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Getting into College: Advice for Homeschoolers

Researching educational options and formulating a plan for college can seem overwhelming to homeschool parents. But starting early and being thorough are key. Begin by becoming familiar with all the college-prep resources that are available to parents today. Once you know what to expect and how to prepare, the task will seem much less daunting.

Recommended Reading

These excellent books can assist homeschool parents and their teens as they navigate the confusing path from homeschool to college.

  • And What About College?: How Homeschooling Can Lead to Admissions to the Best Colleges & Universities by Cafi Cohen (Holt Associates, 2000).

  • College Financial Aid for Dummies by Herm Davis and Joyce Lain Kennedy (John Wiley & Sons, 1997).

  • Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook: Preparing 12- to 18-Year-Olds for Success in the College of Their Choice by Cafi Cohen (Crown Publishing Group, 2000).

  • The Homeschooler's Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts by Loretta Heuer, M.Ed. (Peterson's, 2000).

  • Homeschooling the Teen Years: Your Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13 to 18 Year Old by Cafi Cohen (Crown Publishing Group, 2000).

Helpful Websites

Diploma and Independent Study Programs:

Free online scholarship searches:

List of colleges that do not require the SAT:

U.S. Department of Education's The Student Guide, a comprehensive resource on student financial aid:



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