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aspiecat
05-25-2015, 11:28 AM
DS has officially finished his high school program and is looking towards community college. As an "undocumented student", he is allowed in 47 states (including ours) to be accepted into any college, so long as they'll have him. However, I didn't know that such students *could* attend college in America, until the day after I called our local community colleges...

I went to see Pitch Perfect 2, and noticed one of the characters was clearly an undocumented student, as shme e would talk about possible deportation. I sat there thinking, "Hang on, the local community colleges are telling they cannot take a student who is undocumented, however here is a character in a movie who is clearly at university and about to graduate!" Surely they wouldn't put that in such a movie if it wasn't true...that's a big error to make.

So when I got home I did some research and found out that yes, DS *is* eligible for entry to college, so long as he meets the institution's entry requirements. And as he does for both local CCs, I think it's worth my while stating our case. They may still say no, but it's worth a try, at least for their summer programs, which would be ideal for DS.

Anyone else in the midst of wondering what the next step will be for their newly-"graduated" homeschoolers and, once it's decided, how it might be achieved?

Aspie

Soulhammer
05-26-2015, 06:24 PM
Hope you get a yes from the cc!

We are three years from needing definitive plans, so no pressure for us yet. Like you, we signed up with an online/ correspondence program to check the boxes (James Madison High School). We worked out a four-year plan that lets my kid pursue what interests him but that also helps him to meet entrance requirements for several colleges we've talked with. My son will do CC classes for his last year and a half at home and then transfer into a 4-year, probably in-state. Doing the fairly light correspondence program and figuring out that we can always ease our admissions worries by transferring from the CC was a huge load off my mind and is really freeing my son up to explore his own interests without worrying about foreclosing possibilities after graduation.

I am eager to see how things work out for you with the PF/hs diploma. Congrats on getting done!

inmom
05-27-2015, 07:29 AM
My newly graduated dd has her plans in place: English/Journalism major at U of Iowa in the fall. We go next week for orientation and to register for classes.

It's the rising senior ds who doesn't know where he wants to go. We've visited a couple of places (Purdue & Univ of Illinois), but that's it so far. He now at last knows what he wants to major in--computer programming. He's going to use the summer to get a head start on the essays for the common app since he absolutely HATES writing and hates to do it under pressure.

aspiecat
05-27-2015, 09:17 AM
Unfortunately, the community colleges won't budge. And the nearest university, which allegedly takes undocumented students on, apparently takes them on "if they have a green card". When I informed them that means the students are not in fact undocumented, they got confused.

*facepalm*

So DS cannot attend anything now until immigration decides to get things moving. Frustrating, as there is nothing to do around here, unless you have friends (he does not) or are a member of one of the dozens of churches, which he of course isn't. So the poor kid will literally be stuck at home all day, every day, playing video games.

Great to hear about your kids' plans, Souldhammer and inmom! Exciting to make these plans, isn't it?

inmom
05-27-2015, 10:23 AM
So DS cannot attend anything now until immigration decides to get things moving. Frustrating, as there is nothing to do around here, unless you have friends (he does not) or are a member of one of the dozens of churches, which he of course isn't. So the poor kid will literally be stuck at home all day, every day, playing video games.

Aspiecat, I'm sure the uncertainty of your situation is frustrating. You're holding up much better than I would!

May I further a suggestion that I think was made to you on another thread? Would your son be interested in pursuing MOOC courses of interest to him?

Here's why I ask. In his role at work, my husband is asked on occasion to spend a day on a campus and collect resumes from prospective employees. He's run into students who have had some interest in particular fields or subjects but couldn't get the course they wanted on campus. So they took MOOC courses to further their education instead. My husband believes that shows initiative and an ability to further an education beyond the walls of an actual school, both great things to show a future employer. He suggested they include these on a resume.

Just something to do besides the video games.

LKnomad
05-28-2015, 02:48 PM
Aspiecat just wanted to send you my sympathy for your son's issues with college and documentation. I am in CA where "Dreamers" can go to school and even get financial aid. My older son is at a public high school in Los Angeles County, lots of Dreamers, and they had a meeting for undocumented students so they could get help with paperwork.

It really depends on the attitude of those around you. Have you considered a college in a more friendly state? Is living away from home an option for your son?

aspiecat
05-29-2015, 05:05 PM
Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I

mom - he has done a couple of MOOCs in the academic year, and he's looking at another for the summer.

LKnomad - we cannot move as we have to wait for me to get a job in a suitable state, and I cannot even apply for work until I have a green card. We currently live with DH's parents (due to his condition he has never been able to live alone; he has EDS), and will stay here until we finally get to move to a - in your words - more friendly state.