes colleges that take into account home schoolers’ unique capabilities and circumstances.
Only 44% of the responding colleges had verbal or written policies for home school applicants.
Course descriptions or portfolios are accepted in lieu of an accredited diploma or GED by 93% of the schools polled.
Nevertheless, 96% of the colleges polled had at least one and sometimes over 200 home educated students enrolled at their college.
Several colleges had home schoolers excelling in their honors programs.
“We look at them in their own individual situations,” was the welcoming attitude expressed by a director of admissions in New Jersey. “We just try to be open minded.”
Copyright 1996, 1999, 2000 National Center for Home Education.
Reprint permission granted.
Would you like to have a part in building the bridges between homeschoolers and colleges?
Insights From Reputable Colleges
Wheaton’s 1999-2000 freshman class had 104 (out of 550) students who had been homeschooled at least one year.
Most of their home educated students “have done very well. They usually are very motivated in what they do.”
“We believe students educated at home possess the passion for knowledge, the independence, and the self reliance that enable them to excel in our intellectually challenging programs of study.”
“Homeschoolers bring certain skills - motivation, curiosity, the capacity to be responsible for their education - that high schools don’t induce very well.”
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Wall Street Journal
Feb. 11, 2000
Take the SAT/ACT
Decide which colleges you will apply to
Submit Application (hard copy or on-line)
The fall semester of senior year
$45 Average Fee
Pastor’s Reference & Teacher’s Reference
Prefer an additional reference outside of the family
Submit SAT/ACT scores
Possible Admissions Interview(in person or via phone)
High School & College Transcripts (if applicable)
Apply the fall semester of senior year!
MARCH 2nd, FAFSA, GPA Verification Form, UAA Deadline (best to apply in early January)
MARCH 15th, Deadline for CSS, SURGE,
(Must be accepted to the college by this date)
MAY 1st, Last day to update information for academic scholarships
MAY 1st, National Enrollment Deposit Deadline
JUNE 1st, Admissions Application Deadline
JULY 15th, Orientation Information is mailed out
AUGUST 19th, Orientation Opening Day
AUGUST 21st - 23rd, Fall Registration
AUGUST 24th, First Day of Classes
Is a College Education Worth the Expense?
Consider the Costs of Attending Four or More Years of College
Tuition and Fee estimates based upon 1998-99 system-wide and average campus-based fees. Living costs estimates based upon 1998-99 California Student Aid Commission student expenses budget. Income estimates based upon 1996 Bureau of the Census data.
The Financial Aid Partnership
Do You Have Need?
Expected Family Contribution?VS.What is my financial need?
Gap to fill:=$6,744=$4,214=$5,214
Add in EFC:+$2,550+$2,550+$2,550
Out of Pocket:=$9,294=$6,764=$7,764
COE(Cost of Education)- EFC(Expected Family Contribution)= Your Aid Eligibility
Minus Financial Aid
Cal Grant A-$1,506-$9,036-$9,036
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
GPA Verification Form
For California Residents and Cal Grant Applicants
University Aid Application Form
1. Apply for Aid After January 1st.
March 2nd Deadline
2. Receive your
3. Send in the
5. Register for school;
pay down payment.
4. Receive your
Confirmed Award Letter.
Financial Aid Timeline
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