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    This article first appeared at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com and is reprinted here with permission for High School Homeschool Month.

    Is that even possible? With the insatiable rising costs of higher education, the idea of college for many graduates is becoming a distant dream. Who wants to graduate with a pile of school loan debt that will take half a lifetime to pay off? What if there were ways to get through college and be debt free? Well, there’s good news! There ARE ways, and they aren’t as difficult as you may think!

    1. While in high school, take as many dual-credit courses as you can. Make sure that those courses will be recognized by the college you plan to attend in the future.
    2. Do test prep, and take the SAT or ACT as many times as you need to in order to attain your state scholarship level. You see, each time you take the ACT or SAT you get a little more relaxed and you test at your true levels. For example, in our home state of Georgia you need to graduate from an eligible high school with a 3.0 GPA OR obtain an 80th percentile on the SAT or ACT. In most cases, if the student attends a state college, the scholarship will cover 80% of the cost. Of course, if your student gets a higher score on the SAT or ACT, there are other state scholarships that will
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    Have you noticed? Colleges, universities, and local community colleges are making a swift transition toward online learning. Almost every day, there is some new announcement from an institution of higher learning about how they are now offering “this program” or “that course” completely online. Are Lectures Obsolete? University of Adelaide vice-chancellor Warren Bebbington recently declared them to be. He said that the university recognized that if courses were available online, it was likely that students would choose that delivery method over lectures. In fact, he stated that the university might be phasing out lectures altogether! What’s Next, Then? If lectures become obsolete, and more and more information is delivered online, it stands to reason that the universities and colleges of the world will soon no longer have a “monopoly” on higher ed.
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    This article first appeared at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com and is reprinted here with permission for High School Homeschool Month.

    One of the newest trends in homeschooling is that of the dual enrollment credits. It really is an amazing way to get ahead of the game, which explains why the concept has taken off in the past decade. This method of enrolling in a college class while still in high school can truly be life changing as well as budget saving. As the cost of attending college has soared over the last few years, this option almost has become a necessity to some homeschooling families. But you probably still have a few questions about dual credit before you head off to sign up….our aim is to answer them!!

    Should every homeschooled high schooler take dual enrollment courses?

    Not necessarily. There are probably three main reasons that dual enrollment might not be the appropriate option for you….
    1) If you don’t plan on getting any further education after high school. The idea behind DUAL credit is that you are able to earn both high school and college credit with one course. If college isn’t in your future, then this may seem like an unnecessary step
    2) If the college you plan to attend doesn’t accept dual enrollment credits. A meeting with the academic advisor from the four year university from which you intend to receive your Bachelor’s degree is vital. During this meeting you can ask what their policies are concerning transfers, how the various courses will transfer, and any suggestions that they have for which courses should be taken. Along these same lines, if a student plans on attending graduate school, many competitive universities will want to see that a student has taken a heavy load
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