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Six Steps to Figuring Out Your Next Steps After High School

By Michelle Jones | January 22, 2018

What do you want to do with your life? You’ve probably been asked this question for as long as you can remember. The message that we have been inundated with is education is the key, and a four-year college is the only path to success. And we keep going to school until the day that […]

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Seven ways middle school families can start planning for high school (and college)

By Matthew Bass | January 18, 2018

When is the right time to start planning high school courses? If you’re the parent of a student in late elementary school or middle school, you’ve probably asked that question. Knowing when to start planning for high school is hard enough, but throw in the wrinkle of how best to prepare for college, and it […]

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Late to the Game? No Problem.

By Jill Harper | January 15, 2018

By mid-January most students have applied to their schools, sent in their test scores, gathered their letters of recommendations, and filled out their financial aid information. For these students the next few months is a time of relaxation and of anxiety as they wait for decisions to be made. But what if you, or your […]

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SAT/ACT Test Prep: Tips and Strategies for Homeschoolers

By Robin Pool | January 12, 2018

(NOTE: This article addresses the student who, after all, will be studying for and taking the test herself. If you’re a parent, I suggest you print this out and read it together with your student. Then help her make a plan to implement.)   As a homeschooler, you have many strengths that help you test […]

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How Dinosaurs Picked a College

By Lessa Scherrer | January 3, 2018

Back in the day, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, a prospective college student would have to comb through file drawers full of viewbooks and brochures from colleges to decide which college to attend. If T. Rexie was lucky, his counselor had been in business a good long while and had accumulated lots of this kind […]

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The Value of a College Planning Professional

By Nicole Cole | December 11, 2017

For many families hiring financial professionals is a routine part of their lives. People hire CPAs or accountants to do their taxes, attorneys to draft wills and legal documents, insurance agents to protect their property and lives, and investment counselors to help manage their money. However, it is only very recently that families have considered […]

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College Admissions for Homeschoolers: 4 Important Tips from Admissions Officers

By Lori Dunlap | November 13, 2017

If you’re a member of The Uncommon Applicant*, you’ve probably heard by now about Lori Dunlap’s new book, “From Home Education to Higher Education“. But did you know that the book was inspired by, and includes the results of, a national research project that involved over 150 homeschooling families and more than 50 admissions officers? […]

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Homeschooling With College in Mind

By Lori Dunlap | October 29, 2017

For many families who are homeschooling their kids through high school, the decision to pursue this path was made with a fair amount of hand wringing.  Most of us spent a significant amount of time researching information online, talking to other parents, and generally imagining every potential problem and worst-case scenario before deciding to take […]

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Book Update!

By Lori Dunlap | October 29, 2017

The book reviews for “From Home Education to Higher Education” are coming in, and it’s very exciting, to say the least! Here’s what one reader, an independent college counselor, had to say: “For educators and others wanting to understand the wide range of homeschooling experiences, examine the myths surrounding homeschooling, and become familiar with some […]

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Eight Tips for Making an Amazing High School Transcript

By Matthew Bass | October 29, 2017

Applying to college—whether you’re a homeschool parent or student, it can be hugely stressful. Information overload, looming deadlines, and attempts to submit the perfect application can weigh you down, creating a pressure-cooker of anxiety. Often, one of the most intimidating parts of the process is getting your high school transcript right. Fortunately, there are some […]

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