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    Miguel next year has 4 AP courses (AP college language, AP US history, AP Psych, AP Bio), pre-calc, and two co-ops. He needs 100 hours of community service to drop his tuition to $100/per credit at a state university. Is his course load to heavy to add 5 hr/wk of volunteering? I'd like to get it over with while he's to young to work. Can I use those volunteer hours for other scholarships? Again, next year he goes to Community college so this course load is to over prepare him for his college studies. He needs about $10,000/year in grants and scholarships AFTER bright futures scholarship to go to college.
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    I think there are two issues here. How much can he handle and how does the state program want it done.

    You will have to check with the state school to see how they want the volunteer hours divided up. I don't think their goal is for student to "get it over with" as soon as possible. They probably want fewer hours over a longer period of time. But again, you will have to check with their policy to make the judgement.

    How much can he handle? Well, I think that is a judgement call. What does your son say?
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    I know there's isn't "get it done" but mine is so that he can concentrate on school. I don't want him to burn out. He hasn't said anything besides wanting to volunteer at the library.
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    Maybe see how he does with his current course load first and go from there. There's always summer to volunteer.
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    If he did 10 hours a week over 8 weeks of summer, he'd have the vast majority done and then would only have to do 1 hour a week for the remaining 20 weeks needed. That might be easier. Or see if he could do like 4 hours volunteering at a stretch.

    Alternatively, if you worry about burn out, have him split it so he does 50 hours with one thing and 50 hours with something else. This way he's not doing the same thing for all 100 hours.

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